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Item - Track of the Bear

(Original edition)
(Original version, book fair edition)

Combined Summary

Series: 1000 Gefahren — no. 40
Choose Your Own Adventure (1979-1998) — no. 83
Translated Into: Die Spur des Bären (German)
Author: Montgomery, R. A.
Illustrators: Huerta, Catherine (Original edition - cover, Original version, book fair edition - cover)
Bolle, Frank (Original edition - interior, Original version, book fair edition - interior)
Dates: September, 1988 (Original edition)
March, 2005 (German edition)
ISBN: 055327533X / 9780553275339 (Original edition)
Length: 113 pages (Original edition, Original version, book fair edition)
Number of Endings: 15
User Summary: You are the descendent of a long-lost Arctic explorer, and when you hear that a movie is going to be made about his more famous and successful rival, you decide that it's time to find out what really happened all those years ago....
Demian's Thoughts:

This was something of a surprise. After two books that consisted almost entirely of disjointed random events, I was shocked to run across a book with a consistent and fully-developed plot. I was even more startled to find such a book coming from R. A. Montgomery, an author not generally known for being satisfied with just one storyline at a time. While I found the book to be rather seriously flawed by its sometimes less than likeable characters and its over-the-top good-guy/bad-guy rivalry, it really is refreshing once in a while to read through a book which actually makes an effort to answer most of the questions that it raises. Although it's not as impressive an accomplishment as Danger at Anchor Mine (another solidly plot-oriented Choose Your Own Adventure), it's still a mostly satisfying work and an interesting departure for its author.

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KenJenningsJeopardy74's Thoughts:

I found the entire scope of this book fascinating. Perfection of pacing and subtlety of suspense are continuous allies of this remarkable R. A. Montgomery entry. It is a story packed with exciting adventure, very interesting history, surprising spots of humor when one least expects it, and a rock-solid underlying plot that never betrays itself. The story requires genuine thought to follow one's choices through to a truly good end, and it is sure to be an entertaining read no matter how many times one goes through it. This represents some of the finest work to come from the pen of R. A. Montgomery that I have read; it is truly a work of significant imaginative power, and I surely am glad to own it.

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Known Editions

German edition
Original edition
Original version, book fair edition

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