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Placing young readers smack-dab at the center of the action - and in control of the plot twists, the Choose Your Own Adventure series found an eager audience when Bantam launched the first of these paperbacks back in 1979. Between that year and 1998, that company released more than 180 books in the series, which reached an in-print tally of more than 250 million copies and were published in 38 languages. Now Chooseco, a publisher based in a Vermont farmhouse, is giving this generation's middle-graders the chance to choose their own adventures, as it reissues the series in updated editions. --Publisher's Weekly Children's Bookshelf

About the Author

R.A. MONTGOMERY attended Hopkins Grammar School, Williston-Northampton School and Williams College where he graduated in 1958. He pursued graduate studies in Religion and Economics at Yale and NYU. Montgomery was an adventurer all his life, climbing mountains in the Himalaya, skiing throughout Europe and scuba-diving wherever he could. His interested included education, macro-economics, geo-politics, mythology, history, mystery novels and music. He wrote his first interactive book, Journey Under the Sea, in 1976 and published it under the series name The Adventures of You. A few years later Bantam Books bought this book and gave Montgomery a contract for five more, to inaugurate their new children s publishing division. Bantam renamed the series Choose Your Own Adventure and a publishing phenomenon was born. The series has sold more than 260 million copies in over 40 languages. He was married to the writer Shannon Gilligan. Montgomery died in November 2014, only two months after his last book was published.


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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: 1933390042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933390048
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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R.A. Montgomery was an avid adventurer, first and foremost. Whether in the mountains, or on the sea, or in explorations of the mind, he 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 took making choices seriously.

"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 was of him 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 attended graduate school at Yale and NYU.

Choose Your Own Adventure® books reflect his diverse interests and values. "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."

R.A. Montgomery made his home in north central Vermont, where he co-founded Chooseco in 2003, the small publishing house that has re-introduced the CYOA series. Although his technical climbing days were kaput, Ray continued to travel frequently throughout his life to Asia and annually to Europe. He was married to the writer and game designer Shannon Gilligan. Montgomery died in November 2014, only two months after his last book "Gus vs.The Robot King" was published.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Macpherson on July 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
Pretty much the only time I've been unable to finish a Choose Your Own Adventure book is when R.A. Montgomery has written it. This is one of those times. It's not only bad but also nonsensical and unsatisfying. Once in a while he writes a fun book, but more often than not he writes just slightly above incoherence.

The Lost Jewels of Nabooti is the 10th in the series (4th in the reissues). It focuses on you trying to find said Jewels which have been stolen from your uncle and are said to be cursed. Most of the action takes place in Paris, Morocco, or various countries in Africa. My first read-through ended abruptly when it turned out my cousins who hired me (in Boston) were now in Morocco not only with the jewels but also as part of a secret society. Here are a couple of lines from this stupid ending: "We offer you membership in the International Tribe of Nabooti. This is an honor few people get- fewer still hear of." Haha, does this mean there are lots of members who don't know they're members? If I chose a different path it turns out my cousins' house is filled with traps that kill me. So that stinks.

The art by Paul Granger, who did a lot of the early CYOAs, is pretty good. Lots of dynamic action though a few of the pictures look like they've been blown up. I noticed in one picture a character described as having no fingernails and no lines around the corners of his mouth had both. There might be other art inconsistencies but I couldn't bring myself to finish this thing to find them.

R.A. Montgomerysms that I noticed in my brief read:

He dedicated the book to his sons, I believe, Anson and Ramsey. In the book you might come across three of the narrator's friends. They are Anson, Ramsey, and --Beech Muzzwell!?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By swishsdaug on May 1, 2012
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I completely forgot I had ordered this item. When it arrived, it was in much better condition than I had expected. I'm happy to have found it at a great price, and with a dependable seller. Thanks.
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