Choose Your Own Adventure series

Does anyone else remember the Choose Your Own Adventure Stories? I was SO DELIGHTED to see them in a local bookstore as I have fond memories of reading these books voraciously when I was younger. I remember that I would always try to pick the option that would lead to the longest story. I remember sharing the books with my best friend. We would pour over these books for hours, trying to see how many story conclusions could be drawn per book.

If you have somehow lived your life hidden under a rock and are not familiar with the Choose Your Own Adventure stories well, just sit down! Let’s catch you up. Choose Your Own Adventure stories are stories where you get to do exactly that. You are put “into” the story. You, the main character, get to decide which option you’ll take in causing the story to unfold. You and you alone get to hunt for the abominable snowman. You and you alone (say this with a deep and mysterious voice:) will search for the lost jewels of Nabooti. Oh yes, my friends. The adventures are dangerous, sometimes deadly, frequently mysterious and very. very. curious.

There is a new Choose Your Own Adventure series (that I had never seen before) specifically tailored for kids between the ages of 9-12. The books are about 50 pages long and very between having 9-12 possible endings. For example, in the book Your Very Own Robot you are given a (surprise!) robot. You must choose what you are going to do with him from whether or not you are going to paint him or not (with varying results) to whether or not you will choose to attack a band of pirates with him (with varying degrees of success depending on which option you choose). You can choose whether or not your robot will have friends and how those friends will be. The illustrations in this look very much like a cartoon you’d see on tv. The characters are therefore easy to identify with because they have a familiar look about them. It is simply a matter of what you will choose to have those characters do.

Then, of course, there are the traditional classic stories which are being reprinted. You can get the first four in the series in a boxed set for convenience sake and it contains the following titles: The Abominable Snowman, Journey Under the Sea, Space and Beyond, and The Lost Jewels of the Nabooti. They also have a relatively new series under the Choose Your Own Adventure umbrella. The first book in the series is called The Golden Path: Into the Hollow Earth which is a series that is a little more up-to-date with this modern world. However, all the stories are so fantastical that I don’t think the “classic” series is really out-of-date in any way. They are creative, imaginative and I’ve never seen anything else quite like them.

What about you? Do you have fond memories of this series? Well, then, you’ll be glad to note that you can share them with your kids also. Remember: YOU and YOU ALONE decide the adventure so BEWARE!

Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know.

Speaking of sharing them with your kids (or grandkids!), the Choose Your Own Adventure Company has graciously agreed to give away a copy of the first four titles in the classic series to one of our readers, signed by author R.A. Montgomery.

In order to win, leave a comment below. U.S. Residents only, please. Good luck and may your adventures be safe!

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Comments

  1. JDSG says

    It is always so much fun for the children to choose their own adventure. R.A. Montgomery is a fabulous author, too. Thanks for the opportunity to win theses delightful books, and what a treat to have them signed by the author as well.

    JDSG

    visionquest2020 (at) msn (dot) com

  2. says

    Oh my goodness, seeing that image of the original cover gave me a shiver of nostalgia for long summer days in the tree house, devouring CYOA books (and chips). Wow. My favorites, that I read over an over were “Help! You’re Shrinking” and “The Mummy’s Tomb”

  3. says

    I loved the Mayan mystery; I must have read it a million times. That’s how I learned the term “attache case.”

    heathernkemp(at)hotmail(dot)com

  4. Linda says

    I know my neighbors kids would love these! Please add me to the contest.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  5. Stefanie Hartman says

    My 2 older sons, Bobby and Jacob, will go absolutely bonkers if we win these wonderful books. My son, Jacob, who is 10, needs to develop a love of reading – these books would satisfy his need for adventure!! Blessings!!

  6. says

    I loved these books as a kid, especially the “Time Machine” spin off where you went on a mission back in time.

    I have happy memories of sitting with my fingers stuck in the book at various spots because, obsessive person that I am, I had to make sure I read every possible ending. So I’d start by doing what I’d do. Then when I hit an end, I’d back track to the last branch and see where the other path led. It got complicated, but I didn’t mind in the least.

  7. says

    My oldest loves the Choose Your Adventure series and he would be thrilled to get the newest adventures for himself.

  8. says

    My son would LOVE these! He has a couple of my old ones and a few other books written in the same page-flipping style. Thanks for the contest!

  9. says

    I’d love these for my son! We’ve been reading my old Star Wars Choose Your Own Adventures together and I’ve been searching for more to add to our collection.

  10. says

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane, Carrie!

    Sign me up–I think my nephews might enjoy these!

  11. Danetta says

    Oh wow! I remember these books! I LOVED them! I would read them over and over to come up with different endings. I think my son would love them just as much as I did.

  12. Jenn S. says

    I was just thinking about these books the other day. I loved them when I was about my kids age. I am sure they would enjoy them as well.

  13. says

    I love these books! Hubby and I were talking about them last week. We both read almost the entire series when we were kids.

