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R. A. Montgomery
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Book Description

May 23, 2006 9 and up 4 and up
Beware and Warning!

This book is different from other books.

You and YOU ALONE are in charge of what happens in this story.

There are dangers, choices, adventures, and consequences. YOU must use all of your numerous talents and much of your enormous intelligence. The wrong decision could end in disaster - even death. But, don't despair. At any time, YOU can go back and make another choice, alter the path of your story, and change its result.

You and your best friend Carlos have traveled to Nepal in search of the fabled Yeti or abominable snowman. Last year while the two of you were mountain climbing in South America, a guide told you about the legendary creature and you haven't stopped thinking about the Yeti since. Carlos arrived and went straight into the mountains when a Yeti sighting was reported. He hasn't been heard from in three days. A late monsoon storm has moved in and the mountains are almost impassable. You know Carlos will depend on you to do the right thing. But what is it?

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Editorial Reviews


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.

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: 0.2 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not #1 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Katie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun, Old Time Read on the Kindle 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
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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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, bad execution July 7, 1999
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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
1.0 out of 5 stars DONT BUY IF YOU ARE ON THE KINDLE 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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite "Choose your own adventure" books! February 28, 2011
Runal & the Yeti are well developed. They seem real, a sign of good character development.

Excellent. The pictures of the Yeti are scary, and even the picture of Runal makes him come to life more.

Excellent. Almost all of the endings, good or bad, are very entertaining. One thing that bothered me was that a few of the endings had nothing to do with the Yeti. Another of the endings was a little too unbelievable. But considering the overall quality of the story and endings, these are minor flaws that can be overlooked. Easily one of the best "Choose your own adventure" books I've ever read.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Choosing your own adventure= so fun! January 3, 2007
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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Published 1 month ago by Cpl. Utterback
2.0 out of 5 stars Endings just seem so random
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... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Swank Ivy
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
My son read this book and instantly loved it. If you get this book you will find that it's you that can choose.
Published 20 months ago by Audra Keown
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the memories
I enjoyed reading it when I was a kid, and I enjoyed being able to find after all these years
Published 20 months ago by Calvin C White
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh so boring
This product is not nearly as entertainment as it makes out to be. I was extremely disappointed in its content.
Published on June 28, 2012 by Stefany
4.0 out of 5 stars It is like a time machine!
When I was a little boy, I always loved this kind of book... And have the opportunity to read once more, it is priceless!!!
Published on May 4, 2012 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Boring- Waste of money
This book is just boring and waste of money. I didn't bother to read the stories before I clicked on the choice. Read more
Published on August 3, 2011 by blackbird
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun for Some Light, Short Reading
Geared towards a younger age group, I am not this book's intended audience, but having loved Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid, I picked this one up out of nostalgia. Read more
Published on January 5, 2011 by Luke Forney
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I remember
Ahhh yes....CYOA. Back when cavemen roamed the earth, I loved this series. It was the most popular set of books in school-and all the rage for all us in grades 3-6th. Read more
Published on August 19, 2010 by Bluejedi
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