Choose Your Own Path: Hercules #Giveaway

by NancyT

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.


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.


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

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1 Austin Baroudi July 7, 2014 at 12:38 am

I didn’t but I totally would now and I’d share them with my daughter!


2 DEBIJOT July 7, 2014 at 10:23 am

I did not read this kind of book while in school. I would share these with my grandson.


3 anne July 7, 2014 at 11:01 am

I would share these books with my grandson.


4 Heather B July 7, 2014 at 6:38 pm

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.


5 Greg Pattridge July 7, 2014 at 9:57 pm

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.


6 Daniel M July 7, 2014 at 10:39 pm

didn’t read these kinda books as a kid and bet my nephew will like


7 Lawanna July 7, 2014 at 11:18 pm

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.


8 Cindy Brooks July 8, 2014 at 1:33 am

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.


9 amanda hardesty July 8, 2014 at 3:07 am

I didn’t read most of them but have 3 kids who would love them!


10 Terra Heck July 8, 2014 at 8:28 am

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


11 Kristie July 8, 2014 at 11:29 am

I enjoyed these kinds of books as a kid and I’m sure my kids would love them too! :-)


12 Liz July 8, 2014 at 1:34 pm

I’ve only read Call of the Wild. My daughter has read a few of these and would LOVE this series!


13 Angela Saver July 8, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Yes, I did read these kinds of books growing up & I would love to share this with my nephew!


14 YvonneJ July 9, 2014 at 12:31 am

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.


15 Susan Smith July 9, 2014 at 3:39 pm

I didn’t read these kinda books as a kid but I’m sure my son will like them.


16 Staci A July 9, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Yes, and my 9 yo son would love them!


17 Misha Estrada July 10, 2014 at 5:25 pm

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


18 Jesse S July 11, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Choose your own adventure books were the best!!! My kiddos would love these :)


19 Annmarie W. July 13, 2014 at 10:24 am

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!


20 Melissa Picone July 19, 2014 at 6:36 am

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.


21 Tammy Gordon July 19, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Yes, I’d love to share these with my daughter.


22 Anita Yancey July 19, 2014 at 5:35 pm

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.


23 Sarah July 19, 2014 at 9:46 pm

I read a lot of this type of book as a kid. Thanks for the chance to win!


24 jenn huey July 20, 2014 at 12:19 am

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


25 D Schmidt July 20, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I did read this type of book as a child, I would love to win for my oldest son.


26 Debbie Welchert July 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm

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.


27 vickie couturier July 20, 2014 at 2:34 pm

yes I did and my grandsons would love to read these too


28 Liza Vladyka July 20, 2014 at 3:16 pm

i dont think i read but my son <3 them


29 Kim July 20, 2014 at 6:52 pm

I definitely read these as a kid, and would love to introduce them to my younger cousins!


30 Seyma Shabbir July 20, 2014 at 11:48 pm

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.


31 Lynn July 21, 2014 at 7:14 pm

“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!


32 Christine L. July 23, 2014 at 3:56 pm

I did read a few of the CYOA books as a kid. I’d share these with my nieces!


33 Crystal Rose July 23, 2014 at 9:23 pm

I loved choose your own adventure books when I was a kid. I would share these with my daughter.


34 Sarah July 24, 2014 at 5:33 pm

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.


35 K. Finn July 26, 2014 at 5:00 am

I read these books as a kid. I would like to share these with a girl I mentor reading to.


36 Cindy Brooks July 28, 2014 at 3:13 am

Thank you so much! I’m excited to give these to Legend! I sent you my information.


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