Book Review: The Misadventure of Bolingbroke Manor by Ellie Firestone

Title/ The Misadventure of Bolingbroke Manor: An interactive ghost hunting adventure / Author/ Ellie Firestone / Publisher/ Two Fish Press / Publishing Date/ May 2013  / Pages/41  / Recommended Ages/ Middle Grades


26251261When I was a teen, role playing games fused with popular literature in the form of choose you own adventure books. Read the passage and choose where to go next. Eight out of the ten scenarios resulted with your journey ending and you would have to start over. Years later my son found them at the school book fair and I was off on more adventures. CYOA books have come into their own with ebooks and clickable links making choosing far more interactive.

In this story you and two of your friends visit the spooky Bolingbroke Manor to go on a ghost hunt. What follows next depends on what you choose. You can defeat the ghost and live or get caught by the ghost and need to start all over again. The adventures in this book are simple and cover only a few pages each so a determined reader could conceivably enjoy many of the fast paced adventures in a single setting. Personally, I would prefer them to be a little more complex as these types of books are a great way to teach children critical thinking skills, but the adventures are all quite entertaining.

I would recommend this book for elementary kids ages 8 and up. Younger children will probably enjoy being partnered with a stronger reader as part of choice making team. It could also be fun for older kids to work together in a group to decide the path the group should take.

This Bookworm awards “The Misadventure of Bolingbroke Manor: An interactive ghost hunting adventure” 4 Tomes

4 stars

Goodreads Summary: You and your two friends are on a ghost hunting trip at Bolingbroke Manor, an old and reputably haunted mansion. But do you have what it takes to defeat the ghost, and, more importantly, get out alive?

Click on the links to make your decisions and save the day with this fast-paced interactive adventure!

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