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Home in Time for Christmas

Series: Choose Your Own Adventure for Younger Readers #43
Translated Into: El √°rbol de Navidad (Spanish)
Authors: Gilligan, Shannon
Montgomery, R. A.
Illustrators: Schmidt, William (Bill) (cover)
Morrill, Leslie (interior)
Release Date: December, 1987
ISBN: 0553155539 / 9780553155532
Length:49 pages
Number of Endings:5
User Summary: You fall while putting a star on a Christmas tree, then find yourself pulled back in time to 19th century England.
Demian's Thoughts: This is something of an oddity -- it's incredibly brief (even for this series) and holiday-themed, which makes it seem like a rush job intended to cash in on the seasonal market. The story doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but it's over before you have a chance to think about it too hard. Giving the reader an opportunity to see one of the first Christmas trees is a nice touch, but beyond that, there's little of substance here.

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KenJenningsJeopardy74's Thoughts: A Choose Your Own Adventure book about Christmas? The whole premise is totally irresistible!

Husband-and-wife author team R. A. Montgomery and Shannon Gilligan have in this book written some nice riffs on a typical short Christmas story. The plot of Home in Time for Christmas moves with originality and some interesting flair, and seems to be reasonably consistent in the integrity of its internal continuity. I don't mind when Choose Your Own Adventure books depart a bit from perfect continuity within the storyline, but I don't mind when they completely adhere to that continuity, either. Ultimately, I think that while this book isn't going to blow away anyone, it's still a nice (not to mention somewhat rare) Christmas story that I enjoy sharing with the family every Christmas Eve night. Something about having the ability to make one's own decisions within a book is fascinating to me and always has been. Home in Time for Christmas doesn't let one down in this regard.

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