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Item - Westward Expansion



Series: You Choose: Interactive History Adventures
Author: Lassieur, A(llison) L.
Date: January, 2008
ISBNs: 1429613599 / 9781429613590 (hardback)
1429617667 / 9781429617666 (paperback)
Length: 112 pages
Number of Endings: 19
amesgames's Thoughts:

I was hoping this would be a CYOA style western adventure, but it only vaguely was. Unfortunately this book's target audience is clearly grade school kids to a fault. Kid's books can be okay -- sometimes kid's books are charming and written well enough for adults to also enjoy -- but not this book. This is a very shallow read; an adult will likely have the whole thing read in a half hour. The prose and situations here are clearly described with a young child in mind, with little imagination employed. Weirdly for a kid's book, the outcomes are very dark regardless. In the three different story paths I embarked on, every one of them ended with me being shot to death. As I understand it, this series was created as edutainment. Well the only thing I learned in Westward Expansion, was if you went west you got dead.

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Special Thanks:Thanks to Ken G. for the cover scans.
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