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Radio Girl
by Carol Brendler

Trade Binding | 224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823428618 | 08-01-2013

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: SIXTH | Age: 10 to 14

Themes: Historical Fiction, 20th Century, Honesty, Making Choices
Recommendations: A, K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
6: RL.2, 3, 6
6-8: W.3-4; SL.1
6: W. 7-8

About the Book
Can a girl from a middle-class Irish Catholic family living in Newark, New Jersey, in 1938 find fame and fortune (or even a job) as a radio star?

Tune in to this unforgettable historical novel to find out. Poignant, often hilarious, it's the story of a family in crisis. Just as artful deception, smoke and mirrors characterize radio reality, so lies, secrets, and profound misunderstandings mark fourteen-year-old Cece Maloney's life: her secret job at a radio station, a cheating father, an aunt who may be romantically involved with the parish priest, a boy-crazed best friend, and a ham radio operator and would-be soldier both lying to their parents. The worlds collide on the night of Orson Welles's famous "The War of the Worlds" broadcast. As thousands flee in panic from the alleged Martian invasion, Cece must expose the truth about the radio hoax and confront the truth about her own and her family's dishonesty.


"Cece Maloney is only 14 [in 1938] but she knows what she wants out of life: a career in radio . . . full of charm and humor."—Booklist

"Brendler has created a funny, appealing protagonist. . . . This engaging, detailed novel vividly depicts Depression-era lifestyles and the world of old-time radio."—School Library Journal

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