Solve It Yourself

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This series is one of several released by Troll in 1985. The other series, which all have the same basic format as this one (including the subtitle The Choice is Yours), are Alien Adventures, Fantastic Adventures, and Forgotten Forest. This isn't the only gamebook series called Solve It Yourself; there's another one, totally unrelated to this one, which deals with a group called the Mystery Squad.

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 The Marathon Race Mystery
Author: Robert McNear
Illustrator: Jackie Rogers
First Published: 1985
ISBN: 0-8167-0445-7
Length: 121 pages
Number of Endings: 21
Library of Congress 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.
My Thoughts: While this book is by no means groundbreaking, it is competently constructed and fairly entertaining.

 The Missing Rock Star Caper
Author: R. Parker McVey
Illustrator: Jackie Rogers
First Published: 1985
ISBN: 0-8167-0399-X
Length: 117 pages
Number of Endings: 27
Library of Congress Summary: The reader follows clues and directs the course of the investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a famous rock star.
Translation: Spanish
My Thoughts: This is a pretty good gamebook; the continuity is above average for this series and the choices are interesting.

 Mystery at the Ball Game
Author: R. Parker McVey
Illustrator: Jackie Rogers
First Published: 1985
ISBN: 0-8167-0337-X
Length: 120 pages
Number of Endings: 20
Library of Congress Summary: The reader, overhearing a conversation about a plot to kidnap a millionaire's son at a Little League game, makes decisions which determine the outcome of the story.
My Thoughts: This is a fairly well-constructed gamebook, though it's not very original or engaging. The characters and situations in the book are all familiar cliches, most of which seem out of place in the 80s (where the story is set). There's also some space wasted describing a ball game in great detail without allowing the reader any choices; it could have been an opportunity to emulate the Play-It-Your-Way Sports Books (though I can see why that might not be desirable).

 Mystery at the Bike Race
Author: Frank Topper
Illustrator: Jackie Rogers
First Published: 1985
ISBN: 0-8167-0455-4
Length: 122 pages
Number of Endings: 24
Library of Congress Summary: As you, the reader, work on a newspaper story about your town's annual bicycle race, your suspicions are aroused that something sinister is happening involving the new electronics plant.
My Thoughts: The gameplay is uninspired and the story is even more cliched than usual, so this really isn't a wonderful book. It reminds me of the Top Secret-based Endless Quest books.

Spanish Translations

At least one of these books was translated into Spanish and released as part of the "Elige tu Aventura" series by SITESA, a Mexican publisher.

 El misterio de la desaparicion del cantante de rock
Translation Of: The Missing Rock Star Caper
Literal Translation of Spanish Title: The Mystery of the Disappearance of the Rock Singer
Translator: Uncredited
First Published: 1988
ISBN: 968-6135-70-7
Length: 117 pages

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