Saturday, October 1, 2022

"You Choose" Series by Capstone Press

When I was at the public library with a student a few weeks ago, checking out books on Colonial America, I found a choose your own adventure book Colonial America: An Interactive History Adventure by Allison Lassieur.


Today I started reading it with a tutoring client over Zoom and she loved it. She was extremely disappointed when our session was done. So of course I went to see if there were other books in the series. There are quite a few!

And, as I'm working on compiling them, I'm still finding more and more.

Here are some notes. I have tried to put them in order based on when the historical events happened (but without seeing the interior of the books):


Ancient China

by Terry Collins - J 931 COL


Building the Great Wall of China

by Allison Lassieur - J 951 LAS


Ancient Egypt

by Heather Adamson - J 932 ADA
2550 BCE (pyramid builders), mummy makers, Cleopatra


Ancient Greece

by William Caper - J 938 CAP
Athenian, Spartan


Ancient Rome

by Rachael Hanel - J 937 HAN


Life as a Gladiator

by Michael Burgan - J 796 BUR


Could You Escape the Tower of London?

by Blake Hoena


The Middle Ages

by Allison Lassieur - J 940.1 LAS
1100s, 1200s, 1300s


Life as a Knight

by Rachael Hanel - J 940.1 HAN
Crusades, Hundred Years' War, Peasants' War


Life as a Viking

by Allison Lassieur - J 948 LAS


The Golden Age of Pirates

by Bob Temple - J 910.4 TEM
1680s, 1690s, 1710s


Exploring the New World

by Melody Herr - J 970.01 HER
1492 Columbus, 1540 Coronado, 1682 La Salle


The Aztec Empire

by Elizabeth Raum - J 972 RAU


Colonial America

by Allison Lassieur - J 973.2 LAS
1645 Virginia, 1759 Massachusetts, 1774 Pennsylvania


The Salem Witch Trials

by Matt Doeden - J 133.4 DOE


The Boston Massacre

by Elizabeth Raum - J 973.3 RAU
apprentice to a wigmaker, British soldier, John Hancock's maid


The Battle of Bunker Hill

by Michael Burgan - J 973.3 BUR
Patriot soldier, British soldier, Boston civilian


Fighting for Independence

by Blake Hoena - J 973.3 HOE


The Revolutionary War

by Elizabeth Raum - J 973.3 RAU
Patriot spy, Patriot soldier, Loyalist


Spies of the American Revolution

by Elizabeth Raum - J 973.3 RAU


At the Battle of Yorktown

by Eric Mark Braun - J 973.3 BRA


Building a New Nation

by Allison Lassieur


Could You Escape the Paris Catacombs?

by Matt Doeden


The Battle of the Alamo

by Amie Jane Leavitt - J 976.4 LEA


Westward Expansion

by Allison Lassieur - J 978 LAS


The Oregon Trail

by Matt Doeden - J 978.02 DOE


The California Gold Rush

by Elizabeth Raum - J 979.4 RAU


Chinese Immigrants in America

by Kelley Hunsicker - J 973 HUN
mine for gold, build the railroad, settle in San Francisco's Chinatown


Building the Transcontinental Railroad

by Steven Otfinoski - J 385 OTF
Chinese laborer, Irish laborer, engineer for the Central Pacific


The Underground Railroad

by Allison Lassieur - J 973.7 LAS
slave, slave catcher, conductor on the Underground Railroad


The Civil War

by Matt Doeden - J 973.7 DOE
battle of Gettysburg, battle of Chancellorsville, siege of Vicksburg


Spies of the Civil War

by Michael Burgan - J 973.7 BUR


At the Battle of Bull Run

by Eric Mark Braun


At the Battle of the Ironclads

by Matt Doeden


At the Battle of Antietam

by Matt Doeden - J 973.7 DOE


The Story of Juneteenth

by Steven Otfinoski - J 305.8 OTF


Can You Survive the 1865 Sultana Disaster?

