You Choose

A series of interactive novels for the highly adventurous. Read if you dare! Mistakes will cost you dearly!

YOU CHOOSE is a series of interactive books where the reader gets to make key decisions about how the story progresses. Numerous intertwining story paths and a plethora of different endings (many of them resulting in certain death), combined with a variety of genres and an odd assortment of really weird characters should provide a roller-coaster ride of a reading adventure.

Although aimed at mid to upper primary level, these books can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Each book is a stand-alone story. They do not need to be read in any particular order.

The covers and internal illustrations are by the wonderfully talented James Hart.

Book 1: The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove

WINNER: 2015 YABBA, Fiction for Younger Readers
WINNER: 2015 YABBA, Fiction for Younger Readers

Wealth beyond your wildest dreams or deadly pirate’s curse!

You find an old treasure map while holidaying in a secluded seaside town. Could it be real, or is it someone’s idea of a joke? You set off to follow the map and find out. There is an actual treasure hidden by pirates over a hundred years ago . . . but all sorts of booby traps have been left behind to keep it safe.

Will you uncover the treasure of Dead Man’s Cove or will you be destined for doom?

You Choose 1: The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove
ISBN: 9780857983831
Published by Penguin Random House Australia in May 2014.

YouChoose01_The Treasure of Dead Man's Cove

Book 2: Mayhem at Magic School

Supreme ruler of the world or misfortune for life!

You are an ordinary kid . . . or so you think. Strange things start to happen. You make a rabbit appear from underneath your teacher’s hat. Then you dream about a mystical diamond and a mysterious old woman with long white hair . . .

It turns out you have magical powers. Do you try to keep your talents hidden or do you go off to Magic School?

You Choose 2: Mayhem at Magic School
ISBN: 9780857983848
Published by Penguin Random House Australia in May 2014.

YouChoose02_Mayhem at Magic School

Book 3: Maze of Doom

Master of the maze or eternity in a nightmare labyrinth!

You decide to try the lame-looking Maze of Doom at the fun fair. But once inside, you realise that this is no ordinary amusement. The maze is massive and there are traps and mysterious creatures at every turn. Then you come across an old fortune-telling machine, which predicts an eerie future . . .

Will you discover the maze’s secrets and riches, or will you be trapped inside forever?

You Choose 3: Maze of Doom
ISBN: 9780857983855
Published by Penguin Random House Australia in July 2014.

YouChoose03_Maze of Doom

Book 4: The Haunting of Spook House

Ghost hunter extraordinaire or lost soul forever!

You’ve heard spooky stories about the old house on the hill in your street. It’s been said that a man was found mummified inside the house long ago. Your friends dare you to go inside and investigate. Do you really believe that it’s haunted? There’s only one way to find out . . .

This could be your chance to be a hero. Do you change the course of history or do you meet a ghostly fate?

You Choose 4: The Haunting of Spook House
ISBN: 9780857983862
Published by Penguin Random House Australia in July 2014.

YouChoose04_The Haunting of Spook House

Book 5: Night of the Creepy Carnival

A spectacle of wonders or life as a mindless clown slave!

You are excited to check out the new carnival in town. But as soon as you arrive, the creepy clowns catch your eye. You know something weird is going on, but are you brave enough to follow them? There’s so much else to explore, especially the freak show tent with its disturbing display cases . . .

Will you defeat the evil clowns, or lose yourself in the carnival’s strange attractions?

You Choose 5: Night of the Creepy Carnival
ISBN: 9780857986696
Published by Penguin Random House Australia in May 2015.

YouChoose05_Night of the Creepy Carnival

Book 6: Alien Invaders from Beyond the Stars

Honour Award: 2016 KOALA, Fiction for Younger Readers

Protector of planet Earth or abduction by extra-terrestrials!

You see strange lights in the night sky one night. It’s a flying saucer, just like in the movies. Inside are lizard aliens – disguised as humans. They have come to invade the planet Earth. You want to resist but your actions may lead to the destruction of humankind . . .

Do you have what it takes to save the world? Or will the aliens unleash their ultimate weapon?

You Choose 6: Alien Invaders from Beyond the Stars
ISBN: 9780857986719
Published by Penguin Random House Australia in May 2015.

YouChoose06_ Alien Invaders from Beyond

Book 7: Super Sports Spectacular

Athlete of the century or phenomenal sporting failure!

You are ready for a day of fun-filled physical activity. There are so many cool sports to try but you notice that some of the competitors look a little unnatural. The basketball players are way too tall and some kids just look too perfect. Are they human or could they be robots in disguise?

