Fresh Approaches: Noteworthy New Editions and Reissues

In case you didn’t know, Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) is back. (School Library Journal)

The CYOA books allow middle graders to experiment with nonlinear storytelling, “a developmental step that some kids need.” Choice-points in the stories force youngsters to visualize and mull over plot possibilities, letting them take control of the reading experience. Individual volumes in this versatile series treat many different themes, take numerous approaches, and incorporate varying levels of complexity, making the titles suited to a wide audience. Sure-fire successes with reluctant readers, the books can also encourage youngsters who have the skills but have stopped short to move “past their point of resistance.” And of course, more accomplished readers love them too.