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The Magic Top Mystery

Series: Pick-a-Path #8
Translated Into: El misterio de la peonza mágica (Spanish)
O misterio do piao magico (Portuguese)
Le mystère de la toupie magique (French)
Le Mystère de la toupie magique (French)
Authors: O'Connor, Jane
O'Connor, Jim
Illustrator: Callahan, Kevin
Release Date: 1984
ISBN: 0590331426 / 9780590331425
Length:60 pages
Number of Endings:9
User Summary: Someone is stealing all of the lawn flamingos in Flamingoville. With the help of a magic top, you set out to find the culprit.
Demian's Thoughts: Like the last adventure, this book has a good sense of humor and a variety of puzzles to solve. What sets it apart from the rest of the series, though, is its use of randomization. The magic top that figures into the plot is actually included as a piece of the back cover to be cut out (see scan at right). Spinning this at various points in the book determines what happens to you. While it's completely random, I found it to be a fun gimmick here, making this an enjoyable read.

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