Roll back the clock—Choose Your Own Adventure title Journey Under the Sea celebrates 40th birthday with 1979 price

Journey Under the Sea by R. A. Montgomery

YOU are a deep-sea diver on a solo mission, searching for the lost city of Atlantis. In one story line, you confront hungry sharks, the bends in another, and you might end up in an Atlantean zoo… for life.

Chooseco, publisher of the world-famous Choose Your Own Adventure(R) interactive book series, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its title Journey Under the Sea by R. A. Montgomery.

You remember that one, right?

YOU are a deep-sea diver on a solo mission, searching for the lost city of Atlantis. In one story line, you confront hungry sharks, the bends in another, and you might end up in an Atlantean zoo… for life.

Montgomery originally published Journey Under the Sea via independent publishing house, Vermont Crossroads Press, in 1977. He wrote under the pen name Robert Mountain, and imagined it as the first in a series of books that drew on Montgomery’s experiences with role-playing simulations and working with reluctant readers at a summer camp. The original title of the series was “The Adventures of You.” It later became “Choose Your Own Adventure” after Montgomery brought the project to Bantam Books and became the first title on their new children’s list. The series went on to sell over 270 million books in the following forty years, making it the 4th-bestselling children’s series of all time.

“Journey Under the Sea is one of the most iconic titles from the series,” Shannon Gilligan, Chooseco CEO & Publisher, explains. “This is the YOU character who leads the Choose Your Own Adventure series, and what made this book different than the other early works that contributed to the series was that the YOU was identifiable to a child but also very powerful. This book is entirely driven by action, and that separates it from the other early entries in the series which were experimenting more with format.”

In the early 2000s, R. A. Montgomery and Shannon Gilligan took the leap to establish their own publishing house and revamp the beloved children’s book series through their purpose-built publishing company Chooseco. The small company ran from a converted farmhouse in Vermont and by 2006, the original series’ 18 bestselling titles returned…

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