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Item - The Marathon Race Mystery


Series: Solve It Yourself — no. 3
Author: McNear, Robert
Illustrator: Rogers, Jackie
Date: 1985
ISBN: 0816704457 / 9780816704453
Length: 121 pages
Number of Endings: 21
LC Cataloging in Publication Summary: The reader, a school reporter and amateur detective, overhears a suspicious conversation in a sporting goods store that may affect an upcoming marathon. A course of action must be decided on right away.
Demian's Thoughts:

While this book is by no means groundbreaking, it is competently constructed and fairly entertaining.

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Guillermo's Thoughts:

This book, in which you must stop an impending robbery, is seriously flawed. The author made an effort to make the gameplay strategic, but the end result feels bland and uninspired compared to Who Killed Harlowe Thrombey? in the CYOA series. Different read-throughs reveal different aspects of the plot, but the latter is so thin that the book does not really warrant reading over and over. It's also possible to get drawn into a different mystery than the one you originally set out to solve, but this doesn't make the book any more engaging. Overall, this book is not really worth rescuing from obscurity.

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