Choose Your Own Path: Hercules #Giveaway

Were you a child of the 80s?  Did you love Choose Your Own Adventure books?  I know I sure did, and when my fifth grader mentioned he had read one at school and really liked it, it brought back fond memories.  I loved that the book didn’t end only one way, and you never knew where your choices would lead you.

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Greek Mythology’s Twelve Labors of Hercules, adapted by Brandon Terrell, is one of several books in the Choose Your Path series in which classic novels are turned into a new story where the reader must decide how the story will proceed. It begins with the main character (you) hiding from a bully in the school library, where you notice dusty versions of classic books, one of which is vibrating.  You must make the first of many decisions – take the book from the shelf, or ignore it and continue hiding?  As you make your way through the story as Hercules on his twelve labors, it’s not always clear which is the best option and which will lead you to death.

These books are a great way to introduce classic literature to middle graders and my son loved the Hercules aspect. The deaths can be a bit gruesome, as Hercules’s labors were intentionally difficult and dangerous, but most readers will not be bothered by them.

For a peek into another book in the series, click over to Jennifer’s review of Call of the Wild on our sister site, 5 Minutes for Books.

ABOUT THE BOOK

The goddess Hera is out to destroy you. Your only hope is to gain immortality, which can be done by completing twelve perilous labors. You are the mighty Hercules. You must use your super-strength to defeat the many-headed Hydra, to escape from an angry giant, and to complete ten other amazing feats. Do you have the power and the cunning to succeed, or will your battles with mythical creatures lead to your doom? Step into this adventure, and choose your path. But choose wisely, or else…

Win it!  One lucky winner will receive the following prize package of Choose Your Path middle grade books:

  • Alexandre Dumas’s Three Musketeers
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Greek Mythology’s Adventures of Perseus
  • Greek Mythology’s Twelve Labors of Hercules
  • H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines
  • Howard Pyle’s Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Jack London’s Call of the Wild
  • Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Comments

  1. Heather B says

    I loved these kind of books when I was younger. My son who will be 13 on Wednesday is very into them now, my 10 year old daughter as well.

  2. says

    I did read these as a kid and used them in my classroom. This classics series sounds great. I have many reluctant readers in my life that I work with who would find these books appealing.

  3. Lawanna says

    I *loved* Choose Your Own Adventure books as a kid. And I’d often go back and pick a different path. I think all the kids would like these.

  4. Cindy Brooks says

    I don’t remember any books like this when I was growing up (it was a looong time ago!). I’d love to share them with our grandson who is a 6th grader.

  5. Terra Heck says

    I read some of these books as a kid. I’d love to win for my youngest step-daughter. Thanks.

  6. YvonneJ says

    I think that I knew that this type of book existed but I’ve never actually seen/read one. They really sound like books that I would share with the children at the library where I work.

  7. Misha Estrada says

    I didn’t read these kinds of books when I was a kid. I think my son would like these books.

  8. Annmarie W. says

    I loved this kind of book when I was a kid…but I don’t remember there being a lot of them out there. I know that my son would love them now!

  9. Melissa Picone says

    I honestly can’t remember what I read as a kid. However, there is nothing like going on a great adventure while reading a book.

  10. Anita Yancey says

    I did not read these kinds of books as a kid. But I would like to share them with my daughter, she likes to read all kinds of books. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  11. jenn huey says

    I do remember reading these; the ones I read were called, I think, choose your ending. I loved them and I think my young nephews will love them as well

  12. Debbie Welchert says

    I never read any of these books when I was a kid and wished I had. I would love to share these with my grandsons.

  13. Seyma Shabbir says

    I remember reading these kinds of books as a kid. It was awesome to follow a path and the story changes. I would love my sons to read these.

  14. Lynn says

    “Choose Your Own Ending” books are very popular with our students, and these would go into our school library so many students would have access to them. Thank you for this offer!

  15. Sarah says

    I loved this kind of book as a child. There just aren’t enough out there. I would love to share this book with my middle schooler who LOVES anything related to mythology.

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