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Item - The Treasure of the Onyx Dragon

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(ChooseCo reissue edition)

Combined Summary

Series: Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) — no. 105
Choose Your Own Adventure (2005-) — no. 37
Alternate Title: Pirate Treasure of the Onyx Dragon (reissue)
Translated Into: El tesoro del dragón de ónice (Spanish)
El tresor del drac d'ònix (Catalan)
Adapted Into: The Treasure of the Onyx Dragon (Graded Reader) (Gamebook)
Author: Gilligan, Alison
Illustrators: Utomo, Gabhor (ChooseCo reissue edition)
Huerta, Catherine (Original edition - cover)
Morrill, Leslie (Original edition - interior)
Dates: August, 1990 (Original edition)
September 30, 2011 (ChooseCo reissue edition)
ISBNs: 0553286102 / 9780553286106 (Original edition)
1933390999 / 9781933390994 (ChooseCo reissue edition)
Length: 129 pages (ChooseCo reissue edition)
Number of Endings: 14
User Summary: You and your sister Hannah live in Egypt during the school year while working on archaeological digs. In the summer, you visit your aunt Lydia in the Pacific Northwest. One summer, you discover a piece of a diary left by your father, who went missing several years ago. The diary refers to a sunken ship and the treasure it carried. Your Aunt Lydia tries to keep you and Hannah from investigating, but to no avail....
Guillermo's Thoughts:

(Review based on the Chooseco edition.)

There is no single, overarching plot to this book that I could discern; the story goes into very different directions depending on the route the reader chooses to take (with several of them not being even related to the treasure mentioned in the title). As seems to be typical of the CYOA series at this point in the Bantam release order, the sections of text are somewhat long, and all the paths end after two or three choices. These features do not make the book a bad one - Alison Gilligan proves to be quite an entertaining writer, and the length of the book (about 15 pages more than a typical CYOA entry) prevents the endings from feeling as abrupt as those in R. A. Montgomery's Silver Wings. Gameplay can be quite challenging as well. The artwork by Gabhor Utomo in the Chooseco edition is excellent (way above a lot of the crap that ended up gracing many of the CYOA reissues). Overall, this is definitely a good entry in the series.

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Stockton's Thoughts:

Although the author's writing style didn't really agree with me, this is still a good book. The story is engaging and worth reading, even though I must say the spy and crime elements were a little out of place. Overall, however, I concur with stonemason's assessment.

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stonemason's Thoughts:

This is a good, internally consistent adventure. Rather than revealing the same back story each time, though, it reveals different facets of the plot with each read. In this respect it reminds me of Danger at Anchor Mine (the 49th book in this series). Definitely a good book.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to Mason Green for the plot summary.
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