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The Best Choose-your-own Stories Kids Books

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Tara Takes the Stage
Written & illustrated by Tamsin Lane
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

There are many ways this story can go. YOU decide what happens next. And if you don’t like how it ends? Just start again! The Yes No Maybe So series is an interactive reading experience about friendships, family, and all the feelings. Every day before and after school, Tara Singh helps her parents at their Indian sweet shop, but the only business Tara is interested in is show business. When a local theater announces a casting call for The Wizard of Oz, Tara is determined to wear the ruby slippers. As she prepares for the audition, Tara is distracted by some unexpected drama: There is Rohan, the delivery boy her parents hired. Hiro, her forever crush, who wants to rehearse with her. And Desmond, a shy theater nerd who has started lighting up her heart. Can Tara win the part and get the guy? You have the power to choose what happens…and the chance to choose differently next time!

Yael and the Party of the Year
Written & illustrated by Tamsin Lane
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

There are many ways this story can go. YOU decide what happens next. And if you don’t like how it ends? Just start again! The Yes No Maybe So series is an interactive reading experience about friendships, family, and all the feelings. Yael Lewis is dreading her bat mitzvah. Her loving but clueless mother insists on throwing an epic birthday extravaganza, even though Yael hates the spotlight. Despite herself, Yael is excited when her crush Cam accepts the invitation. But then she meets Gabriel, the emcee’s son, whose chill attitude makes her rethink the party plans. Thank goodness her old friend Eli will be there to keep her steady, even though he’s returned from camping a little bit different. Will Yael’s party be the best…or a bust? You have the power to choose what happens…and the chance to choose differently next time!

Crypt Quest/Space Battles
Written by Gabe Soria & illustrated by Kendall Hale
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-14

After entering an abandoned mall, readers must pick to play one of two games and their choices will determine if they beat the game or die.

Dungeons & Dragons: Escape the Underdark: An Endless Quest Book
Written by Matt Forbeck
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

You awaken in an underground cell, stripped of your armor and your sword. Your fellow prisoners inform you that you’re trapped in the Underdark, soon to be taken to the great drow city of Menzoberranzan and sold off as a slave. But word is that demons are stirring in the underworld’s depth. Perhaps you can use that to break free, fighter.

Case Closed #1: Mystery in the Mansion
Written by Lauren Magaziner
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Choose-your-own-adventure and puzzle-packed mystery collide in the first book in Lauren Magaziner’s new hilarious and high-stakes middle grade series in which the reader must help Carlos and his friends put together the clues to save his mom’s detective agency.

In this wildly entertaining and interactive adventure, YOU pick which suspects to interview, which questions to ask, and which clues to follow. You pick the path—you crack the case!

Carlos Serrano has never solved a mystery in his life. But when Carlos’s mom gets sick with a nasty flu on the morning of an investigation that could save her failing detective agency, Carlos takes on the case.

With the help of his best friend, Eliza, and her wild little brother, Frank, Carlos must uncover a mystery involving an eccentric local millionaire, anonymous death threats, and a buried treasure. But with tricky riddles, cagey suspects, hidden secrets, and dozens of impossible choices, they need your help!

Can you help Carlos and his friends find the culprit and save Las Pistas Detective Agency? Or will it be case closed?

  • Could You Escape a Deserted Island? - Could you escape a deserted island? You became the hero of your adventure the moment you washed ashore. Will your choices lead to rescue, or being marooned forever?

  • Could You Escape Alcatraz? - Could you escape Alcatraz? You became the hero of your own adventure the moment you set foot on The Rock. Will your choices lead to escape, or will you be locked up forever?

  • Could You Escape the Paris Catacombs? - Could you escape the Paris Catacombs? You became the hero of your own adventure the moment you stepped underground. Will you escape the skeletal maze, or be trapped with the ghosts of France forever?

  • What's Going On Here? - In this Tell-Your-Own-Tale book, flip the die-cut pages to mix and match stories, creating countless scrambled characters and funny questions. Each new combination makes a new story! Answer the mixed-up questions, or let the characters inspire your own imaginative story. This one-of-a-kind book will leave young readers giggling, wondering, and telling their own unique tales.

The Great Spy Showdown
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The Boxcar Children are putting their sleuthing skills to the test in a spy competition. Can you help them take the top prize? In this interactive, choose-your-path mystery, readers will help the Aldens make decisions that will either lead them to victory or blow their cover.

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
Written & illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Fourteen black-and-white drawings, each accompanied by a title and a caption, entice readers to make up his or her own story.

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