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Children's LiteratureIn 1947, something crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. James Ragsdale said it was an alien vessel. Whether Ragsdale was truthful or not, the age of the UFO had begun. In this latest edition of the "Edge Book" series, Sievert does an excellent job of keeping her own opinion out of the book. She presents the people who claim they saw UFOs and aliens. She then tells how people who study unusual phenomenon question the claims of Ragsdale and others. In the end, the reader knows the history of the UFOs and some of the reasons that people might have been confused by normal planes. Sievert also explains some of the tricks photographers used to show a UFOs, but she notes that there are plenty of sightings that have yet to be adequately explained. The biggest drawback is the dates. Most sightings included were in the 1960s and 1970s, ancient history for these readers. Have UFOs taken a 30 or 40 year sabbatical? Illustrated with photos, the book moves well. Backmatter includes glossary, a "more information" list, and index. 2004, Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 12.
—Amy S. Hansen