SPOOKED! blog tour graphic.jpgI’m batting last in the blog tour line-up, and couldn’t be more pleased to have the final words on SPOOKED! and its arrival for all to enjoy.

Just what is real and what is made up? Our youth are growing up with reminders of don’t believe everything you read on the Internet! In fact hoaxes and the so-called Fake News attribute is nothing new. One of the biggest occurred almost 80 years ago on the night of October 30, 1938.

This exhaustively researched book brings full understanding to the panic spread during and after a radio dramatization of Orson Welles’ The War of the Worlds. Who would ever believe the United States was under alien attack? Many did that night and chaos ensued.

Before or after reading Gail Jarrow’s enthralling account of the planning, inception, and after effects of the dramatic presentation, sneak  over and listen to the original hour long broadcast. Back then there was no Internet or television, no cell phones by your side 24 hours a day. What you did have was maybe a home telephone and a radio for entertainment and communication.SPOOKED! cover.jpg

The book is intended for ages 10-14, but older teens and adults would also benefit. Critical thinking comes front and center with a natural comparison to the events of that night and our world today. Throughout are pictures (Including classics of Orson Welles and his then partner, John Houseman) and illustrations from H.G. Wells original work. Each personality is fully explored and an understanding of their intentions are brought forth through the text.

A timeline and one of the most detailed set of Source Notes and Bibliography support this as a definitive account of the fictional invasion of America. History truly comes to life in the 144 pages and books like this help keep our past relevant for current and future generations.

Here’s the official background from Boyd’s Mills Press/ Calkins Creek:

Acclaimed author Gail Jarrow explores in riveting detail the famous War of the Worlds radio broadcast from 1938, in this nonfiction title. Jarrow highlights the artists behind the broadcast, the broadcast itself, the aftermath, and the repercussions which remain relevant today. 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.


Gail JarrowGail Jarrow is the author of many popular nonfiction books, including Red Madness, Fatal Fever, and Bubonic Panic. Her books have received numerous starred reviews, awards, and distinctions, including Best Book awards from the New York Public Library, School Library Journal, the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s BooksKirkus Reviews, and the National Science Teachers Association.


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3 Responses to SPOOKED!

  1. Danielle Hammelef says:

    This book will be fun to read–I wonder how today’s “fake news” on social media would make this possible today.

  2. Glad you got the last word today. Read other reviews and I really connected with your thoughts about how this book encourages teens to use critical thinking skills and not believe everything they read or hear on social media. What happened in 1938 is a good example — but don’t think it would happen like that today. Too many sources.

  3. I love this book just as I love everything written by Gail Jarrow. She is a rock star of non-fiction.

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