The Night the Martians Landed: Just the Facts (Plus the Rumors) About Invaders from Mars

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HarperCollins, Aug 5, 2003 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 74 pages
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On the night before Halloween, 1938, that's what people all over the country heard coming over their radios -- an announcement that a glowing yellow spacecraft had crashed in New Jersey. When the announcer went on to describe an alien covered in tentacles that came wiggling out of it, the entire country panicked!

What most Americans didn't know was that this emergency broadcast wasn't real -- it was a radio play, performed by actors, based on the H. G. Wells science-fiction novel The War of the Worlds. Aliens hadn't landed in New Jersey that night. There was no spacecraft.

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User Review  - Sarah.Lew - LibraryThing

Krull takes her readers back in time with this hysterical account of what happened on October 30, 1938. This is a great read for anyone interested in history or even aliens. The book is appropriate for grades three and up. Read full review

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User Review  - chretaylor - LibraryThing

This is a funny story and outline of what went on the night the martians landed. It would be a good book for students interested in history, and science fiction to read. It has side note inside of facts and details that were happening the night of. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Kathleen Krull has garnered starred reviews and awards for her many books. The Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC, honored her with its Nonfiction Award for her body of work that "has contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children." She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband and sometime writing partner, Paul Brewer.

Christopher Santoro has been illustrating children's books for more than thirty years, including Grandpappy Snippy Snappies; A Pie Went By, a NEST Literary Classic; and the Dom DeLuise picture books Charlie the Caterpillar, Hansel and Gretel, The Nightingale, and King Bob's New Clothes. Christopher has been honored by the Society of Illustrators, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the American Library Association, and The New Yorker. He lives in Key West, Florida, with two cats, Ernie and Truman, and a dog, Stuart.

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