Choose Your Own Adventure for a New Generation of Readers!


Choose Your Own Adventure for a New Generation of Readers!

Review of the ‘You Choose’ series

Written by George Ivanoff. Illustrated by James Hart.

Publisher: Random House Australia

Age Range: Middle Primary

Themes: adventure, action, magic, mystery, choose your own adventure.

In my early teens I was a big fan of Choose Your Own Adventure books and read them over and over to ensure I read every possible combination of story. Choose Your Own Adventure books were one of the biggest success stories (excuse the pun) of the 1980s and they can still be purchased online or in plenty of op-shops and second-hand bookstores.

So I was BESIDE MYSELF to see that Melbourne author, George Ivanoff, has started writing a series called ‘You Choose’, which is aimed at middle primary readers who love adventure with side serves of danger, magic and treasure. The books are fast paced, well written and place the reader smack bang in the middle of the action and able to make all the decisions about where to next. Young readers who love a good adventure/action series will love reading the ‘You Choose’ series once, twice and a third time, and I can also think of several reluctant readers who will be totally engaged.

I also love a book with a good dedication; I am as obsessed with book dedications as I am with picture book endpapers. ‘You Choose: Mayhem at Magic School’ is dedicated, ‘For the real Grandma Gwen, Matriarch of the Coffee Clan’. As a lover of good coffee myself, and with parents who have a firmly established Coffee Clan, this is now my favourite book dedication of the year thus far.

To add these books to your home, school or library collection, click on cover images below to purchase through Australia’s Booktopia, or visit Book Depository, Amazon or your local independent bookstore. the-treasure-of-dead-man-s-cove mayhem-at-magic-schoolmaze-of-doomthe-haunting-of-spook-house

If you’re looking for more adventure books, one of my most popular posts is still ‘Top Ten Pirate Books’ here and ‘Top Twenty Pirate costumes’ (and books!) post here.


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