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Choose Your Own Adventure

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Choose Your Own Adventure is a series of children's books first published by Bantam Books from 1979 to 1998 and currently published by ChooseCo. Each story is written from a second person point-of-view, with the reader assuming the role of the main character.

After an introduction to the story, the reader was given choices of how the story should progress. For instance:

If you decide to start back home, turn to page 4.
If you decide to wait, turn to page 5.

Depending on the reader's choice, the plot will unfold in different ways.

Often, a Choose Your Own Adventure book has multiple endings -- usually 15 or more -- which include:

  • At least one -- but often, two or three -- endings depicting the most desired resolution (e.g., the villian's plans are foiled and he/she subsequently either arrested or killed); and the main character, friend or other "good guy" character is rewarded handsomely.
  • Endings that result in death, either of the main character, one or more "friends," or both, because of an incorrect choice the reader made. Usually, this plot twist involves the villain learning of the good guys' investigation, subsequent confrontation and deadly resolution.
  • Other endings that may either be satisfactory (but not the most desired ending) or unsatisfactory (but not always totally bad).
Contents

History

The Choose Your Own Adventure series was not the first "interactive" book series, but it was the most successful, inspiring other children's books using the same format. Bantam also published spin-off series, including a line of simpler stories for younger children, and a similar series, Time Machine, from 1984 to 1989.

A great number of the books were written by R.A. Montgomery and Edward Packard throughout the 19-year history of the series with Bantam Books.

In the 2000s, R.A. Montgomery has republished many of the Choose Your Own Adventure titles.

Choose Your Own Adventure books

1979

1980

  • 4. Space and Beyond by R.A. Montgomery
  • 5. The Mystery of Chimney Rock (reissued as The Curse of the Haunted Mansion) by Edward Packard
  • 6. Your Code Name Is Jonah (reissued as Spy Trap) by Edward Packard
  • 7. The Third Planet from Altair (reissued as Message from Space; also released as Exploration Infinity) by Edward Packard
  • 8. Deadwood City by Edward Packard

1981

  • 9. Who Killed Harlowe Thrombey? by Edward Packard
  • 10. The Lost Jewels of Nabooti (reissued as The Lost Jewels) by R.A. Montgomery
  • 11. Mystery of the Maya by R.A. Montgomery

1982

  • 12. Inside UFO 54-40 by Edward Packard
  • 13. The Abominable Snowman by R.A. Montgomery
  • 14. The Forbidden Castle by Edward Packard
  • 15. House of Danger by R.A. Montgomery
  • 16. Survival at Sea by Edward Packard

1983

1984

  • 28. Mountain Survival by Edward Packard
  • 29. Trouble on Planet Earth by R.A. Montgomery
  • 30. The Curse of Batterslea Hall by Richard Brightfield
  • 31. Vampire Express by Tony Koltz
  • 32. Treasure Diver by Julius Goodman
  • 33. The Dragons' Den by Richard Brightfield
  • 34. The Mystery of the Highland Crest by Louise Munro Foley
  • 35. Journey to Stonehenge by Fred Graver
  • 36. The Secret Treasure of Tibet by Richard Brightfield
  • 37. War with the Evil Power Master by R.A. Montgomery
  • 38. Sabotage by Jay Leibold
  • 39. Supercomputer by Edward Packard

1985

  • 40. The Throne of Zeus by Deborah Lerme Goodman
  • 41. Search for the Mountain Gorillas by Jim Wallace
  • 42. The Mystery of Echo Lodge by Louise Munro Foley
  • 43. Grand Canyon Odyssey by Jay Leibold
  • 44. The Mystery of Ura Senke by Shannon Gilligan
  • 45. You Are a Shark by Edward Packard
  • 46. The Deadly Shadow by Richard Brightfield
  • 47. Outlaws of Sherwood Forest by Ellen Kushner
  • 48. Spy for George Washington by Jay Leibold
  • 49. Danger at Anchor Mine by Louise Munro Foley
  • 50. Return to the Cave of Time by Edward Packard
  • 51. The Magic of the Unicorn by Deborah Lerme Goodman

