[Editor: Have you ever had the itch to want to go back a chapter and rewrite it because the ending of the book was not satisfying? What about staying in your seat until the last movie credits appear only because you were recovering from the disappointment of the movie’s last scene and wished the ending was different?
I experienced that last week when I watched the movie 'X-Men Origins:Wolverine'. The itch of wanting to change the ending was so strong especially how growing up, Gambit has always been my favourite X-men in the comics and cartoon series. For those who are planning to watch the film, I shall not spoil it for you. All I can say is the movie could have ended better!
This is why I love books from the 'Choose Your Own Adventure series'. You are less likely to feel let down by the ending because as the reader, you are given choices and can decide on the course of the story by turning to different pages. The series is interactive and written in a way that makes the reader play the role of the story’s main character. There are many possible endings and side stories. Some books have more than 100 alternatives.]
Here are some titles from the Choose Your Own Adventure series available in our libraries.
With so many endings to discover, the books are hard to put down and can occupy you for a long time.
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The abominable snowman By R.A. Montgomery
Call Number: J MON
Beware and Warning! This book is different from other books.
You and YOU ALONE are in charge of what happens in this story.
There are dangers, choices, adventures, and consequences. YOU must use all of your numerous talents and much of your enormous intelligence. The wrong decision could end in disaster – even death. But, don’t despair. At any time, YOU can go back and make another choice, alter the path of your story, and change its result.
You and your best friend Carlos have traveled to Nepal in search of the fabled Yeti or abominable snowman. Last year while the two of you were mountain climbing in South America, a guide told you about the legendary creature and you haven’t stopped thinking about the Yeti since. Carlos arrived and went straight into the mountains when a Yeti sighting was reported. He hasn’t been heard from in three days. A late monsoon storm has moved in and the mountains are almost impassable. You know Carlos will depend on you to do the right thing. But what is it?
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Cup of death By Shannon Gilligan
Call Number: J GIL
You are looking at another long, cold day of New Year’s vacation, when your good friend Kenichi calls to report the theft of a rare tea bowl from a famous tea ceremony school in Kyoto. You leap at the chance to hone your detective skills and help Kenichi’s brother. But several confrontations later, you realize you may be in over your head – as in glug, glug, glug…
Caravan By R.A. Montgomery
Call Number: JS MON
Have you ever read a book that’s about you? This book is!
You live in Tibet with your family. Once a year, your father travels with a caravan of people, ponies, camels, and dogs to far-away India. The caravan brings yak wool from Tibet and beautiful silks from China to India, where they are traded for spices and tea. Your father’s helper can’t join him this year – are you brave enough to take his place? The caravan crosses a dangerous mountain range, and travels through places very different from your home.
Do you join forces with another caravan?
Will you try to sneak past bandits in the night?
Can you trust an old man dressed like a monk?
YOU choose what happens next! Good luck…
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For the availability of the above book titles, please check the library catalogue.
Answered by Ms Farah Adilla Bte Abdullah
Librarian, Adult and Young People’s Services