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Aliens Are Coming!
The True Account of the 1938 War of the
Worlds Radio Broadcast

By Megan McCarthy

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (Random House)
ISBN-10: 0375835180
ISBN (13 digit)/EAN: 978-0-37583518-0
Retail Price: $16.95
Our Net Price:  $11.05 (35% discount)

Winner 2007 - ALA Notable Book

Subjects / Categories:
Performing Arts
Television & Radio


Size: 10.2 x 10.1 inches
40 Pages

Publisher Description:
It was an ordinary night in October of 1938 until a news bulletin interrupted the dance music on CBS radio - aliens were invading the United States!

Meghan McCarthy’s hilarious Aliens Are Coming! tells the true story of the Halloween radio prank that duped much of the country into believing that Martians had invaded. The book uses excerpts from the actual War of the Worlds radio broadcast and includes information about the importance of radios in the 1930s (before the time of televisions and computers) as well as facts about Orson Welles and H. G. Wells, author of the novel on which the broadcast was based.

From the Back Cover:
Boys! Girls! Read this Book!

Fun ! Thrills!

An action packed adventure from outer space to YOUR backyard. Read about the practical joke that fooled Americans across the country and made Orson Welles famous! Feast your eyes on the alien invaders from Mars landing their spaceships in New Jersey! Experience the panic radio listeners felt as they packed their worldly belongings and fled from drooling Martians!

What would YOU do?

Would you believe a radio broadcast!

EXCITING! Don’t leave home without this book!

Let that Spaceman Martian fighter in you come out! Better hurry!


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