1986

  • 52. Ghost Hunter by Edward Packard
  • 53. The Case of the Silk King by Shannon Gilligan
  • 54. Forest of Fear by Louise Munro Foley
  • 55. The Trumpet of Terror by Deborah Lerme Goodman
  • 56. The Enchanted Kingdom by Ellen Kushner
  • 57. The Antimatter Formula by Jay Leibold
  • 58. Statue of Liberty Adventure by Ellen Kushner
  • 59. Terror Island by Tony Koltz
  • 60. Vanished! by Deborah Lerme Goodman
  • 61. Beyond Escape! by R.A. Montgomery
  • 62. Sugarcane Island by Edward Packard
  • 63. Mystery of the Secret Room by Ellen Kushner

1987

  • 64. Volcano! by Meryl Siegman
  • 65. The Mardi Gras Mystery by Louise Munro Foley
  • 66. Secret of the Ninja by Jay Leibold
  • 67. Seaside Mystery by Ann Hodgman
  • 68. Secret of the Sun God by Andrea Packard
  • 69. Rock and Roll Mystery by Jim Wallace
  • 70. Invaders of the Planet Earth by Richard Brightfield
  • 71. Space Vampire by Edward Packard
  • 72. The Brilliant Dr. Wogan by R.A. Montgomery
  • 73. Beyond the Great Wall by Jay Leibold
  • 74. Longhorn Territory by Marc Newman

1988

  • 75. Planet of the Dragons by Richard Brightfield
  • 76. The Mona Lisa is Missing! by Ramsey Montgomery
  • 77. The First Olympics by Ben M. Baglio
  • 78. Return to Atlantis by R.A. Montgomery
  • 79. Mystery of the Sacred Stones by Louise Munro Foley
  • 80. The Perfect Planet by Edward Packard
  • 81. Terror in Australia by Shannon Gilligan
  • 82. Hurricane! by Richard Brightfield
  • 83. Track of the Bear by R.A. Montgomery
  • 84. You Are a Monster by Edward Packard
  • 85. Inca Gold by James Beckett
  • 86. Knights of the Round Table by Ellen Kushner

1989

1990

  • 97. Through the Black Hole by Edward Packard
  • 98. You Are a Millionaire by Jay Leibold
  • 99. Revenge of the Russion Ghost by Jay Leibold
  • 100. The Worst Day of Your Life by Edward Packard
  • 101. Alien, Go Home! by Seddon Johnson
  • 102. Master of Tae Kwon Do by Richard Brightfield
  • 103. Grave Robbers by Ramsey Montgomery
  • 104. The Cobra Connection by Louise Munro Foley
  • 105. The Treasure of the Onyx Dragon by Alison Gilligan
  • 106. Hijacked! by Richard Brightfield
  • 107. Fight for Freedom by Richard Brightfield
  • 108. Master of Karate by Richard Brightfield

1991

  • 109. Chinese Dragons by R.A. Montgomery
  • 110. Invaders from Within by Edward Packard
  • 111. Smoke Jumper by R.A. Montgomery
  • 112. Skateboard Champion by Edward Packard
  • 113. The Lost Ninja by Jay Leibold
  • 114. Daredevil Park by Spencer Compton
  • 115. The Island of Time by R.A. Montgomery
  • 116. Kidnapped! by Edward Packard
  • 117. The Search for Aladdin's Lamp by Jay Leibold
  • 118. Vampire Invaders by Edward Packard
  • 119. The Terrorist Trap by Shannon Gilligan
  • 120. Ghost Train by Louise Munro Foley

1992

  • 121. Behind the Wheel by R.A. Montgomery
  • 122. Magic Master by Edward Packard
  • 123. Silver Wings by R.A. Montgomery
  • 124. Superbike by Edward Packard
  • 125. Outlaw Gulch by Ramsey Montgomery
  • 126. Master of Martial Arts by Richard Brightfield
  • 127. Showdown by Shannon Gilligan
  • 128. Viking Raiders by Edward Packard
  • 129. Earthquake! by Alison Gilligan
  • 130. You Are Microscopic by Jay Leibold

1993

  • 131. Surf Monkeys by Jay Leibold
  • 132. The Luckiest Day of Your Life by Edward Packard
  • 133. The Forgotten Planet by Doug Wilhelm
  • 134. Secret of the Dolphins by Edward Packard
  • 135. Playoff Champion by Felix von Moschzisker
  • 136. Roller Star by Edward Packard
  • 137. Scene of the Crime by Doug Wilhelm
  • 138. Dinosaur Island by Edward Packard
  • 139. Motocross Mania by R.A. Montgomery
  • 140. Horror House by Edward Packard
  • 141. The Secret of Mystery Hill by Doug Wilhelm
  • 142. The Reality Machine by Edward Packard

