Choose Your Own Adventure books were a staple of my childhood, as they were some of my favorite books to read. Now there is different series of these books catering to different ages of readers. I got the chance recently to read several Choose Your Own Adventure books, and they really are as good, or better, than I remember from when I was a kid.
The first one was Owl Tree by R.A. Montgomery. This is a book in the Dragonlark series which is geared toward ages 5 to 8. This is the story of you and your friend who discover a tree covered in owls. These owls lead you on different adventures such as seeing into the future or going to a kingdom. It was fairly entertaining but it was definitely geared towards younger kids.
The second book was Journey Under The Sea by R.A. Montgomery. This book was part of the classic series which is geared toward ages 7 to 14. I’m very familiar with the classic series but I hadn’t ever read this particular story. The basis of this story is being in the sea and possibly finding the lost world of Atlantis. It was interesting, though not my favorite of the Choose Your Own Adventure series. With this book, it can appeal to older kids and for some adults as well.
The final book I read was The Golden Path Volume One: Into the Hollow Earth by Anson Montgomery. This book is geared towards ages 10 and up but can definitely be enjoyed by adults as well. The story takes place in an alternative Earth where you and your two friends are kicked out of school, and then you find out that your scientist parents are missing. The story takes you on an adventure with your friends as you try to find your parents along with what they were working on. At first I wasn’t sure it was a Choose Your Own Adventure book, because it took a little while to get to the choices. Once I got into it , it was very good. The only issue I had is that it is the first book of a series, and some of your choices can lead you to a point where you have to have the next book to go on.
I was very happy to see all the new choices of books in the Choose Your Own Adventure genre, and I can’t wait until my daughter is a little older so I can introduce her to these books.
Note: I received these 3 books for review purposes.