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The Abominable Snowman/Journey Under the Sea/Space and Beyond/The Lost Jewels of Nabooti/Mystery of the Maya/House of Danger (Choose Your Own Adventure 1-6) (Box Set 1) Paperback – September 30, 2011

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About the Author

Raymond A. Montgomery is the founder of the Choose Your Own Adventure interactive children's book series. Montgomery synthesized all of his varied educational and game theory work in the Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) series, first published by Bantam Books in 1979. The series grew into a publishing phenomenon with over 180 titles and 250 million copies published worldwide in over 35 languages. The books were unique in that they appealed equally to girls and boys, to reluctant readers and avid ones. The CYOA series has been used in classrooms from early elementary school to college. At the advent of the Internet age, the series was used frequently in curricula focused on explaining the interactivity of the World Wide Web to young children. After a successful stint in the mid-to-late-90's designing games for CD-ROM, Montgomery decided to re-launch the CYOA series based on the interest he was getting from former fans. Montgomery and partners Shannon Gilligan and Gordon Troy, Esq. have turned their full attentions to Choose Your Own Adventure since Fall 2004. The series is being reissued through Chooseco LLC, in Waitsfield, Vermont. 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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Chooseco; Slp edition (September 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933390913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933390918
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Winters on January 23, 2010
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I, like many other reviewers here, remember fondly reading these type of books as a child, flipping back and forth, reading all the twists to each excitingly different ending. My memory isn't sharp enough to say if these are the actual books or not. They seem much shorter now, but of course I'm now viewing them from an entirely different perspective.

I bought this set for my daughter when she was 9, thinking that she would love the books as much as I did. I was mistaken. She blew through them and moved on. It's not that she doesn't enjoy reading, beause she does. But I think today's kids have so many more exciting things available to them than we did, so it just doesn't have the same effect. For us, these books were our video games of the time!

So my advice to you would be to find just one of these books used, or borrow it at a library, and gauge your child's interest before buying these fairly expensive sets.
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My son is a very reluctant reader. He has mild autism that comes with a reading disability. He was held back in the third grade by my request, and even with that was always 1-2 years behind his grade level. This year he is in 5th grade. Since I purchased these for him, he has been voluntarily reading. He carries these books with him to school and is excited to "find out what will happen next". At the beginning of this year, his reading level was grade 3.5. Yesterday he did his AR test at school and he is a 5.1!! This is since he began reading these books. I finally found something that hooks him into a story.

He doesn't understand all of the words, but since his is into the story, he can get the word in context. This is a new skill for him. A "must buy" for those reluctant readers!
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By G. Guarnere on December 14, 2011
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Got this as a gift set for a child - friend who doesn't like to read so much.

I remember these from when I was a child. My brother liked them because you can "choose a path to follow" every few pages. It makes kids feel like they're taking part in an ACTIVE adventure... almost like a game. As a result, kids are more willing to sit down with the book and attempt reading.

As a teacher, I've recommended this to so many parents as a means to get children interested in reading. Since reading motivation has a lot to do with confidence, books like this are a bonus because they're active, exciting and use very basic language. Any 4-6 grader should be able to pick these up and enjoy them.
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We bought these books for our son because we remembered how much we loved them at his age. They are much quicker reads than I remember, but he loves them, so they get 5 stars. One book takes him less than 45 minutes to get through. He hasn't gotten to the stage where he goes back and makes different choices yet, but I'm sure he'll become even more fond of them then.
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My nine year old loved these books, even though they're well beneath his reading level. He lost his daddy a few years back and identifies with anything that Daddy had done/read. When he found out that he enjoyed these books when he was little, he just had to have them. He reads them over and over, each time with a different twist. Very entertaining!
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I remembered the "Choose Your Own Adventures" fondly from my childhood, so for Christmas I bought the first set of books for my 5 1/2 yr old. While some of the text and concepts are still a little over his head occasionally, he really loves them. We work with him on reading and use the choices to encourage him to really think about what we have read as opposed to simply passive listening. The great part is... I don't remember the stories and I love getting to experience them again. Going to be buying the next set when I finish this review as we have read all of the first set of books pretty much through and through...

I wish more of these types of books were written.

Thanks!
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My grandson Loves these books. Choose your own adventures. These books when they came out my kids read them. They are very hard to find. They can change the adventures my going to certain pages for different outcomes to the stories. This has 6 books in the series and the price is great for what you get. A must read for all teens!
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My husband remembered having these when he was a kid, so Santa brought them for my 9 year old who loves to read. He likes that he can read them over and over and that he can alter the story each time.
I wish they had some new ones that would appeal to my daughter. She likes them, but not as much as my son.
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