1994

  • 143. Project UFO by R.A. Montgomery
  • 144. Comet Crash by Edward Packard
  • 145. Everest Adventure! by R.A. Montgomery
  • 146. Soccer Star by Edward Packard
  • 147. The Antimatter Universe by Kate Mueller
  • 148. Master of Judo by Richard Brightfield
  • 149. Search the Amazon! by Doug Wilhelm
  • 150. Who Are You? by Edward Packard
  • 151. Gunfire at Gettysburg by Doug Wilhelm
  • 152. War With the Mutant Spider Ants by Edward Packard
  • 153. Last Run by R.A. Montgomery
  • 154. Cyberspace Warrior by Edward Packard

1995

  • 155. Ninja Cyborg by Jay Leibold
  • 156. You Are an Alien by Edward Packard
  • 157. U.N. Adventure by Ramsey Montgomery
  • 158. Sky-Jam! by Edward Packard
  • 159. Tattoo of Death by R.A. Montgomery
  • 160. The Computer Takeover by Edward Packard
  • 161. Possessed! by R.A. Montgomery
  • 162. Typhoon! by Edward Packard
  • 163. Shadow of the Swastika by Doug Wilhelm
  • 164. Fright Night by Edward Packard
  • 165. Snowboard Racer by Anson Montgomery
  • 166. Master of Aikido by Richard Brightfield

1996

  • 167. Moon Quest by Anson Montgomery
  • 168. Hostage! by Edward Packard
  • 169. Terror on the Titanic by Jim Wallace
  • 170. Greed, Guns, and Gold by Edward Packard
  • 171. Death in the Dorm by R.A. Montgomery
  • 172. Mountain Biker by Edward Packard
  • 173. The Gold Medal Secret by Doug Wilhelm
  • 174. The Power Dome by Edward Packard
  • 175. The Underground Railroad by Doug Wilhelm

1997

1998

  • 181. Fire On Ice by Edward Packard
  • 182. Fugitive by Edward Packard
  • 183. CyberHacker by Anson Montgomery
  • 184. Mayday! by Edward Packard
  • 185. Are You The Potato Farmer? by Des Farhsteights

Choose Your Own Adventure books for younger readers

These books were written for a simpler reading level than the main series.

  • 1. The Circus by Edward Packard, 1981
  • 2. The Haunted House by R.A. Montgomery , 1981
  • 3. Sunken Treasure by Edward Packard, 1982
  • 4. Your Very Own Robot by R.A. Montgomery , 1982
  • 5. Gorga, the Space Monster by Edward Packard, 1982
  • 6. The Green Slime by Susan Saunders, 1982
  • 7. Help! You're Shrinking by Edward Packard, 1983
  • 8. Indian Trail by R.A. Montgomery , 1983
  • 9. Dream Trips by Edward Packard, 1983
  • 10. The Genie in the Bottle by Jim Razzi, 1983
  • 11. The Bigfoot Mystery by Lynn Sonberg, 1983
  • 12. The Creature from Miller's Pond by Susan Saunders, 1983
  • 13. Jungle Safari by Edward Packard, 1983
  • 14. The Search for Champ by Shannon Gilligan, 1983
  • 15. The Three Wishes by Shannon Gilligan, 1984
  • 16. Dragons! by Jim Razzi, 1984
  • 17. Wild Horse Country by Lynn Sonberg, 1984
  • 18. Summer Camp by Judy Gitenstein, 1984
  • 19. The Tower of London by Susan Saunders, 1984
  • 20. Trouble in Space by John Woodcock, 1984
  • 21. Mona is Missing by Shannon Gilligan, 1984
  • 22. The Evil Wizard by Andrea Packard, 1984
  • 23. The Polar Bear Express by Edward Packard, 1984
  • 24. The Mummy's Tomb by Stephanie Spinner, 1985
  • 25. The Flying Carpet by Jim Razzi, 1985
  • 26. The Magic Path by Julius Goodman, 1985
  • 27. Ice Cave by Susan Saunders, 1985
  • 28. Fire! by R.A. Montgomery , 1985
  • 29. The Fairy Kidnap by Shannon Gilligan, 1985
  • 30. Runaway Spaceship by Susan Saunders, 1985
  • 31. Lost Dog! by R.A. Montgomery , 1985
  • 32. Blizzard at Black Swan Inn by Susan Saunders, 1986
  • 33. Haunted Harbor by Shannon Gilligan, 1986
  • 34. Attack of the Monster Plants by Susan Saunders, 1986
  • 35. The Miss Liberty Caper by Susan Saunders, 1986
  • 36. The Owl Tree by R.A. Montgomery , 1986
  • 37. Haunted Halloween Party by Susan Saunders, 1986
  • 38. Sand Castle by R.A. Montgomery , 1986
  • 39. Caravan by R.A. Montgomery , 1987
  • 40. The Great Easter Bunny Adventure by Edward Packard, 1987
  • 41. The Movie Mystery by Susan Saunders, 1987
  • 42. Light on Burro Mountain by Susan Saunders, 1987
  • 43. Home in Time for Christmas by R.A. Montgomery , 1987
  • 44. You See the Future by Deborah Lerme Goodman, 1988
  • 45. The Great Zopper Toothpaste Treasure by Jennifer Bach and Amy Brost, 1988
  • 46. A Day with the Dinosaurs by Edward Packard, 1988
  • 47. Spooky Thanksgiving by R.A. Montgomery , 1988
  • 48. You Are Invisible by Susan Saunders, 1989
  • 49. Race of the Year by R.A. Montgomery , 1989
  • 50. Stranded! by Sara Compton, 1989
  • 51. You Can Make a Difference: The Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Anne Bailey, 1990
  • 52. The Enchanted Attic by Adele Read, 1992