  14. says

    Can I tell you how happy I am to see these books make a come back? My son has the entire collection of the first series (he scrunged garage sale boxes to find them all!) Now my daughter who is 7 years younger than him will have a chance to get her own!

  15. Tracey Byram says

    I have 3 readers like myself in the family that would enjoy these books.

  16. Brian Morin says

    I loved Choose Your Own Adventure when I was growing up. I actually kept most of the books that I read as a kid. I always loved You Are A Shark.

  17. daniel rosenberg says

    the choose your own adventure series was one of my favorite series as a kid!

  18. Sue says

    I remember these when I was a kid and my boys have just recently discovered them. Thanks for sharing~

  19. DanielleC says

    my friends and I all loved the choose your adventure books when we were little. We would trade our books all the time and do the adventures as a team!

  20. Ali says

    I used to *love* these? I would re-read them over and over until I thought I had read every possible combination!

  21. Beth says

    I loved these as a kid. I had a whole shelf full of them and even tried writing my own. It would be great to win these so my daughter can enjoy them.

  22. Karen B says

    I’ve never heard of these before but I have grand and greatgrandchildren who would go nuts for them!

  23. jeanine says

    i didn’t even know they still made these! i LOVED choose your own adventure books when i was little. i would love to win these for my son!

  24. Laureen says

    My children love to come up with different story endings. This would be great for them! Thanks!

  25. Tawnda says

    I loved to find out what happens if I choose a different path… these books are good for repeat readers too!

  26. Karen Medlin says

    kids enjoy re-reading these from the library.. it would be awesome for them to have their own books

  27. bridget says

    I loved choose your own adventure when I was a kid. I would always choose the wrong path and have to start over again and again.

  28. Alicia says

    When I was a child, I remember reading choose your own adventure books. I loved them. I would love these for my son.

  29. says

    Wow, the books sure look different now. I fondly remember reading these as a kid. Would love to have a set for my kids.

  30. Daniel M says

    I remember these when i was a kid, been around a long time, used to like them a lot

  31. Carlene says

    Please include me in your giveaway.
    Thanks
    carlene
    iluvreading(at)verizon.net

  32. Dave says

    These bring back a lot of memories. Choose Your Own Adventure were some of my favorite books when I was younger. I’m sure my little nephews will enjoy these books just as much as I did when I was their age. Thank you for the chance to win.

  33. Victoria says

    I adored these books when I was young. Never knew how they’d turn out and you could read them several times. They were great! I’d love to win a set. Thanks!

  34. Jennifer says

    I really loved reading and re-reading choose your own adventure books. They give kids a sense of power and option that is usually lacking in real life.

  35. Rachel Higgs says

    I used to love reading these when I was a kid. would love to pass on the tradition to my kids

  36. Christine says

    WHOA!!! I LOVED these when I was a kid and would love to share them with my son now! Thanks for the chance!

  37. Paula H says

    I remember reading these and my older kids have read many of them, too. I would like to introduce my younger kids to them.

  38. samella says

    these were my favorites as a child and i would love to share them with my children

  39. Pamela S says

    To be honest, I don’t remember these books, but my kids have liked other books where you can pick endings. So I’d love to try them. Thanks.

  40. Brenda Park says

    I remember reading these books, and ‘cheating’ by going back and trying to make another choice to get a better ending! My 10 year old would love these so much, so thank you for hosting yet another great giveaway!

  41. Cynthia Mercado says

    I would love to read these with my 5 year old son. He would love it.

    mercsmercado at yahoo dot com

  42. Denise says

    They look like something that my youngest daughter would really enjoy. Thank you!

  43. Marie says

    I loved these books when I was a kid, it would be fun to share them with my kids!

  44. Julie K says

    I loved these as a kid, and I bought one for my son who really liked it, too. I would love to get him some fun summer reading. Thanks!

  45. Monalisa C. says

    I’m in Heaven! I have loved the choose your own adventure books since I was a kid. They are hard to find in my neck of the woods.

  46. Nicole says

    My boys would love it! And all my books get passed on to kids at my school when we’re finished creating more winners!

  47. Melanie says

    I used to love the Choose Your Own Adventure books!, though I have to admit I would cheat a little and take a peek..

  48. Karen says

    I remember reading these when I was a kid, and spending lots of time trying to make sure that I’d read every single possible story arc. My 8-year-old loves them now!

  49. Rachel Robertson says

    I love these books as they let children use their imagination and this lets them go into different worlds, situations and helps them to dream.

  50. HeatherS says

    Wow! This really brings back a lot of memories! I adored these books when I was a child and I would love to share them with my own children!

  51. Leslie S. says

    I remember reading these in the summer.I would love for my girls to get to ead them like I did. Thanks!

  52. jason fiske says

    Love those books. I remember hiding under my blanket late at night with a flashlight outside. Oh, now my kids are reading.

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