Will you become a sporting star, or a victim of the weirdest world domination plan ever?

You Choose 7: Super Sports Spectacular
ISBN: 9780857988416
Published by Penguin Random House Australia in August 2015.

YouChoose07_Super Sports Spectacular

Book 8: Trapped in the Games Grid

Video game star or prisoner in a digital world!

You are ready for an afternoon of action at the best video games arcade ever. But not all the games are what they seem. There are secret programmes, alien tests and other worlds inside a new virtual reality. The games computer wants you to play. The artificial intelligence wants your help. The aliens want to recruit you. But you just want to stay alive!

Will you win the game, or be trapped inside forever?

You Choose 8: Trapped in the Games Grid
ISBN: 9780857988430
Published by Penguin Random House Australia in August 2015.

YouChoose08_Trapped in the Games Grid

Book 9: Extreme Machine Challenge

Daredevil driver or kidnapping by super spies!

You are attending the Extreme Machine Expo. Every type of fast vehicle is on display – some of them are even available to test! Among the mind-boggling sports cars, hovercrafts and jet planes are information stands, with creepy vendors asking weird questions.

Will you fulfill your dream of becoming a pro racer, or will the machines and their owners turn against you?

You Choose 9: Extreme Machine Challenge
ISBN: 9780143780199
Published by Penguin Random House Australia in June 2016.

YouChoose09_Extreme Machine Challenge

Book 10: In the Realm of Dragons

Friend of magical beasts or imprisonment in a ferocious land!

There are legends about dragons in this area, and when you find two strange-looking eggs, it seems the tales are true. But will the dragons be friend or foe? Only time will tell . . .

Will you gain a powerful sidekick, or will you step into a perilous world of fire and ice?

You Choose 10: In the Realm of Dragons
ISBN: 9780143780212
Published by Penguin Random House Australia in June 2016.

YouChoose10_In the Realm of Dragons

Book 11: Creepy Crawly Chaos

Pest exterminator or bug bait!

You are on a school excursion at the Entomology and Arachnology Research Centre when things go very wrong. It starts with a gigantic new breed of spider. Soon, there are insects everywhere. Whether it’s moths swarming all over you or an army of vengeful praying mantises, the creatures are on the attack!

Will you exterminate the bugs, or will you find yourself in the middle of creepy crawly chaos?

You Choose 11: Creepy Crawly Chaos
ISBN: 9780143782988
Published by Penguin Random House Australia in January 2017.

YouChoose11_Creepy Crawly Chaos

Book 12: City of Robots

Robot ruler or cyborg slave!

A chance encounter with an escaped mini-bot leads you to a military science facility. The place is filled with giant robots ready to unleash destruction upon the city. Unless you can stop them, a mechanical future with cyborg slaves awaits!

Can you overpower the mighty machines, or will you be crushed beneath their marching feet?

You Choose 12: City of Robots
ISBN: 9780143783008
Published by Penguin Random House Australia in January 2017.

YouChoose12_City of Robots

AFL: Footy Fever

Aussie Rules superstar or total footy failure!

A footy quiz sets you on a course for AFL adventure . . . A Grand Final game with a footy-crazed mum who’s a massive embarrassment. A footy skills camp that’s being sabotaged by a secret society of grumpy old men and women. A footy festival where mascots come to life and AFL dreams can come true. These are just some of the possibilities.

Will you play your way to AFL glory, or will it be a specky-tacular disaster?

You Choose AFL: Footy Fever
ISBN: 9780143786801
Published by Penguin Random House Australia in August 2017.

YouChoose AFL Footy Fever

You Choose Flip Me! Two action-packed stories, hundreds of different endings, in one flip book!

You Choose Flip Me! 1 and 2

In The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove will you discover wealth beyond your wildest dreams or a deadly pirate’s curse? And in Mayhem at Magic School will you become supreme ruler of the world or suffer misfortune for life?

You Choose Flip Me_Books 01_02

You Choose Flip Me! 1 and 2
ISBN: 9780857989536
Published by Random House Australia in December 2015.

You Choose Flip Me! 3 and 4

In Maze of Doom will you succeed as master of the maze or spend eternity in a nightmare labyrinth? And in The Haunting of Spook House will you become a ghost hunter extraordinaire or a lost soul forever?

You Choose Flip Me_Books 03_04

You Choose Flip Me! 3 and 4
ISBN: 9780857989550
Published by Random House Australia in December 2015.

You Choose Flip Me! 5 and 6

In Night of the Creepy Carnival will you become a conqueror of clowns or spend life as a mindless clown slave? And in Alien Invaders from Beyond the Stars will you rise to be the protector of planet earth or will you be abducted by extraterrestrials?