Choose Your Own Super Adventure books

These books were longer and more complex than the books in the regular series.

  • 1. Journey to the Year 3000 by Edward Packard, 1987
  • 2. Danger Zones by R.A. Montgomery , 1987

Choose Your Own Nintendo Adventure books

These books were based off of video games by Nintendo.

  1. Double Trouble
  2. Leaping Lizards
  3. Monster Mix-Up
  4. Koopa Capers
  5. Pipe Down!
  6. Doors to Doom
  7. Dinosaur Dillema
  8. Flown the Koopa
  9. The Crystal Trap
  10. The Shadow Prince
  11. Unjust Desserts
  12. Brain Drain

Note: The Nintendo series were all based on the Mario series, except books 9 & 10 which were based on the Zelda series.

Choose Your Own Adventure: Passport books

This series is more educational and casts the reader as a member of a globe-trotting news team.

  • 1. Tour de France by James Becket, 1992
  • 2. Forgotten Days by Kate Mueller, 1992
  • 3. On Tour by Ken McMurtry, 1992
  • 4. Path of the Crusaders by Ken McMurtry, 1992
  • 5. Mystery of the Trans-Siberian Express by Ken McMurtry, 1992
  • 6. Manhunt by Ken McMurtry, 1992

Choose Your Own Nightmare books

The success of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps horror novels inspired a flood of children's horror novels, including this Choose Your Own Adventure spin-off series.

  • 1. Night of the Werewolf by Edward Packard, 1995
  • 2. Beware the Snake's Venom by Ken McMurtry, 1995
  • 3. Island of Doom by Richard Brightfield, 1995
  • 4. Castle of Darkness by R.A. Montgomery , 1995
  • 5. The Halloween Party by E.A.M. Jakab, 1995
  • 6. Risk Your Life Arcade by Ken McMurtry, 1995
  • 7. Biting for Blood by Edward Packard, 1996
  • 8. Bugged Out! by Laban Carrick Hill, 1996
  • 9. The Mummy Who Wouldn't Die by E.A.M. Jakab, 1996
  • 10. It Happened at Camp Pine Tree by R.A. Montgomery and Janet Hubbard-Brown, 1996
  • 11. Watch Out for Room 13 by Laban Carrick Hill, 1996
  • 12. Something's in the Woods by Richard Brightfield, 1996
  • 13. The Haunted Baby by Edward Packard, 1997
  • 14. The Evil Pen Pal by Laban Carrick Hill, 1997
  • 15. How I Became a Freak by Richard Brightfield, 1997
  • 16. Welcome to Horror Hospital by Laban Carrick Hill, 1997
  • 17. Attack of the Living Mask by Robert Hirshfield, 1997
  • 18. The Toy Shop of Terror by Laban Carrick Hill, 1997

Choose Your Own Star Wars Adventure books

These books were based on the original Star Wars trilogy.

  • 1. A New Hope by Christopher Golden, 1998
  • 2. The Empire Strikes Back by Christopher Golden, 1998
  • 3. Return of the Jedi by Christopher Golden, 1998

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