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Works by Edward Packard

The Cave of Time (Choose Your Own Adventure, #1) (1979) — Author — 593 copies
The Mystery of Chimney Rock (1979) 403 copies
Who Killed Harlowe Thrombey? (1981) 309 copies
Your Code Name Is Jonah (1980) 293 copies
The Third Planet from Altair (1980) — Author — 284 copies
Inside UFO 54-40 (1982) 270 copies
The Forbidden Castle (1982) 254 copies
Deadwood City (1980) 253 copies
Underground Kingdom (1983) — Author — 171 copies
Survival at Sea (1982) 150 copies
Hyperspace (1983) 148 copies
Supercomputer (1984) 130 copies
Ghost Hunter (1986) 129 copies
Return to the Cave of Time (1985) 127 copies
The War Between the Twins (1990) 126 copies
Help! You're Shrinking (1983) 119 copies
Sugarcane Island (1976) 112 copies
Mountain Survival (1984) — Author — 103 copies
Big Numbers (2000) 77 copies
Sunken Treasure (1982) — Author — 76 copies
The Perfect Planet (1988) 76 copies
Dinosaur Island (1993) 75 copies
The Circus (1981) 74 copies
Space Vampire (1987) 73 copies
You Are a Shark (1985) 67 copies
The Worst Day of Your Life (1990) 65 copies
Gorga the Space Monster (1982) 63 copies
You Are a Monster (1988) 54 copies
Through the Black Hole (1990) 53 copies
Superbike (1992) 48 copies
Soccer Star (1994) 46 copies
Secret of the Dolphins (1993) 44 copies
Magic Master (1992) 43 copies
You are a Genius (1989) 41 copies
Vampire Invaders (1991) 38 copies
Invaders from Within (1991) 37 copies
Mutiny in Space (1989) 37 copies
Night of the Werewolf (1995) 35 copies
Kidnapped! (1991) 34 copies
Imagining the Universe (1994) 33 copies
The Reality Machine (1993) 33 copies
Skateboard Champion (1991) 30 copies
Dream Trips (1983) 29 copies
You are a Superstar (1989) 29 copies
Who Are You? (1994) 27 copies
Typhoon! (1995) 26 copies
Viking Raiders (1992) 26 copies
Roller Star (1993) 24 copies
You Are Microscopic (1992) 23 copies
Beware the Snake's Venom (1995) 21 copies
Sky-Jam! (1995) 19 copies
Faster Than Light (1991) 18 copies
Tenopia Island (1986) 18 copies
Mayday! (1998) 17 copies
Greed, Guns, and Gold (1996) 16 copies
Comet Crash (1994) 16 copies
River of No Return (1997) 16 copies
Fugitive (1998) 15 copies
The Computer Takeover (1995) 15 copies
You Are An Alien (1995) 14 copies
Hostage! (1996) 13 copies
Horror House (1993) 13 copies
Fright Night (1995) 12 copies
Alien Invaders (1991) 11 copies
The Haunted Baby (1997) 10 copies
The Fiber People (1991) 8 copies
Fire on Ice (1997) 8 copies
The Planet Eater (1992) 7 copies
Castle Of Frome (1986) 6 copies
The Power Dome (1996) 6 copies
Space Fortress (1991) 6 copies
Hoy Es Tu Dia De Suerte! (1993) 3 copies
Atrapados en el futuro (1997) 3 copies
ESP McGee (1983) 3 copies
Superordinador (1986) 2 copies
Katastrophentag (2006) 2 copies
el circo 2 copies
La teva clau És Jonàs (1984) 2 copies
Canasta triple (1997) 1 copy
Ovni 54·40 1 copy
Noche de terror (1996) 1 copy
¡Rehenes! (1997) 1 copy
T'Estàs encongint (1985) 1 copy
Jsi pøíšera (1991) 1 copy
La ‰caverna del tempo (1987) 1 copy
Campio de monopati, el (1993) 1 copy
Eres un genio (1995) 1 copy
El castillo de Frome (1987) 1 copy
El vampiro del espacio (1995) 1 copy
Seres microscópicos (1994) 1 copy

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The Swiss Family Robinson (1812) — Introduction, some editions — 8,818 copies

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Deadwood City is a very decent entry in the CYOA series, and makes some interesting choices with the second-person narrative. Books in the series tend to switch back and forth between portraying the reader in illustrations as an adult and as a child, and this one chooses to incorporate the latter in a (somewhat) realistic historical setting. Edward Packard has avoided time caves and space travel this time, with the reader simply riding a lone horse into the book's titular town.

It's also interesting that the illustrations chose to feature a young girl in the role instead of a boy, seeking out jobs as a cattle rancher, stagecoach guard, or outlaw. This isn't that unusual for the western genre, but it is always encouraging to find children's authors willing to step outside of traditional gender roles.

Finally, Packard does a commendable job at maintaining a good/bad ending balance with plenty of "dead" ends, but without having any of those reader demises involve being shot. While there is gunplay, and the occasional vague implication of a shooting death, the vast majority of endings involve the reader moving on with their lives and settling down. Acknowledging the existence and use of guns without playing into the exploitation of gun violence is a fine tightrope walk.
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smichaelwilson | Aug 4, 2023 |
Something about a series... I simply had to read them all. Dad used to pick them up at rummage sales, and I'd get a dozen used copies (individually wrapped) at christmas. I still remember packing up my childhood belongings and convincing myself to donate these old books. But somewhere in a box in his basement, I kept this, #1, for the memories.
 
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Kiramke | 11 other reviews | Jun 27, 2023 |
Another science fiction entry into the Choose Your Own Adventure series, which only makes sense when you're trying to provide dozens of different possible outcomes.

The storyline and possible endings feel far more thought-out and mature than previous efforts of Space and Beyond or Your Code Name is Jonah, and the "negative" endings feature fewer deaths in favor of more vague, open-ending "You Are Screwed" endings. Less overt death, more existential dread.
 
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