You Choose Flip Me_Books 05_06

You Choose Flip Me! 5 and 6
ISBN: 9780143784029
Published by Random House Australia in February 2017.

You Choose Flip Me! 1 and 2

In The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove will you discover wealth beyond your wildest dreams or a deadly pirate’s curse? And in Mayhem at Magic School will you become supreme ruler of the world or suffer misfortune for life?

You Choose Flip Me_Books 01_02

You Choose Flip Me! 1 and 2
ISBN: 9780857989536
Published by Random House Australia in December 2015.

You Choose Flip Me! 3 and 4

In Maze of Doom will you succeed as master of the maze or spend eternity in a nightmare labyrinth? And in The Haunting of Spook House will you become a ghost hunter extraordinaire or a lost soul forever?

You Choose Flip Me_Books 03_04

You Choose Flip Me! 3 and 4
ISBN: 9780857989550
Published by Random House Australia in December 2015.

You Choose Flip Me! 5 and 6

In Night of the Creepy Carnival will you become a conqueror of clowns or spend life as a mindless clown slave? And in Alien Invaders from Beyond the Stars will you rise to be the protector of planet earth or will you be abducted by extraterrestrials?

You Choose Flip Me_Books 05_06

You Choose Flip Me! 5 and 6
ISBN: 9780143784029
Published by Random House Australia in February 2017.

You Choose Flip Me! 7 and 8

In Super Sports Spectacular will you become the athlete of the century or a phenomenal sporting failure? And in Trapped in the Games Grid will you be crowned an arcade games star or find yourself prisoner in a digital world?

You Choose Flip Me_Books 07_08

You Choose Flip Me! 7 and 8
ISBN: 9780143784036
Published by Random House Australia in February 2017.

You Choose Flip Me! 7 and 8

In Super Sports Spectacular will you become the athlete of the century or a phenomenal sporting failure? And in Trapped in the Games Grid will you be crowned an arcade games star or find yourself prisoner in a digital world?

You Choose Flip Me_Books 07_08

You Choose Flip Me! 7 and 8
ISBN: 9780143784036
Published by Random House Australia in February 2017.

You Choose Flip Me! 9 and 10

In Extreme Machine Challenge will you become a pro racer, or will the machines send you spinning out of control? And in In the Realm of Dragons will you gain a powerful sidekick, or will you step into a perilous world of fire and ice?

You Choose Flip Me_Books 09_10

You Choose Flip Me! 9 and 10
ISBN: 9780143790556
Published by Random House Australia in January 2018.

You Choose Flip Me! 11 and 12

In Creepy Crawly Chaos will you exterminate the bugs, or will you find yourself in the middle of creepy crawly chaos? And in City of Robots can you overpower the mighty machines, or will you be crushed beneath their marching feet?

You Choose Flip Me_Books 11_12

You Choose Flip Me! 11 and 12
ISBN: 9780143790563
Published by Random House Australia in January 2018.

You Choose Flip Me! 9 and 10

In Extreme Machine Challenge will you become a pro racer, or will the machines send you spinning out of control? And in In the Realm of Dragons will you gain a powerful sidekick, or will you step into a perilous world of fire and ice?

You Choose Flip Me_Books 09_10

You Choose Flip Me! 9 and 10
ISBN: 9780143790556
Published by Random House Australia in January 2018.

You Choose Flip Me! 11 and 12

In Creepy Crawly Chaos will you exterminate the bugs, or will you find yourself in the middle of creepy crawly chaos? And in City of Robots can you overpower the mighty machines, or will you be crushed beneath their marching feet?

You Choose Flip Me_Books 11_12

You Choose Flip Me! 11 and 12
ISBN: 9780143790563
Published by Random House Australia in January 2018.

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Reviews

  • “With enticing covers, You choose… by George Ivanoff is an exciting new addition to the genre of Choose your own adventures..”

    Creative Kids Tales — Flip Me: Maze of Doom / The Haunting of Spook House, 16 March 2016
  • “Fast-paced and fun to read, they are perfect for reluctant and younger readers.”

    Reading Time — Flip Me: Maze of Doom /The Haunting of Spook House, 15 March 2016
  • “Packed with multiple scenarios and heart pumping stunts it’s as if Australian author, George Ivanoff, is channelling his 10 year old self; he knows exactly what the reader wants.”

