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Smoke Jumper

Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) #111
Choose Your Own Adventure (2005-) #29
Alternate Title: Smoke Jumpers (reissue)
Adapted Into: Smoke Jumpers (Graded Reader) (Gamebook)
Author: Montgomery, R. A.
Illustrators: Johnson, Kevin (cover)
Morrill, Leslie (interior)
Louie, Wes (reissue cover)
Peguy, Laurence (reissue interior)
Release Dates: 1991
March, 2009 (reissue)
ISBN: 1933390298 / 9781933390291 (reissue)
Length:116 pages (reissue)
Number of Endings:12
User Summary: You are a smoke jumper (parachuting forestry firefighter) in training in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. You hope to do your bit to fight fires and protect the environment.
Dtar's Thoughts: This book is one extreme of the types of stories you can have in CYOA, in terms of character motive and story possibilities. I'd call this too deep and too narrow. This is almost the exact opposite of Space and Beyond. In this case, the introduction to the character and what they are doing is so long and their goal in the story is so narrow, that I as an adult find it hard to get interested in the story and wonder just how many young readers would maintain interest.

It takes forever for you to start making decisions, (page 11 out of 116) and then if you successfully make the obvious decision there, your next choice (what I'd call your first real choice) is on page 21. Slight spoiler: before reaching that first real choice you hear rumours of something that happened previously where "mysterious Indians came out of nowhere to help fight a fire." Seriously.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to Dtar for the plot summary.
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