Alien Investigation

Searching for the Truth about UFOs and Aliens

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Imagine . . . you’re in the woods after dark. Eerie green lights appear in the distance. Then there’s a sudden flash and everything is dark again. You decide to take a closer look. You come upon a saucer-shaped craft hovering silently just above the ground. You reach out to touch it, but the object suddenly shoots up into the sky. Have you just seen a UFO?

Some people say they have had experiences like this. Are they telling the truth? To find out, Kelly Milner Halls investigated stories of eyewitnesses from around the world. She explored UFO sightings, landings, crashes, aliens, and even a few hoaxes. She also interviewed several of the world’s UFO experts. Examine her findings and decide for yourself whether visitors from other worlds are real.

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Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2015-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 12.8
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF051000, JNF052030
Dewey 001.942
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 1240
ATOS Reading Level 7.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 149849
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Reviewed, and Table of contents

Author: Kelly Milner Halls

Kelly Milner Halls is a full-time children's writer, specializing in quirky topics for reluctant readers. Kelly lives in Washington with her two daughters, one dog, too many cats, and a four-foot rock iguana.

Illustrator: Rick C. Spears

As a young child, Rick C. Spears was fascinated by dinosaurs and spent many hours drawing pictures of prehistoric animals in various scenes of combat. Time passed and, though still a pretty good artist, his teenaged interests replaced dinosaurs with Japanese monsters, Star Wars, and girls (not necessarily in that order). It wasn't until after college that Rick rekindled his love of prehistory and began to fancy himself a paleoartist. Since then, his artwork has found its way into museum displays, books, magazines, and even a board game. Rick currently resides in Georgia with his wife, Darlene, who patiently tolerates all this dinosaur/monster/alien stuff as a part of everyday life.


  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Winner, 2013


The Horn Book Guide

“With a surprisingly even-handed tone, this book uses an interest in aliens to inspire scientific inquiry. It discusses the history of UFO sightings, crashes, and hoaxes, providing thoroughly researched, factual information while remaining non-judgmental about explained phenomena. A fictionalized thread of an alien mission is interspersed with the nonfiction. The author’s interviews with experts and witnesses are particularly insightful.” —The Horn Book Guide

Library Media Connection

“A fun read with its mix of colorful pictures, news articles, and firsthand accounts, this book will keep readers entertained while learning.” —Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“[T]his attractive, balanced view will update collections.” —School Library Journal


“A balanced presentation of the topic. Numerous eyewitness accounts, plus interviews with scientists, keep the text objective without losing the high-interest appeal.” —VOYA