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Author: Eric Braun
Illustrator: Mariano Epelbaum
Publisher: Capstone: Capstone Young Readers
Published: September 1st, 2015
This isn’t a typical book, as the series title suggests, this is one where the reader is given a series of choices about what happens next and, depending on their choice, a different ending may happen every time you read it. There are actually 46 choices and 22 different endings in this book which initially lets the reader choose to be “modern day city kid walking through a large city park”. “a child caught in a terrible war” or “be a futuristic age working against an evil corporation”. Other choices follow on and many different stories are thus possible from the same book. Some endings are happy, some traumatic, some sad. The book is well illustrated throughout, with colourful images reflecting the accompanying text.
This is a great book to have fun exploring but I wouldn’t want to give it to younger readers to do this on their own as many of the stories are quite dark so adults really need to check it out to see if it is appropriate for children in their care. It could be used to promote discussions about the possible results of choices and the options available. As a teacher, I have used similar books in class with children discussing and voting on which choice to make as we shared reading and exploring the story. They are great for developing speaking and listening skills as well as reading and being an entertaining read but I would be reluctant to do that with this book because of some of the possible events and conclusions.
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.