Before there were video games there were Choose Your Own Adventure books.
I remember the thrill I got as a kid coming to the end of a chapter and having to decide, do I go down the shadowy path (turn to page 25), or knock on the heavy oak door (turn to page 56). There was something delightfully delicious about being able to choose how the story would turn out.
I am happy to say that even with modern computer adventure games Choose Your Own Adventure books are still popular. Now readers have a variety of adventure options in both the fiction and informational sections.
Choose Your Own Adventure
THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN
By R. A Montgomery
This is the classic series that you may have read as a child. Still kind of silly, but guaranteed to be fun.The library has over 30 different titles in this series, including some featuring popular super heroes.
Choose Your Own Adventure JR.
By R.A. Montgomery
This is a version of the original series for a younger (2nd-3rd grade) reader. It is even more silly, and has fun cartoonish illustrations.
Interactive History Adventure
By Terry Collins
Do you have a kid who loves the I Survived series? This is an informational series that has interactive adventures based on real historic events. The library has more than 50 titles in this series, but they are scattered throughout the informational section. The best way to find them is to type “interactive history adventure” in the search box in the online catalog.
CRYPT QUEST/SPACE BATTLES
By Gabriel Soria
When some kids get trapped in a haunted 80's era video arcade, the Midnight Arcade, they must play their way out of danger, ultimately controlling whether they live . . . or die! This is a new series in the Choose Your Own format. The second in the series comes out in September.