    Reading Time — Flip Me: The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove / Mayhem at Magic School, 2 March 2016
  • “These two books in particular; Trapped in the Games Grid and Super Sports Spectacular, fall firmly into the laps of the market for 8-12 year old boys. They are relevant, modern themes written in a no-fuss, fast paced style and the stories are full of action and adventure. “

    Reading Time — Super Sports Spectacular / Trapped in the Games Grid, 18 November 2015
  • “Everything about this series is designed to grab the reader by the scruff and keep them hooked until the end, from the sharp and stylish cover to the very last decision that leads them to their end…again.”

    Reading Time — Night of the Creepy Carnival / Alien Invaders from Beyond the Stars, 28 September 2015
  • “I felt as if I was feeling the same emotions and seeing the same things. The author wrote this amazing book with delicacy. I enjoyed reading this book.”

    Creative Kids Tales — Alien Invaders from Beyond the Stars, 4 August 2015
  • “After I had read it through making my own ‘brave’ choices, being the hero of my own adventure (and what kid wouldn’t love that?) I found that I had to go back and read it again. And read it again I did, repeatedly. “

    Creative Kids Tales — Night of the Creepy Carnival, 16 July 2015
  • “What I thought was really cool about this book was that you could read it lots of times and always have a different story”.

    Western Australian — Alien Invaders from Beyond the Stars, 3 July 2015
  • “Ivanoff, who says he ‘drinks too much coffee and eats too much chocolate and watches too much Doctor Whp’ has revealed writing these books has been the most enjoyable venture of his career as an author so far.
    It is easy to see why.”

    Weekend Advocate, 20 June 2015
  • “While primarily aimed at Middle Primary to Upper Primary these can be enjoyed by readers of all ages and certainly, if you have readers who struggle these would be a superb choice as the level of engagement and the appeal of the subject matter are perfect. “

    ReadPlus — Night of the Creepy Carnival, 18 June 2015
  • Hillcrest Christian College FaceBook page (video) — Super Sports Spectacular, 17 June 2015
  • “In my 7 year old son’s words, “This book is actually cool!”.”

    Creative Kids Tales — The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove, 5 April 2015
  • “George Ivanoff invites the reader to explore an old and seriously creepy haunted house, and by teasing the reader’s natural curiosity, he leads us into an amusing and spine-tingling escapade, where we have to choose the next adventure.”

    Creative Kids Tales — The Haunting of Spook House, 8 March 2015
  • “As well as offering an engaging read, skilled teachers could use these books as models for an absorbing, integrated project that would draw in their writers, their illustrators, their mathematicians, their computer experts, and their gamers to create something new that accentuates the need for a team, encourages negotiation and compromise as well as the skills of seeing things from another perspective and looking for alternatives, and perhaps, even, the concept of empathy.”

    ReadPlus — The Haunting of Spook House, 2 January 2015
  • “Following the usual formula, chapters are short and choices are many. The format is appealing with well-spaced, large clear font, short sentences, and the vocabulary is excellent – ideal to extend the less interested reader. “

    Reading Time — The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove / Mayhem at Magic School, 8 October 2014
  • “Prolific, inventive author George Ivanoff, continues to use his fast-paced, humorous and interactive style to entice readers seven years and older to dive into the magical adventure and decide their fate.”

    Buzz Words Books — Mayhem at Magic School, 5 Sept 2014
  • “Ivanoff has speckled the stories with interesting characters.”

    Buzz Words Books — The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove, 15 July 2014
  • “With engaging illustrations, maps and the like they are easy to read and particularly suitable as read alouds as each ‘Pathway episode is brief (for those quick ten minute fill ins especially). Naturally the action is fast-paced as a result and this is definitely a plus for those reluctant readers who don’t like getting bogged down.”

    Just So Stories, 6 July 2014
  • “With sixteen separate endings the reader is spoilt for choice as they make their decisions and soon find out the consequences.”

    ReadPlus — Mayhem at Magic School, 26 June 2014
  • “The appeal and importance of gaming within the formal education setting is becoming the focus of a lot of research and literature and this series provides a great foundation to actively engage and explore options.”

    ReadPlus — The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove, 12 June 2014
  • “Young readers who love a good adventure/action series will love reading the ‘You Choose’ series once, twice and a third time, and I can also think of several reluctant readers who will be totally engaged.”

    Children’s Book Daily
  • Good Reads — The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove
  • “Love creepy mystery books? You’ll totally dig The Treasure Of Dead Man’s Cove by George Ivanoff!”

    K-Zone — The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove
  • “It is wonderful to see a great new adventure series aimed at your middle grade students. And the best part—the entire story is in their hands!”

    Lamont Books — The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove