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Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) — no. 164
Translated Into: Noche de terror (Spanish)
Author: Packard, Edward
Illustrators: Mangiat, Jeff (cover)
Bolle, Frank (interior)
Date: 1995
Stockton's Thoughts:

This book, the penultimate appearance of Daredevil Park in this series, is excellent. Although the original story that shares the fictional theme park's name is similar and quite good as well, this version is better. It doesn't share the page flipping that characterized the first book and the darker, more violent plot also makes it more interesting. Fright Night, I think, is among the most enjoyable CYOA books.

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yunakitty's Thoughts:

This book was reminiscent of Give Yourself Goosebumps (the first book about the Haunted Carnival) to me, without the randomness. There is good internal cohesion. There are some very scary moments in the book, and not the supernatural kind that you can dismiss with "Well, that's unrealistic." Think getting stuck in a building that's full of rotting pigeon carcasses (a good sign that no one checks the place very often. Or getting mixed up in a bribery scheme with some very nasty players. Or mechanical accidents on rides (there are at least three in the book!). Very fun book with good writing (Edward Packard never disappoints!). It also loops back into itself well so that it's possible to read a full quarter of the book without circling back to the same thing or getting an ending.

There is an error in the book. It's on page 20-something, in the story arc about the roller coaster. It says "Turn to page 57" but you actually need to turn to 52. Otherwise, you will be very confused!

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