Help me find this book!
November 3, 2013 7:03 PM   Subscribe

I’m trying to find a book I loved in elementary school, but I remember very little about it and I’m hoping Metafilter can help.

Other than knowing that I loved it, my memories of it are vague, so I know this is going to be a tough one. My son is now at the age where I’m starting to think back to books I remember fondly from childhood so we can read them together. Here’s what I remember:

- This was a book from a Scholastic Book Club flyer from sometime between 1989 – 1992. I would have been in 3rd through 5th grade during this time, and it was age appropriate, not something meant for younger or older kids.

- It was a chapter book, although I think it was a fairly slim volume.

- The main character was a girl. If I remember correctly, and I could be a little fuzzy on this, on the cover she was in her bedroom sitting on her bed. The cover drawing was not realistic – it was more on the cartoony-side. I think the walls were blue, and her hair was blonde and curly.

- The story had something to do with space, although I don’t think she actually went into space. I am really not sure about this part, but she may have been friends with an alien.

And that’s all I can remember. Metafilter, if you can help me track down this book you will win a lot of fake internet points. Plus my gratitude, as I’ve been trying to track this book down for awhile now with no luck. And since I have a feeling someone will suggest it, yes I have looked though all the book club flyers at the School Book Club Flickr page, as well as what is available at Branded in the 80s.
posted by helloknitty to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This Place Has No Atmosphere?
posted by jaguar at 7:11 PM on November 3, 2013 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Nope. They story was more humorous, and I don't think a boyfriend was ever mentioned. Thanks though!
posted by helloknitty at 7:17 PM on November 3, 2013

You might find a lead by looking at William Sleator book covers or reading synopses of his YA sci-fi.
posted by juniperesque at 7:20 PM on November 3, 2013

Was it softcover?
posted by Jacob Knitig at 7:35 PM on November 3, 2013

My Teacher is an Alien?
posted by duvatney at 8:00 PM on November 3, 2013

Response by poster: Nope, not The Computer Nut or My Teacher is an alien. And yes, the book was a softcover.
posted by helloknitty at 8:07 PM on November 3, 2013

Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left by Robin Klein? Blue cover, blonde curly hair, and the book is about a family of aliens who come to earth.
posted by Georgina at 9:05 PM on November 3, 2013

The Neighbor from Outer Space? The cover isn't exactly right but since you said you might be fuzzy...
posted by paperback version at 9:28 PM on November 3, 2013

Aliens Ate My Homework is from around the time, right grade level, and has a curly-haired blonde girl in it - she's not the main character, though.
posted by goodbyewaffles at 4:22 AM on November 4, 2013

Stinker from Space by Pamela Service?

This meets almost none of your criteria, I know, but having just been informed that a scene I remembered from Labyrinth is actually from the Dark Crystal, I thought I'd throw it out there. Though I am positive if you'd read it you'd remember the skunk. One does not forget a skunk from space.
posted by AllieTessKipp at 7:43 AM on November 4, 2013

Another long shot for you: Creeps: An Alien In Our School, by Tim Schoch. In this one, there's a weird new girl at school who's thought to be an alien. It's a little early for your timeframe though (1985 or so), I can't find a cover that matches your description beyond "blonde girl" and "blue", and it seems to have been published by Avon not Scholastic.
posted by ManyLeggedCreature at 1:42 PM on November 4, 2013

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