Journey Under the Sea by R. A. Montgomery is one of the Choose Your Own Adventure books. These adventures  use a special kind of storytelling that can be fun and engaging. They allow the reader to choose different routes to come to an ending. Children who are age 11 and above will most likely enjoy this book, especially boys. In the book the reader becomes the main character and makes choices that determine the plotline.  In other words, imagine that “you” are traveling under the sea in a fictional journey.

The reader is instantly captivated by an adventure under the sea. The journey takes you through an exploration of the ocean floor where your choices may lead you to encounter a giant squid or deadly sharks. A series of choices may abruptly end your adventure. A different series of choices may lead you to discover the lost city of Atlantis. You might come across strangers with gills or get vaporized by a laser beam from the enemies of Atlantis. Beware there are 42 possible endings.

The book is a fun read for young readers because it allows a person to skip around and learn from mistakes. The series is ideal for those who are seeking adventure and enjoy the possibility of alternative endings.

This book is fiction and I would encourage parents to discuss with their children the difference between myths and truth. In the book, there is an encounter with a shark. In another sequence the main character, the reader, cannot resurface. Such experiences may frighten very young readers. Parents please, remind your younger readers that the book is fiction and the story is not true.

Journey Under the Sea may inspire children to learn more about the world under the waters of the ocean and may give parents and children the desire to visit an aquarium and learn more there about the world under the sea. In addition to this book, there are several other Choose Your Own Adventure books. FYI, some of these books contain monsters, ghosts, and haunted houses. So, please look at the books when helping your child choose one of them.

Journey Under the Sea has 108 pages and is illustrated by Sittisan Sundaravej and Kriangsak Thongmoon.

Kristina O’Brien is a mother of twin girls, an avid reader, and credentialed teacher. She has taught both middle school and high school history. She is currently a stay-at-home mom and enjoys raising her two girls.

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