SPOOKED! How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America

 “A grippingly told story that adeptly makes history fascinatingly relevant to the present.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Honesdale, Pennsylvania June 2018 – Calkins Creek, an imprint of Highlights, is pleased to announce the publication of SPOOKED! How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America. Written by acclaimed nonfiction author Gail Jarrow, this riveting nonfiction chapter book explores the production of the broadcast, the aftermath, and the repercussions of “fake news” today. The book, which has received five starred reviews to date, will be released on August 7, 2018.

On the night of October 30, 1938, thousands of Americans panicked when they believed that Martians had invaded Earth. What appeared to be breaking news about an alien invasion was, in fact, a radio drama based on H. G. Wells’s War of the Worlds, performed by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre players. Some listeners became angry once they realized they had been tricked, and the reaction to the broadcast sparked a national discussion about fake news, propaganda, and the role of radio. Archival photographs and images, as well as an author’s note, timeline, bibliography, and index round out this stellar nonfiction title.

In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews says: ★ “In an era of alternative facts and fake news, telling the story of the infamous 1938 radio broadcast that convinced thousands of Americans a real-time Martian invasion of Earth was occurring could not be timelier.”

And, in another starred review, Booklist calls SPOOKED! ★“An enriching bridge that connects history with current events.”

While The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books raves: ★ “…the takeaway lesson in thoughtful media consumption emerges effortlessly from this cautionary tale.”

SPOOKED! How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America Calkins Creek * Written by Gail Jarrow * August 7, 2018 * Ages 10 – 14 * 978-1-62979-776-2 * $18.95 U.S. * $24.95 CAN * eBook 978-1-68437-143-3 * Includes archival photographs and images, as well as an author’s note, timeline, bibliography, and index  * boydsmillspress.com

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