“Choose Your Own Adventure” Creator R.A. Montgomery Dead at 78

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Every adventure has to end sometime:R.A. Montgomery, the author and

publisher who launched theChoose Your Own Adventureseries that got a

generation of '80s kids hooked on reading, died Sundayat his home in

Vermont. He was 78.

A cause of death hasn't been made public.

Montgomery createdChoose Your Own Adventurein 1977 when he spun Edward

Packard's interactive kids' story,Sugarcane Island, into a concept for

an entire series.

He started publishing the books with Bantam 2 years later.

The series has now expanded to 230 books, selling a total of 250

million copies worldwide.

Although Montgomery eventually brought on other writers, he initially

split theCYOAwriting duties evenly with Packard.

Starting with book #2, Journey Under the Sea, he went on to write more

than 50 books forChoose Your Own Adventure and its various spin offs.

In 2003, Montgomery founded a company called ChooseCo to revive the

series and reprint several of the original adventures. His final book,

Gus vs. the Robot King, about a kid who's jealous of a robot sidekick,

came out in September.

He's survived by his wife, co-author and ChooseCo cofounder, Shannon Gilligan.

Credit: Gawker

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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