Questions tagged [choose-your-own-adventure]

A genre of fiction, often aimed at children, where the reader chooses the progression of the story from a list of options. The genre was originated by the "Choose Your Own Adventure" series, first published in 1976, but is often used to refer to all interactive novels that follow this style.

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Can't find this specific Choose Your Own Adventure book

The book was kinda large but paperback and old, maybe 30-40 years. I distinctly remember an arm wrestling contest you needed to secretly drink a potion for, and the complete ending had you return to a ...
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Book Identification: Choose Your Own Adventure style book with a dog that turns out to be a secret agent for planet Sirius

I remember reading this book as a kid in the early 1990s. It was Choose Your Own Adventure in style, but I don't know if it was actually CYOA brand. From what I recall it was targeted towards middle ...
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Fantasy horror choose your own adventure book series involving a character called the Dark One who assumes the form of a squid

This book series is of the "Choose your own adventure" genre. As far as I remember, it was of the fantasy horror genre. The ones I've read had plenty of either bad ending or "you die&...
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Choose Your Own Adventure type gamebook about a knight vs a demon

My brother and I remember a choose your own adventure type game book that we can't find. The cover depicts a young knight crouched towards the bottom of the cover, wearing silver/blue armor and ...
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Book (CYOA?) involving the ghost of a pilot who manifests as a face in a microwave

I was reminded of this one when reading A plane travelling into the past. I'm 90% certain this may have been a CYOA, or one of its knockoffs, maybe involving paranormal research given the bit I'm ...
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CYOA book, Tre-something, dragon, "half a hundred years"?

Can anyone put a name to a choose-your-own-adventure style gamebook? The title was Tre-something, you know, a Cornish name. There was a prologue story about a dragon in a cave, and some knights came ...
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CYOA with a black hole on the inside of the Earth

When I was younger, I had a CYOA that involved falling into the inside of the Earth. You discover that the Earth is held together by a "black sun" which turns out to be a black hole. Some of ...
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SciFi bounty Hunter with sonic ring grenade

Trying desperately to find a book from my childhood. The only details I can remember: Choose your own adventure with several endings SciFi setting Male protagonist who is a bounty hunter, has many ...
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Book: Choose Your Own Adventure, You Shrink to Enter a Human Body

I'm trying to find the name of a Choose Your Own Adventure book I recall reading when I was a kid (this was in the late '90s). The protagonist is an adventurer, and you join a team of doctors/...
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"Choose Your Own Adventure" book, medieval fantasy and pet crow, bizarre possible ending implied to have been a dream

This was in the school library when I was in 3rd or 4th grade, so around 1992 or 1993 (the elementary had its own library), though the reading level was above my head at the time. I remember the "...
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90s YA fantasy series where a warrior meets a sorceress and they travel together

There may only be two books in the series, one is a regular novel and the other is a choose-your-own-adventure type gamebook. I read them in 1997 so I assume they were written in the 90s, 80s or even ...
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Fantasy CYOA Like Book With A Dragon

I remember owning this book in the '90s. I lived in Michigan at the time. The main thing I do recall is that you would turn to different pages to make a choice, and you could collect items along the ...
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Star Wars Trooper chooseable path book

There was this Star Wars book I used to read back in middle school. It was about you being a trooper, and you got to decide what you did - i.e. commander, demolitions, etc. There were multiple endings....
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Zany parody of choose your own adventure?

I read this some time between 8 years ago and 2-3 years ago; hard to narrow it more exactly. I recall it was written by a well-known author (or at least not an obscure author), and that I was ...
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Books with multiple storylines [closed]

Early in my childhood library, I chanced upon some books where at the end of the chapter it had multiple options to chose how one wants the story to proceed indicating page numbers. I don't remember ...
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SF Choose-your-own-adventure ID: Space junks, Darth Vader lookalike, and tentacle monsters

I'm trying to find a "choose-your-own-adventure" type book I read as a kid in the early or mid 1990's in Canada. Here's what I remember: About the book itself Large trade-paperback format, and ...
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Story with a Tyrannosaurus Rex that has an elephant-like trunk

I read this book when I was a pre-teen, definitely before 1988 and probably before 1984, in English, in the USA. I think that the book may have been some sort of "Choose Your Own Adventure" or "Pick ...
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What was the name for a Choose your own adventure style book in space?

It's a Choose your own adventure style book in space. There were certain scenes where you were a tyro in space and you had to train in an antigravity room with other newbies. A scene where you were in ...
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Identify a story about bald, three-fingered future humans

In the 1980s or early 1990s I read a gamebook (probably from the Choose Your Own Adventure series, but possibly a different one) in which the protagonist travels forward in time. In the Earth of the ...
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Late 80's early 90's sci-fi choose your own adventure [duplicate]

There was a choose your own adventure book that I read sometime in the late 80's, early 90's. I live in Northern Virginia, if that helps. Anyway, the story was science fiction - possibly a different ...
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Kids illustrated book about being stranded on an alien planet with multiple choice questions

I've looked before and just spent over an our trawling through Google images, but like the title says: Does anyone remember a book like this? It wasn't a novel, but a series of nice illustrations of ...
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CYOA with a phaser (with kill and stun settings) and an intelligence stat

So, I had a question pop up from a while back about In Star Trek why is there a kill setting on phasers? and it made me remember an offbrand Choose Your Own Adventure book that I read somewhere in the ...
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How do we reach Ultima?

When I was much younger, I was obsessed with a series of books that likely many of you are familiar with: Choose Your Own Adventure. In essence, each book was a self-contained role-playing game with ...
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Trying to find book I read from library about a lone person crash landing on an alien planet

This was a book I loved reading and it was done in the style that you made choices of how to do things and then turn page to see what would happen. It had some beautiful illustrations, but for the ...
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Clock Embeded in Eyelid. Choose Your Own Adventure(?)

I remember reading a story where one of the characters had a digital clock implanted in their eyelid. Everywhere they looked, they could see the time. There were a couple of problems with this. ...
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Story/book identification - Star Wars Choose Your Own Adventure, fighting Boba Fett

I remember very little of it, unfortunately, so following details may not actually be correct. It was a rather thick book, bought in the 90's in London. It had two stories in it, and the one I'm ...
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Children’s books, one in space setting, the other in a jungle

When I was little I remember getting these two books from the library. Both books were paperback and flimsy. The pages were wide. Each book had full page illustrations with puzzles and mazes in ...
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Adventure book with a sword that needed to be reforged and some dwarves, possibly published around 25 years ago

It was an adventure book where the reader could choose various paths for the hero to take (i.e. if you want to do X go to page 20). I remember a sword that needed to be reforged, some dwarves (blatant ...
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Book Identification: Stuck in a Store after Closing

It's a choose your own adventure book, where you are stuck in a department store after closing and have to escape. Toys come to life etc... Published in the UK, probably else where. I do know it's ...
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Identify a short story where a young boy is time-shifted several minutes into the future

Please help me identify this short story of speculative fiction about time travel (or maybe more accurately, time shifting) which I read some time in the late 1980s or early 1990s. I may have some of ...
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