Identify Children's Sci Fi Book

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  • EMarkM 3 Feb 2015 20:46:29 4,977 posts
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    Hullo EG Hive Mind

    Looking for a little help identifying a book I read, probably in the late 1970s, maybe 1980/81.

    Google's not turned much up; I'm hoping you lot might, but details are sketchy and my memory is dim.

    A group of about four young children are visited by an alien, possibly taken for a time to the alien's planet, and are then returned to earth.

    The children are each given a "special power", for example telepathy, but one child doesn't get a power, they get a little furry alien creature to keep as a loyal pet.

    Help! :)
  • Kostabi 3 Feb 2015 20:55:48 5,916 posts
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    Children's stories were dickish back then weren't they?

    It's like the black kid getting 'heart' as a power in Captain Planet.
  • EMarkM 3 Feb 2015 21:04:06 4,977 posts
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    Heh :D
  • Tonka 3 Feb 2015 21:15:24 31,116 posts
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    Enemy mine?
  • iancognito 3 Feb 2015 21:21:46 2,476 posts
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    Alien-faced children adventures?
  • EMarkM 3 Feb 2015 21:23:40 4,977 posts
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    See, none of this is really helping...
  • Immaterial 3 Feb 2015 21:39:04 2,409 posts
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    Was it "Daddy, don't let them probe me!"?
  • Kostabi 3 Feb 2015 21:45:41 5,916 posts
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  • Load_2.0 3 Feb 2015 21:50:31 32,067 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    Enemy mine?
    Enemy Minor.
  • mal 3 Feb 2015 21:53:39 29,326 posts
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    It's not Midwich Cuckoos, though the synopsis did remind me of that story. AFAIR, the abilities in Midwich Cuckoos were the result of natural selection, and I can't recall any other Wyndham story that matches either.

    To be honest, it didn't remind me of any of the other stories I read as a kid though. Soz.
  • EMarkM 3 Feb 2015 21:54:51 4,977 posts
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    I was thinking Wyndham, but nothing's come up :(

    Thanks for trying.
  • mothercruncher 3 Feb 2015 21:57:35 18,032 posts
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    Was there any anal rape Mark?
  • Jazzy_Geoff 3 Feb 2015 21:57:49 8,068 posts
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    Barry the Paedophile Alien
  • neilka 3 Feb 2015 22:31:27 23,549 posts
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    mothercruncher wrote:
    Was there any anal rape Mark?
    Mainly just the reading.
  • mrpon 3 Feb 2015 22:33:53 36,380 posts
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    Love The Cock : Cum Gargling Sluts Vol III?
  • Deleted user 3 February 2015 23:48:47
    mothercruncher wrote:
    Was there any anal rape Mark?
    Or were they gentle?
  • uberbeard 3 Feb 2015 23:59:59 1,496 posts
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    The Famous Five and the Alien Invasion?
  • oldskooldeano 4 Feb 2015 02:45:15 3,136 posts
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    @EMarkM I wonder if it was a book by Andre Norton? she wrote many children's sci-fi books, and animals, especially cats or cat-like creature featured in a lot of them. It sounds like something she might have written and the date fits.
  • EMarkM 4 Feb 2015 04:20:17 4,977 posts
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    @riz23 I'll take a look, and thanks,

    @EveryoneElse Bog off :D
  • anephric 4 Feb 2015 08:31:29 4,349 posts
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    Five Children and It?
  • Tonka 4 Feb 2015 08:40:56 31,116 posts
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    Load_2.0 wrote:
    Tonka wrote:
    Enemy mine?
    Enemy Minor.
    Caravan of Enemy Mine?
  • BigOrkWaaagh 4 Feb 2015 08:45:13 9,611 posts
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    Kostabi wrote:
    Children's stories were dickish back then weren't they?

    It's like the black kid getting 'heart' as a power in Captain Planet.
    The black kid got Earth, the native American kid got Heart. Come on.

    On a similar note, there's a kid's programme on at the moment called Paw Patrol, which is about dogs solving problems. There's a police dog, a firefighter dog, air rescue, sea rescue, bulldozer dog and a recycling dog. My kid likes the fucking recycling dog and it always makes me think of that twat faced 'heart' kid from Captain Planet. :(

    Edited by BigOrkWaaagh at 08:52:12 04-02-2015
  • PearOfAnguish 4 Feb 2015 09:14:55 7,573 posts
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    Haha recycling dog. That's shite. You should shame your kid for liking that one. Air Rescue Dog is clearly the best.
  • Deleted user 4 February 2015 09:17:37
    Captain Planet
    He's a weirdo
    Gonna take your kids
    The fucking paedo
  • EMarkM 4 Feb 2015 09:25:35 4,977 posts
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    anephric wrote:
    Five Children and It?
    That's cropped up a few times in my recent searches, but, without actually reading any of the prose, all the plot summaries I've seen don't seem to quite be it.

    I'll take another look, though. Related (although I didn't realise until this morning!) - anyone remember The Phoenix and the Carpet on TV?

    Meanwhile, I did have a whizz through the catalogue of Andre Norton (under various names). I had high hopes for a couple of the titles, but they didn't seem right.
  • Weebleboy 4 Feb 2015 09:52:20 394 posts
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    How about this one: Book I read when I was a kid where the protagonists fly about in a hollowed out asteroid. I think the hollowing/engine fitting was part of the story. But that's all I've got I'm afraid.
  • Deleted user 4 February 2015 09:54:23
    EMarkM wrote:
    anyone remember The Phoenix and the Carpet on TV?
    I remember it gave me nightmares.

    As did that programme about the statues that came alive at night.
  • DaM 4 Feb 2015 09:57:29 17,469 posts
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    mal wrote:
    It's not Midwich Cuckoos, though the synopsis did remind me of that story. AFAIR, the abilities in Midwich Cuckoos were the result of natural selection, and I can't recall any other Wyndham story that matches either.

    To be honest, it didn't remind me of any of the other stories I read as a kid though. Soz.
    No, it was aliens. Or something. Was there not an invisible barrier around the village, then all the women got pregnant at once?
  • Duffking 4 Feb 2015 10:04:56 16,631 posts
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    Maybe ask here? http://www.reddit.com/r/WhatsThatBook
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