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

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

Gail Jarrow explores the famous War of the Worlds radio broadcast from 1938. She 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 a Gail Jarrow explores the famous War of the Worlds radio broadcast from 1938. She highlights the artists behind the br...

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Title:Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America
Author:Gail Jarrow
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1629797766
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:144 pages pages

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

  • Abby Johnson
    Aug 26, 2018
    Gail Jarrow, I love you so. This is a fantastic and timely account of the 1938 radio dramatization of The War of the Worlds that sparked panic in many listeners. Hand this to anyone concerned about ?fake news? or anyone who rolls their eyes upon hearing that phrase. ...
  • Alexa Hamilton
    Oct 11, 2018
    I love Gail Jarrow's books. I've always been fascinated with the War of Worlds broadcast and the reaction it provoked at the time. But unfortunately, you have to be fascinated with this broadcast to understand the book the way it's set up--or at least you have to know that the invasion...
  • Lynn
    Jun 26, 2018
    I read this flying home from the ALA conference, the new hard copy clutched protectively through all the bounces, take-offs and landings and it took me right into the 1938 broadcast that set the world talking. This book couldn't be more timely as it depicts the original fake news event...
  • Cindy Dobrez
    Feb 03, 2019
    I'm terrible at keeping up with Goodreads. This was one of my favorite nonfiction books of 2018 and I was delighted when it won a Sibert Honor Award earlier this month. Lynn and I participated in a blog tour for Spooked when it published in Sep 2018. Read our two perspectives at our Bo...
  • Anne
    Jan 04, 2019
    The story of the partnership between Orson Welles and John Waterhouse and their reading/presentation of War of the Worlds on the radio on 1938 and how it induced panic among the American population. I have often heard about this and wondered how it was possible; this made that more cle...
  • Traci
    Apr 13, 2019
    I love it when I find a nonfiction book that is hard to put down. Even though I knew the basic facts about the 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast, I was hooked from the beginning to the end of this book. I finally understand how a portion (although a smaller portion than was originally r...
  • Sharon Lawler
    Oct 20, 2018
    Wonderfully researched title that explores the story and personalities behind the October 30, 1938 radio broadcast based on the HG Wells novel, "The War of the Worlds". The reader is taken through the creation of the radio based Mercury Theater by Orson Welles and John Houseman, to the...
  • Judy Desetti
    Feb 15, 2019
    A Robert Siebert Honor Award 2019. A well researched narrative nonfiction which will engage readers. This is definitely a legend I grew up with and was intrigued by. Hopefully my students will want to read it and learn more. I am just not sure that they have heard of it before. Thi...
  • Suzanne
    Sep 29, 2018
    It seems, looking back into the dim recesses of the past, that a language arts teacher played the recording of the Orson Welles radio broadcast for us in class at some point. If you haven't heard it yet, you can find it online in a variety of places from YouTube to Audible. But what Ga...
  • Sarai
    Oct 01, 2018
    This book purports to be about the 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, which caused panic among many as they thought it was really happening. It's really about fake news. But it also covers many other topics, including WWII, science, hoaxes, information about the people involved...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Aug 19, 2018
    Copy provided by the publisher In these days of "fake news", this overview of the 1930s radio scene and the specific event of the broadcast of The War of the Worlds is both timely and fascinating. Starting with the adaptation of the H.G. Wells' novel to radio and details of what it ...
  • Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
    Nov 07, 2018
    Jarrow sets the stage perfectly in this detailed, illuminating exploration of why ordinary Americans panicked when they heard a broadcast of New Jersey being invaded by Martians on Oct. 30, 1938. This was my official read for Halloween 2018. ...
  • Melinda
    Sep 15, 2018
    So interesting and timely! Middle grade nonfiction always feels like it's written riiiiiiiiight at the right level for me to understand. ...
  • Manybooks
    Feb 16, 2019
    Would I have been "spooked" by the 1938 War of the Worlds radio play broadcast? Now we discussed said radio play in 1985 in grade twelve Social Studies, when we were covering 20th century history, including WWI and WWII, and when the majority of us scoffed and found it ridiculous and s...
  • Kifflie
    Dec 29, 2018
