Thursday, July 28, 2016

Choose Your Adventure (Laura)

1. ad-ven-ture (n): 1a: an undertaking usually involving danger and unknowable risks; 1b: the encountering of risks; 2: an exciting or remarkable experience*

Choose Your
Own Adventure
In the Choose Your Own Adventure books, created by Edward Packard in the late 1960s, readers get to make decisions that determine how the story progresses and how it ends. Books don't get much more adventurous than that, but now is your chance to focus on your favorite adventure stories whether they are CYOA or something else.

In adventure fiction, the protagonist experiences an exciting or dangerous event outside of their normal life. The story can include lots of physical action, like in The Hunger Games, or it can revolve around an animated child's toy far from home, as in The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Below are just some classic or popular adventure stories as examples.

What are your favorites? Which ones would you like to experience, or are there any you can relate to? If you contracted to write a CYOA story, what would it involve?

The Miraculous Journey
of Edward Tulane
Thanks for sharing!


*Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition

Holes, by Louis Sachar
Eragon, by Christopher Paolini
Divergent, by Veronica Roth
The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle
The Artemis Fowl books, by Eion Colfer
The Maze Runner, by James Dashner
Graceling, by Kristin Cashore
The Scorpio Races
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordin
Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles), by Marissa Meyer

The Cave of Time:
The Scorpio Races:
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane:


  1. Fun post, Laura! I only had one Choose Your Own Adventure book growing up and I never did find the right combination of choices to make it to a happy ending :) My favorite adventure books from your list are The Harry Potter series and The Hobbit.


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