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ALIEN INVESTIGATION by Kelly Millner Halls


Searching for the Truth about UFOs and Aliens

by Kelly Millner Halls & illustrated by Rick C. Spears

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: April 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-7613-6204-3
Publisher: Millbrook/Lerner

Halls’ alien investigation is about as exciting as your neighbor’s vacation slides for the third time.

Unidentified flying objects… really, what more do you need to send a thrill up your spine? A mysterious aircraft, colorful lights pulsing like mad, piloted by who knows what and on a mission to, at the very least, shock the pants off any witness here on Earth, why not be agog and aghast? Plus, there are lots of stories out there, lots of photographs, too, to keep even most skeptics scratching their heads. So why, then, does Halls fail to serve forth the goods? It’s another mystery, if not as compelling as Roswell or the Rendlesham Forest. Considering the slippery nature of the subject, it is critical that the meatiest evidence be presented, and Halls' use of archival photographs is particularly uninspiring. The accompanying text is likewise deflating. Typical of her enthusiasm is this close encounter with alien lights: “A squadron of F-94 fighters was scrambled (quickly sent up) to pursue them but was unsuccessful. ‘They’ve surrounded my plane,’ one pilot reported. ‘What should I do?’ ” This is considered unsuccessful? And what, pray, did the pilot do?

A superbly provocative topic drained of all its color. (Nonfiction. 10-14)