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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chooseco (May 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933390018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933390017
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After a brief hiatus from the presses, the venerable series is back and moving into the 21st century. Founder R.A. Montgomery started the Choose Your Own Adventure series with 'The Abominable Snowman.' Each book is written in the second-person and you play the role of the main character. Readers are given choices and decide on a course by turning to different pages. Each book has many possible endings and side stories, some with over 100 variations. Furthermore, you can continue reading until you attain a favorable ending if you, as this author did in his first read, die in your first attempt. --Blast Magazine, January 1, 2007

About the Author

R.A. MONTGOMERY is an avid outdoorsman. He has hiked in the Himalayas, climbed mountains in Europe, scuba-dived in Central America, and sailed in Franco-phone Africa. He has lived in France, travels frequently to Asia, and calls Vermont home. His interests include macroeconomics, geo-politics, mythology, history, mystery novels, and music. He has two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters.

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R.A. Montgomery is an avid adventurer, first and foremost. Whether in the mountains, or on the sea, or in explorations of the mind, he has found adventure in every aspect of his life. Teaching school, working in the administration of a top university, hiking in the Himalayas, or working in the Peace Corps in Africa, Montgomery has taken making choices seriously. Montgomery says, "There is never a day in which you are not confronted with choice. Some seemingly small choices can determine the path of the rest of your life. CYOA gave me a vehicle for examining all the impacts of choice."

He was born in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1936. One of his first memories is sitting in his high chair and being frightened of Jell-O, which he thought was alive. He attended Hopkins Grammar School, the oldest private school in the country (founded in 1660), and Williston Academy. He got his college degree from Williams in 1958, and did graduate school at Yale and NYU.

Choose Your Own Adventure® books reflect his diverse interests and values. Montgomery states, "More than anything else, everyone should have the freedom to express themselves. Second to that, everyone should take risks and be willing to fail. Picking yourself up off the mat is the central business of life."

Today R.A. Montgomery lives in north central Vermont, where he is CEO of the small publishing house that has re-introduced the CYOA series. He travels frequently to Asia and Europe. Although his technical climbing days are kaput.

For games, activities and other fun stuff, or to contact R.A. Montgomery, visit us online at www.cyoa.com.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Katie on January 5, 2010
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Downloaded the Kindle version as a fun bedtime story for my child. The first couple pages had typos "...climbing in South American", "but what is is?" Further, the instructions say, "If you don't like your choice, press PREVIOUS PAGE to go back and decide again." When we selected PREV PAGE, it went to a different thread of the book instead of the choice page, as it should have done. Improvements would be great as these were really fun stories to read when I was a child, but the problems with the Kindle version put a damper on my enthusiasm.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Melbourne Australia on January 3, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This was not in fact the first CYOA. The first was 'The Cave of Time' by Edward Packard.
So why is 'The Abominable Snowman' being shown as the first in the series? Well... R?A. Montgomery (the author of this book) co-founded CYOA with Edward Packard. They were the Lennon and McCartney of CYOA, if you will (there's a good Wikipedia article about its history). Sadly, somewhere along the line the two went their separate ways and Montgomery, when reviving CYOA, seems to have written Packard out of the series' history. It's like McCartney deleting all Lennon's songs from the Beatles back catalogue!
If you are interested in acquiring the REAL first CYOA title, the classic 'Cave of Time', as well as other works by the author many regard as CYOA's best, don't bother with these CYOA re-releases. Instead you will have to go to Packard's 'u-ventures' website, where they have been repackaged, revised and expanded by Packard himself, and turned into really neat iPhone apps. Check them out. I definitely recommend them over the Montgomery titles - including this one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gillett on December 16, 2009
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Back in the middle ages when I went to school the Choose Your Own Adventures came out. It was a perfect time for me and our school library couldn't keep the books on the shelves. This is the first book in the series and it is a joy on the Kindle. The navigation was easy, the pictures were all there, and the feeling of reading the book remained. I'm not sure I'll be buying the other books on the Kindle though. This was a kind of kitsch purchase for me. A fun walk down memory lane, but like other children books, not something I need to re-read or spend a lot of money on.

If you're like me and read these books as a kid and have a Kindle as an adult it's worth the couple of bucks to snag one. If you can trust your kids with a Kindle then they will probably enjoy this as well. And lastly, if you want a history of interactivity, then you would want to buy one of these as well.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By a reader on January 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
Wow! This book is great. I remember the Choose Your Own Adventure series were some of the only books I would actually borrow from our elementery school library. It's awesome that they have kept the same stories while giving them new updated covers and artwork. I would definitely reccomend this book for any kid 7 and up, or any adult who read the series as a child. These books really made me want to read as a kid because they let you choose your own story. The Abominable Snowman is probably one of the best ones, the endings are really creative.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bobbies.Books on March 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Choose Your Own Adventure series is excellent to motivate your children and students to read. The book lets you make your own choices and find out what happens to your character. Kind of like a video game in a book. This particular one The Abominable Snowman is one of RA Montgomery's best and will be lauched on DVD in August of 2006. Imagine being able to make your own choices on DVD and in a Book that effect the outcome of you as the main character.

If you choose to lauch you adventure in reading, go to page 5.

If you choose to miss the biggest thing since Harry Potter, go to page 36.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Back in its heyday, the "Choose Your Own Adventure" series was one of the best, most exciting series for kids there was. Especially good were the ones by Edward Packard. His colleague R.A. Montgomery wrote less successful efforts. This one displays his fondness for negative and often arbitrary endings, as well as for a sort of new agey bizarreness. Ace illustrator Grainger is always good, though I wonder to think that anyone would ever pay for a hardcover of this light text, when a paperback would do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Caulfield on November 26, 2013
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This book does not work on kindle at all. Do not buy if you are on a kindle. The images overlap the text and you can not read it. I am using the kindle paperwhite
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Format: Paperback
I think I settled for reading this Choose Your Own Adventure book because it promised to be at least vaguely science fiction-related, being that it was about a mysterious creature and I expected to get to see it in my travels. This was another book where the endings were just sort of weird, and there were some strange stereotypes (you know, because if you're in Tibet, of course you're going to end up dealing with monks!). I don't mean that the endings were weird in a good way; they were just sort of disconnected or random. But at least there were a lot of DIFFERENT outcomes, and some of them didn't actually involve the abominable snowman himself so it actually sort of conveyed the feeling that he WAS a bit elusive.
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