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Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) — no. 134
Translated Into: El secreto de los delfines (Spanish)
Author: Packard, Edward
Illustrators: Huerta, Catherine (cover)
La Padula, Tom (interior)
Date: 1993
ISBN: 0553293001 / 9780553293005
Length: 117 pages
Number of Endings: 11
yangkymyin's Thoughts:

Secret of the Dolphins is a decent book. It's interesting to note that it has an appearance by Dr. Vivaldi, but in this book she's not a dark-haired fox anymore -- She’s a gray old woman, in charge of running a Dolphin Institute in Hawaii which you will you spending the summer at.

I enjoyed the book for Vivaldi, a character I like, but she's not quite as engaging as she has been in other books. The kids that spend the summer with you are even more boring. The dolphins themselves are pretty interesting, but their level of intelligence is a bit unbelievable. The one thing I dislike most about the book is that you never really get to explore the dolphin's city that is shown on the front cover. You catch a glimpse of it, but the dolphins won't let you get very close. I am the kind of reader that enjoys finding the treasure, and I bought the book pretty much for the cover, expecting to find some kind of payload in the dolphin's city. No such luck! There is a cool ending where you get to save a baby dolphin, though, and end up getting saved in return.

Overall, if you’re the kind of person who enjoys "doing the right thing" over getting the treasure, I'm sure you'll like this. If the opposite is true, you may be a bit disappointed. Either way, if you like dolphins, this is one CYOA you'll probably want to try.

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