Where Are the Aliens?

The Search for Life Beyond Earth


By Stacy McAnulty

Illustrated by Nicole Miles

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A fun-filled, highly illustrated, science-based exploration into one of the universe’s greatest mysteries—does life exist beyond Earth?—from bestselling and award-winning author Stacy McAnulty.
Spoiler: Scientists haven’t discovered life beyond Earth, not even a single teeny-tiny organism. But there’s a whole lot of outer space, and humans have searched only a fraction of a fraction of it. So do you believe in the possibility of life out there? Or do you think Earth is perfectly unique in its ability to grow organisms?

Where Are the Aliens? takes readers on a journey of theories and discoveries, from the big bang and primordial soup, to how the ancient Greeks considered the cosmos, to the technology used today to listen and (possibly!) communicate with far-off exoplanets. Packed with playful illustrations and fascinating factoids, this is the perfect book for anyone who has ever looked up and asked, "What's out there?"


  • School Library Journal Best Book of 2023
  • *“Thoroughly clear, engaging, and fun…A superb resource for budding astronomers or a fascinating read for any kid.”
    School Library Journal, starred review
  • *"In a wide-ranging consideration of the titular question...McAnulty lays out breezy but substantial histories of the universe, astronomy, and space exploration, along with logical and mathematical arguments...for the probability that we are not (or, conversely, might well be) alone."
    Booklist, starred review
  • “Clear and fascinating . . . Terrific science for skeptics and hopeful sky watchers.”
    Kirkus Review
  • “Employing abundant research and humorous b&w sketches, McAnulty and Miles (Save the People) discuss the steps that scientists have taken to prove—or disprove—the possibility of life beyond Earth in this curiosity-stoking work.”
    Publishers Weekly
  • "McAnulty expertly walks you through the past, present and future of the search for alien life. Where are the Aliens? is the perfect book for any Homo sapiens hoping to better understand our place in the universe and whether we're the only ones here!"
    Emily Calandrelli, host of Netflix’s Emily’s Wonder Lab and author of Stay Curious and Keep Exploring
  • Praise for Save the People:

    “One of the best non-fiction books I've read in a long time.”
    Alan Gratz, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Two Degrees
  • “Stacy McAnulty has done the impossible: writing a book about mass extinction that is a joy to read. Save the People is engaging, funny, affecting and delightful. You’ll never have more fun learning science.”
    Stuart Gibbs, bestselling author of the Spy School series
  • “Serious science and great gags, with a bit of hope thrown in.”
    Steve Sheinkin, author of Bomb and Fallout
  • “A lighthearted look at global catastrophe. (Think The Uninhabitable Earth meets Captain Underpants.)”
    New York Times Book Review
  • *“This book is full of dire facts, but it’s not doom and gloom. Its lively, conversational tone with plenty of jocular asides keeps it unintimidating and accessible… Lively writing, pertinent science, and an urgent topic make this a must-read for all.”
    Kirkus Review, starred review
  • *"A casual but damning account of the future of our species, bound to turn many youngsters into climate activists."
    School Library Journal, starred review
  • "Cheeky banter wrapped around accessible science, a pages-long time line, charts, graphs, a bibliography, and extensive chapter notes contribute to this fresh take on saving our planet."
  • "What could easily come off as an apocalyptic, science-based horror story, author Stacy McAnulty instead handles with humor . . . backed by thorough research which is documented in an extensive notes section."
    School Library Connection

On Sale
Sep 5, 2023
Page Count
240 pages

Stacy McAnulty

About the Author

Stacy McAnulty doesn’t think the world will end suddenly, but she does worry about the ongoing damage to the environment caused by her species. Nonetheless, she believes Homo sapiens can overcome challenges and reverse course by taking action. Before becoming an author, Stacy was a mechanical engineer (and before that—like in fourth grade—she was an aspiring astronaut). Her love of math and science is reflected in most of her books. She writes chapter books, middle-grade novels, including The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, and picture books, including the Our Universe series, which explores space and the natural world. Save the People is her debut middle-grade nonfiction. Originally from New York, she now lives in North Carolina with her family.

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