This handy guide is filled with facts, fakes, and fun. More than 50 6302405scenarios are presented. To start things off you read the background of the event accompanied by splashy colorful pictures. The next step is to use your reasoning skills to determine whether the event was REAL or FAKE. I correctly answered on most of them but several stumped me. What do you think?

A robot hitchhiked across Canada.

Spaghetti grows on trees.

A spacecraft landed on a comet.

Elephants use their ears, feet and trunks to hear.

Once you decide on REAL or FAKE, a turn of the page reveals the truth along with a thorough explanation. What a great way to fill those bad weather days or for those car and plane trips that seem to drag on forever. You can extend the fun by going online to watch the ten episode game show also called REAL OR FAKE.

Here’s the official blurb for REAL OR FAKE? by Emily Krieger: (ages 8-12) – NEW SERIES ALERT! –  Can you mail an unpackaged coconut via the United States Postal Service? Are tiger cubs born furless and without stripes?  Did China build a secret city for 1,000 people on the sea floor? Is there really a type of bird with tiny, useless wings, hairlike feathers and nostrils at the END of its beak or is it just a hoax? Real or Fake tests your detective skills to determine which stories are real and which, in fact, are fake (oh, and yes, you CAN mail a coconut, China did NOT build an underwater city and that bird is not a hoax!  It is a kiwi!).  Also included are history’s greatest hoaxes, secrets behind a good fake, internet urban legends, and crazy headlines. 


Shhh. I’m not age 8-12, but I sure enjoyed these truthful and untruthful facts, photos, and fibs. And that’s no fake!

I’ll be adding this one to my Blogging Anniversary Celebration Giveaway coming up soon. Your chance to be one of three winners of a stack of MG titles and a gift card. Details coming soon!

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  1. This one sounds like a lot of fun and, yes, perfect for a long car trip. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. This edition sounds like a winner with kids. Great book for trips.

  3. Betsy G says:

    This sounds so fun. I think I’ll read it first or I might not get it back again from the kids!

  4. cleemckenzie says:

    This is so interesting. I think I’m going to borrow my nieces’ copy and dive into the real or fake challenge.

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