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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 (April 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933390522
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933390529
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 6.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I loved these books as a child, and this is one aimed for younger readers.
chris
He liked it very much and read it over and over again until he found a story that led him to every possible ending.
Melissa Razo
The level is perfect for both our 3 and 5 year olds and they are having so much fun with all three books!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By PeaTee TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you aren't acquainted with the format, the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books promise some extra fun by allowing readers the chance to make some decisions and take the story line down one path or another.

In the case of this book there are twelve possible endings. Unfortunately quite a few of them are "sub-standard", even from a child's perspective. [My own sample audience is a 6 year old boy.] In one ending, for example, the robot flies into a big pile of ice cream and the president of the company charges you --you become a defacto character -- $800 dollars for the damage; while in another situation the robot leaves you having to replant a neighbors rose bushes because your robot exclaims, "SORRY! I AM NOT PROGRAMMED TO PLANT ROSE BUSHES." Don't know about you, but we didn't find it all that entertaining.

As to an official Reading Level (aka Accelerated Reading or ATOS) none is listed. But the word level is fairly advanced and at least at the 2nd Grade level. Which makes the silliness probably even less attractive since I'm assuming older children would be a bit more discriminating than than my 6 y.o. boy.

Here's an example of text from page 18 so you can judge the level for yourself:

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"Now I will try pressing your RUN button," you tell him. So you do--and off he runs.

"Terrific!" you cry, and you turn him off before he can run too far.

"Say, maybe if I let you run fast enough, you could take off, like a plane!" you say. "But, of course, I don't know how to fly a plane. So that might be dangerous."

"Besides there a lots of things we could do in the yard. We could build a fort. That might be fun."

But you keep thinking about flying. Should you try it?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Butterfly 3 on March 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
It is a fun concept to make your own choices while reading a story and then re-read the story multiple times making different choices and ending up on different adventures. The stories are simple but a fun read for my five year old. There was some frustration with missed opportunities and confusing connections until we figured out that on page 43 where it says "Turn to page 11" it should have been page 12.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Durbin VINE VOICE on June 27, 2007
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I was really looking forward to sharing the choose your own adventures books with my 7 year old nephew. This one was tagged as being for 6-12 year olds. It was extremely boring for the 7 year old, but the 3 1/2 year old thought it was pretty decent. I don't think either of them will pull it off the shelf to read it or have it read. It falls far short of what I remembered.

UPDATE 9/29/2008: The four and a half year old has begun asking to have it read... I think the thrill of being able to choose is a big plus. So for younger pre-readers it's a decent book, it's just not for school age kids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Desi Ashby on January 7, 2014
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I wish there were more books written in this style.My 8 year old loves robots
and the idea of making the book turn out different ways depending on how he
chooses to read it. A great book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kent on December 27, 2013
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I loved these types of books when I was a kid, so I bought this one for my 7 year old son and it is even better than the ones from when I was a child because there are fantastic pictures in them as well. Your child will love the fact that he gets to lead the story with his decisions!!--a great buy:)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. HENRY on March 2, 2008
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I brought this book for a youngster but after reading it with friends, we got hooked to it as well. The story lines were great no matter what adventure you choose and the pictures brought the story to life. I loved reading in big print.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Heather A. Moate on November 4, 2007
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I was so excited to see that the Choose Your Own Adventure company had created a series of books targeted for younger readers. My seven year old son was captivated by the idea that he could have a hand in guiding a story about having his very own robot. The color pictures were engaging, and the story lines kept my son reading over and over. Well done!!!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FizzWiz on June 28, 2006
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For a children's book, this is well done. Not every ending is pleasing, and a few of the bad endings are written to sound like nothing too bad is happening, but reasoning will tell you that that particular adventure was not such a good one to experience such as the ending where you end up in "robot land" for the rest of your life and are treated as the only robot with robots ruling the land instead. There are many fun scenarios and endings such as when you dive into a pool of strawberry ice cream, or the first ending I got, riding my robot to Venus and back in time for dinner. The front cover shows lightning, pirates, and a whale, and those are just several adventures you could end up on. There is one ending where you end up in jail for the rest of your life, and that one didn't really fit as well with the context of the situation. If you're looking for something fun, but not over the top corny for your 7 - 10 year old or so, this is worth considering.
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