by Eric Braun
to be released January 2023


Can You Survive the Schoolchildren's Blizzard? [1888]

by Ailynn Collins - J 977 COL


Can You Survive the Johnstown Flood? [1889]

by Steven Otfinoski - J 974.8 OTF


Can You Survive the 1900 Galveston Hurricane?

by Jessica Gunderson


Can You Survive the Great San Francisco Earthquake? [1906]

by Ailynn Collins - J 979.4 COL


Can You Survive the 1910 Big Burn?

by Ailynn Collins
to be released January 2023


The Child Labor Reform Movement

by Steven Otfinoski - J 331.3 OTF
mill worker, factory worker, newsie


Orphan Trains

by Elizabeth Raum - J 362.7 RAU


Ellis Island

by Michael Burgan - J 304.8 BUR
Russian, Italian, German


German Immigrants in America

by Elizabeth Raum - J 973 RAU
Texas, Dakota Territory, Wisconsin


World War I

by Gwenyth Swain - J 940.3 SWA


Spies of World War I

by Michael Burgan - J 940.4 BUR


The Sinking of the Lusitania

by Steven Otfinoski - J 940.4 OTF


The Titanic

by Bob Temple - J 910.9 TEM


Can You Survive the Titanic?

by Allison Lassieur - J 910.9 LAS


Can You Survive the 1918 Flu Pandemic?

by Matthew Manning
to be released January 2023


Can You Survive the 1925 Tri-State Tornado?

by Matthew Manning
to be released January 2023


Building the Golden Gate Bridge

by Blake Hoena - J 624.2 HOE
bridge designer, laborer


Building the Empire State Building

by Allison Lassieur - J 974.7 LAS
assistant at the architecture firm, construction worker, water boy


The Harlem Renaissance

by Allison Lassieur - J 974.7 LAS
1919, 1920s, 1927


The Great Depression

by Michael Burgan - J 973.91 BUR
march on Washington, ride the rails, become a member of the CCC


The Dust Bowl

by Allison Lassieur - J 978.032 LAS
stay in Kansas, leave for California, work as a government photographer


Could You Escape Alcatraz?

by Eric Mark Braun


WWII

by Elizabeth Raum - J 940.53 RAU
Marine at Pearl Harbor, sailor at D-Day, enlisted man on the "Bismark"


World War II Spies

by Michael Burgan - J 950.54 BUR


Stealing Nazi Secrets in World War II

by Elizabeth Raum - J 940.54 RAU


The Attack on Pearl Harbor

by Allison Lassieur - J 940.54 LAS


World War II Pilots

by Michael Burgan - J 940.54 BUR


World War II Infantrymen

by Steven Otfinoski - J 940.54 OTF


World War II Navy Forces

by Elizabeth Raum - J 940.54 RAU


The World War II Soldiers' Experience

by Michael Burgan, Steven Otfinoski, and Elizabeth Raum - J 940.54


World War II on the Home Front

by Martin William Gitlin


Space Race

by Rebecca Stefoff - J 629.4 STE


The Korean War

by Michael Burgan - J 951.9 BUR


The Race to the Moon

by Allison Lassieur - J 629.4 LAS
scientist, reporter, member of Mission Control


The Civil Rights Movement

by Heather Adamson - J 323.119 ADA


The Voting Rights Act of 1965

by Michael Burgan - J 324.62 BUR


If anyone has any of these titles and can enlighten me more on the years and the starting paths, I would appreciate it. I did my best based on the snippets of information in the reviews. I had great fun reading through them.

Since all the reviews emphasize that these books are great for reluctant readers, I may get some of them for my classroom! They are also all either in the stacks at our local public library or available through interlibrary loan.


UPDATE:
The people at Capstone Press have done a lot with this format. There's a whole Modern-Day Survival series (think, can you survive storm chasing), a Prehistoric Survival series (think, can you survive the Jurassic Period), a Doomsday Survival series (think, can you survive a global blackout), and even Ancient Greek Mythology and Ancient Norse Mythology!


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