What Really Happened in Roswell?: Just the Facts (Plus the Rumors) About UFOs and Aliens

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Did aliens really crash in Roswell?
Is the government trying to hide the truth from you?

Find out what really happened in Roswell, New Mexico. What started all the whispers about flying saucer sighting, UFO crash landings, and frozen alien bodies in storage at the U.S. Air Force Base? People said they saw strange flying disks in the sky. Oddly colored wreckage was found in the desert. Rumors flew that weird creatures were roaming the area — creatures from outer space!

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Overview

Did aliens really crash in Roswell?
Is the government trying to hide the truth from you?

Find out what really happened in Roswell, New Mexico. What started all the whispers about flying saucer sighting, UFO crash landings, and frozen alien bodies in storage at the U.S. Air Force Base? People said they saw strange flying disks in the sky. Oddly colored wreckage was found in the desert. Rumors flew that weird creatures were roaming the area — creatures from outer space!

After all these years, isn't if time you found out the truth about what really happened in Roswell?

In 1947, a strange event in New Mexico launched a national obsession with little green men and flying saucers. Krull combines research with humor in this entertaining story about the beginnings of the UFO phenomenon.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kathleen Krull dishes the dirt on What Really Happened in Roswell? Just the Facts (Plus the Rumors) about UFOs and Aliens, illus. by Christopher Santoro. What started all the talk about flying saucers and alien landings in that isolated New Mexico town? Krull presents the different stories that have been told since the first discovery of unusual silver scraps in 1947, ending provocatively, "Is the story over?" Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
After Vernon and Bessie Brazel find strange silver scraps on their remote ranch near Roswell, NM in 1947, reports of unidentified flying objects start to fly. What is the truth behind all the rumors surrounding Roswell? This book examines the facts and the rumors of this incident. The book reveals a cover-up, a Soviet spy mission, and a fake alien autopsy among other things. Although this book is informative, the actual facts are in no particular order, which makes the book hard to follow. The illustrations are funny, and the aliens are drawn according to "eyewitness" accounts of what these creatures look like. Although this book contains a few facts, it is not informative enough for the reader who is seriously searching for some answers to the Roswell incident. 2003, Harper Trophy/Harper Collins Publishers, Ages 8 to 12.
— Rachael Creager
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Krull describes the typical facts that are presented in most works about UFOs and a possible alien crash near Roswell, NM, in 1947. Various government explanations for debris found on a ranch managed by Vernon "Mac" Brazel are included. Pilot Kenneth Arnold's "flying saucer" sighting in the same year is recounted briefly as well. Whimsical alien faces and hands plus bowler-hat-shaped spaceships peek out of every corner of the pages. Humorous full-page pencil drawings, including one depicting three aliens heading for the Roswell Diner, alternate with more straightforward illustrations of the topics. This volume also has a serious side, featuring an 11-item bibliography and a listing of five well-chosen Web sites. This appealing package offers standard information about the long-standing mystery, but the subject is lightened by the playful art.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
As groups of almond-eyed aliens troop past or peer in from page edges, Krull sifts through basic facts and official explanations about the mysterious debris found near Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, and offers rationales for the rumors that have circulated ever since. She deals only tangentially with the entire UFO phenomenon, but does bring in the Cold War, the film E.T., the TV series X-Files, and government conspiracy theories in general. Though the paper and Web resources with which she closes may overwhelm the young or reluctant readers she addresses here, the skeptical but not dismissive tone of the presentation will give her audience a leg up in distinguishing fact from fancy without closing down the possibility of alternative versions of events. (Nonfiction. 8-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688172497
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/16/2003
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: 1ST HARPER
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Krull is the author of Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman; A Kid's Guide to America's Bill of Rights; and Clip, Clip, Clip: Three Stories About Hair. She has been interested in aliens and UFOs for many years, and, although she has never actually seen an alien, Kathleen hasn't ruled out the possibility that she might. Kathleen Krull lives in San Diego, California.

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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