The Twisted Tale of Tiki Island (Give Yourself Goosebumps, No 21) Paperback – September 1, 1997
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- Lexile measure : 450L
- Grade level : 4 - 6
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0590935003
- ISBN-13 : 978-0590935005
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.25 x 7.75 inches
- Reading level : 9 - 12 years
- Publisher : Scholastic (September 1, 1997)
- Language: : English
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- #2,740 in Children's Spine-Chilling Horror
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Plot: You and your cousin Gina are visiting Tiki Island for the summer. Your friend Kala tells you that Tiki Island now has a curse on it. Then, when you're snorkeling, a shark comes towards you. Do you look for a weapon...like that sharp rock with the Tiki Eye on it? Or follow Gina into an underwater cave? The choice is yours.
This book is packed with both good and bad endings, and it is very, VERY difficult to get a good ending first time. I personally lost out when I found Gina was a skeleton.
Before I give my full opinion, I do want to discuss the maze. There is a maze in this game, and I have done it several times. There is a fake opening and a real opening. However, nine times out of ten, I've reached the fake ending of the maze, not the real one. I can understand doing it once, but doing it so many times seems to pose a problem. If you do reach the fake ending, the book will punish you. I was legitimately shocked each time I turned to the page and the book accused me of cheating, then gave me the ending I mentioned earlier, that still disturbs me.
Endings in general in this book are pretty extreme. Most of them are pretty dark, and if they're not, you probably will get rich. There's even one ending when you have to murder to break the curse. This is a very challenging gamebook. Don't make this your first one, but definitely read it. It's coherent and well-told, no matter which story you get.