Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America

By: Gail Jarrow

On October 30, 1938, thousands of Americans heard H. G. Wells’s infamous War of the Worlds broadcast and at first panicked, thinking that aliens had invaded Earth. The angry public’s reaction sparked a national discussion about fake news, propaganda, and the role of radio.

ISBN: 9781629797762

JLG Release: Feb 2019

$17.30  Member Price

Add to Wishlist

Like this book? Get more like it every month.

Nonfiction Middle Plus

Grades 5-8

14 titles/year


Awards & Honors

2019 Sibert Award Honor
2019 Golden Kite Award Honor, Non-Fiction for Older Readers
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Historical People, Places, and Events

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

Book Details



First Release

February 2019



Dewey Classification

Trim Size

10 1/4" x 8 1/4"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 7.2; Points: 4;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;


Level 1000L


Print Book


Hardcover edition


Calkins Creek

Potentially Sensitive Areas


Standard MARC Record

Download Standard MARC Record

Cover Art

Download Cover Art

Recommended Titles From Nonfiction Middle Plus

Nonfiction Middle Plus


Nonfiction Middle Plus


Nonfiction Middle Plus

Copyright © 2017 Magento, Inc. All rights reserved.