    The subtitle itself of this book is fake! There was no invasion. But Orson Welles's radio show was so realistic that a fair number of people DID believe there was. Gail Jarrow tells the story of how Welles got his start in theater and in radio. I hadn't remembered that John Housemann w...
  • Betsy
    Sep 02, 2018
    Just a fantastic accounting of the War of the Worlds broadcast in October 1938 and its consequences. Jarrow has thoroughly researched her topic and includes information on all the clues that should have made it clear to listeners that this was not a real event - if they were paying att...
  • Beth
    Feb 10, 2019
    The more things change, the more they stay the same... I first heard of this radio production in elementary school, in one of those reading compilations, and my general impression was of mass hysteria and gullibility - for years. I read Getting It Wrong a few years ago, in which the...
  • Angie
    Feb 04, 2019
    The War of the Worlds broadcast on October 30, 1938 was the ultimate in fake news. Orson Welles and John Houseman created a radio program that fooled the country into believing martians had landed in New Jersey. Gail Jarrow does a fantastic job setting up this pivotal moment in history...
  • Lois
    Apr 26, 2019
    Thousands of Americans believed a live realistic radio broadcast in 1938, which used a script based on the War of the Worlds book, first published in 1898 and again in 1906. People thought Martians had invaded, killed, and were conquering the country. Author presents true historical in...
  • Sherry
    Feb 10, 2019
    2019 William F. Sibert Honor book Using Primary source materials, the words people heard rather than the published scripts, memoirs, eyewitness accounts, correspondence, Gail Jarrow has recreated the events and reactions to the Oct 30, 1939 CBS broadcast of the radio play version of...
  • Liz
    May 12, 2019
    Spooked! is about the 1938 radio teleplay broadcast by Orson Welles, which updated H.G. Wells' The War of the World by making it contemporary to the time (1938) and location (the US), using a mix of real places and fake names. For various reasons, some listeners did not realize that it...
  • Becky B
    Feb 09, 2019
    Jarrow relates how the War of the Worlds radio adaptation came about in 1938, how the radio crew thought it was going to bore the audience to tears, how the public responded to the broadcast (both positively and negatively), and then how the actual history of the reaction to this event...
  • John Yingling
    Apr 09, 2019
    This was a fun, enlightening, interesting read. The author does an admirable job in telling the story behind the radio broadcast, particularly regarding the contributions of Orson Welles and John Houseman. She discusses H.G. Wells' book and puts all of this in the context of the world ...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Feb 13, 2019
    Spooked! : How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America by Gail Jarrow 139 pages. NON FICTION Calkins Creek 2018 $18.95 Content: G. BUYING ADVISORY: MS, HS - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE On October 30, 1938 Orson Welles' Mercury ...
  • Ering Grant
    Jun 16, 2019
    Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and the War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America is an informational text about the terrifying broad cast of H.G. Wells's classic novel. The text begins with the history of the two men responsible for the broadcast. Each week John Housemen ...
  • Karen
    Apr 16, 2019
    This extensively-researched retelling of the 1938 radio broadcast by Orsen Welles of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds is a perfect book for the world of today. On the eve of Halloween, a "spooked" American public anxious about the Great Depression and the rise of Hitler gathered aroun...
  • Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
    Sep 12, 2018
    I have been fascinated by the War of the Worlds broadcast for what feels like ages. I had always sort of laughed at the idea that people could get so frightened from a radio broadcast. It couldn?t have been that good, could have it? Then a few years back, I actually listened to the b...
  • Kyra Nay
    Sep 05, 2018
    In an age where false, misleading, and fear-mongering information spreads like wildfire over social media networks, often garnering more clicks, likes, and shares than trustworthy or verified information, the story of the infamous War of the Worlds radio broadcast seems eerily familiar...
  • Claudia
    Oct 26, 2018
    This is for the youthful reader relaying the 1938 radio broadcast of the War of the Worlds by Orson Wells, and the Mercury Theater which panicked the American people. Lavish with photos of the actors and illustration reproductions from the 1906 edition of War of the Worlds as well a...
  • Jessica
    Jun 14, 2019
    Spooked! is a 2019 Robert F. Sibert Informational Award honor book. Gail Jarrow shares the compelling story of the 1938 radio broadcast that shook the nation to its core. On October 30, 1938, in the wake of the Great Depression and Hitler?s rise to power, Orson Welles and his team at...