If You Are Sad, Turn To Page 21: Inventor And Author Of Choose Your Own Adventure Series Died

November 17, 2014


Inventor, writer and publisher of the Choose Your Own Adventure series, R.A. Montgomery died on November 9th at the age of 78. Montgomery was best known for making reading fun for millions of young readers, myself included. I remember choosing so many adventures growing up. Usually the ones that got me killed as soon as possible. I am a poor decision maker. Eventually, I learned to draw charts outlining all the different decision trees and where they took me so I could beat the system. "So..." That's right -- I used to cheat at reading. Rest in peace, Mr. Montgomery.

Thanks to Palvo, Charlotte M and Slade, who are great decision makers and always got the best outcomes. Lucky.

  • Yeah, RIP, Montgomery had a huge impact on my childhood. On a side note, he didn't invent CYOA, the idea originated with Edward Packard who first published Sugarcane Island and then took that book to Montgomery who then saw the potential and ran with it for the CYOA series. Still, though, instrumental in making a generation's reading so much more fun!

  • Jan Bergström
  • kevin

    Straight up did so much for literacy in elementary schools in my area.

  • The_Wretched

    I once tried to map one of these...It didn't work.

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    I loved those books. What a legend. I remember me and my friend Mike playing one beginning to end while camping out aged about 11. Good times.

  • Kg3

    Looks like RA Montgomery finally choose the wrong page to turn to!

    RIP good sir, these books made reading a blast growing up and finely tuned my mind to be ready for endless hours of RPGs and practical troubleshooting/debugging as well!

  • Jenness

    I loved these books! RIP Mr (or is it Ms?) Montgomery.

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