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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Series: Choose Your Own Adventure. Dragonlarks
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Chooseco (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933390514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933390512
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

You and your dog Homer are walking home from school one day. You throw a stick and Homer chases it right into an abandoned house. The house looks so creepy that you are scared to go in. But you've got to find Homer! He's your best friend.

There are lots of places you can look. Where do you start? If you go to the cellar to find Homer, turn to page 10. If you follow the mysterious woman who says she knows where Homer is, turn to page 6.

Everything that happens to you in the haunted house depends on the choices you make. Some of your adventures will be scary, some of them will be funny, but all of them will be fun! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap

You and your dog Homer are walking home from school one day. You throw a stick and Homer chases it right into an abandoned house. The house looks so creepy that you are scared to go in. But you've got to find Homer! He's your best friend.



There are lots of places you can look. Where do you start? If you go to the cellar to find Homer, turn to page 10. If you follow the mysterious woman who says she knows where Homer is, turn to page 6.



Everything that happens to you in the haunted house depends on the choices you make. Some of your adventures will be scary, some of them will be funny, but all of them will be fun! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Fun and not too scary for young readers!
Lizzie218
You don't have to make it more unusual by creating ridiculous characters and lame plotlines.
Jessica
My five year-old son and four year-old niece loved this book!
Carolyn M. Hietsch

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By FizzWiz on June 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
Haunted House does actually have a haunted house, but it plays a much smaller role in the book than you'd expect. It really should be called Lost Dog as your dog, Homer, scurries away at the beginning, and you have to find him. The book was definitely written for a 6-8 year old because there is not much interesting vocabulary otherwise, and the possible endings put together don't really add up well. For instance, in one ending, it was all a dream, in another ending, you end up in your front yard with your dog Homer, in another a surprise birthday party for you, in another, you hear fireworks because it's July 4. In one of the endings, you end up at a baseball field, but there's nothing about what happened to your dog, Homer, or if it was a dream. With the combination of endings, if you read them all, you may think well it's all a dream to begin with, but apparently your birthday is on July 4 and you really have a dog named Homer. This assumption would almost work, except that in one of the endings you turn into a turtle. After you turn into a turtle, it just ends. A good attempt for a bad ending. I thought that ending was going to turn out just as sappy as most of the others.

In certain scenarios, you can suddenly walk or fly through air or become a giant eating gingerbread house cookies. Nice ideas, but it feels too much like the author, R.A. Montgomery, was interested in only the fun factor with no cohesive theme for sticking to the title of the book more. While it's good to make a book fun, from a critical point of view, some more sensibility would make it better even though it's all meant to be imaginery. There can be sensibility even in an imaginary world, and too much randomness sometimes is less entertaining and dumb. For anyone who has a growing sense of the art of reading, this book just does not cut it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Thielen on January 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
My kids love this book. I have a Kindergarden boy and a 2nd grade girl, and they both really like this book. They are even reading it on their own. I enjoy the book also. It isn't scary which was a huge concern of mine. I would recommend this book for ages K and up, but at a reading level of 2nd grade and up.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Stevens on September 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
In a world where children have so little autonomy, my children found delight as they were given the choice to create their own adventure. To any parent who regularly encourages reading - this is a winner on so many levels, including being fun for the parent. Who wouldn't want to relive this great concept with their children. Fun! Fun! Fun!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mom246nunder on August 31, 2009
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My 4 y/o loves the Choose Your Own Adventure books and what a great concept to gear them towards a younger audience! The positives of this book are:
easy vocabulary
very child friendly and not scary at all
giving the child control of the story
can breeze through all 12 endings fairly quickly without a ton of redundancy

Negatives:
grammatical structure sometimes seems awkward
endings are weak and unexciting
no educational incorporation as in the older child series of CYOA

I really wish Montgomery would have taken the same style as in "The Abominable Snowman", "Journey Under the Sea", etc and added some educational value to the books and stronger, more incorporated endings... however, these are great for the 3 year old range and a bit beyond.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ben Allen on August 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
I loved CYOA books as a kid; I still have my collection and will pass them along when my kids are old enough. I don't have any of the old ones for younger readers, so I picked up this newer one. This one is just too strange and nonsensical. There's no story flow from page to page, and there's no connection between your choices and what happens. I found this to be a poor entry in the series. I always did prefer Edward Packard's books, but I still expect higher quality from R.A. I hope the other new ones are better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
I love "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure" stories, and this largely light-hearted one is great for the younger kids. As to the storyline(s), I offer but one piece of advice: don't take candy from strangers -- especially if they're Furry Turtles! :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Hizey on January 9, 2014
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The book was too easy for my 10 year old granddaughter. It was suppose to be for those children up to 12 years old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura on May 19, 2010
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I remember reading these types of books as a kid and enjoying them - my kids do too! My youngest doesn't have patience for longer books yet - but he found the novel concept of being able to change the outcome of the story fascinating and I had to read the book five times with him picking different outcomes each time.
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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.

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

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