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starman9000
03-24-12, 03:02 PM
OK, bear with me, but I'm looking to find a book series from my childhood that I only vaguely remember. It was a Science Fiction series at the elementary school library that came in white hard covers, with some pretty colorful cover illustrations. They were very thin and meant for maybe 2nd-4th graders (this would have been in the late 80's). I don't think the various stories were related to each other, but I could be wrong.

I know that's not much to go by, but does it ring a bell for anyone at all?

My Other Self
03-25-12, 03:09 AM
The only books like that I could think of are the Choose Your Own Adventure series.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/adventurecover.jpg

I don't believe those came in hardcover, though.

Josh-da-man
03-25-12, 06:06 AM
The only books like that I could think of are the Choose Your Own Adventure series.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/adventurecover.jpg

I don't believe those came in hardcover, though.

I think they were paperbacks, but it wasn't unusual for schools and libraries to have paperback books rebound as hardcovers.

I remember the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books coming out in the early 1980s, though they were still probably floating around libraries in the late 80s, too.

starman9000
03-25-12, 09:11 AM
Thanks, unfortunately I know it wasn't those, as I had them at my house. :)

I really wish I could remember anything more about them, besides the fact that I enjoyed them.

Josh-da-man
03-25-12, 09:26 AM
I can sort of remember a couple of science fiction books from my elementary school library... they were hardcover, probably about 6" x 9", and rather thin, maybe about 1/4" to 1/2" thick...

They had short stories in them.

One of the stories, I recall, involved a man and woman in some sort of gladiatorial combat with monsters or aliens. (I think the female might have been named "Awn.")

Another story was a really short one about these really huge aliens, like about a mile tall, who were walking the Earth, spraying it with big hoses. Two ladies were tending to a garden and talking about the giant aliens walking around them. One thought she they were making clouds with the big sprayers. It was then shown that the woman who said that was spraying her garden with pesticide, the implication being that the aliens were exterminating the human race.

Those are the only two stories I recall at the moment.

These books also had full color painted illustrations. I don't remember what color the covers were, though.

starman9000
03-25-12, 09:40 AM
Those sound similar, the dimensions are right and I remember the color illustrations (though I wasn't sure if they were just on the covers or on the pages.)

My Other Self
03-25-12, 05:34 PM
I remember the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books coming out in the early 1980s, though they were still probably floating around libraries in the late 80s, too.I didn't start school until 1991 so these were still around by the time I started reading. I had to have read most of them.