Interactive fiction like the Choose Your Own Adventure series was a staple of my childhood reading experience. The Race Forever featured two stories in one volume about a death-defying endurance race across the African bush, and was one of my favorites! I couldn’t tell you how many times I checked this book out from the library at Still Elementary, so it was only natural that I locate a hardcover copy on Ebay for my permanent collection!
Perhaps most unsettling are the shark and octopus storylines: The octopus path ends when a shark doesn’t fall for your ink-spewing trick, and it finds your calamari body delicious. Alternately, while inhabiting a shark’s body, you can eat an octopus who ineffectively tries to use ink to escape.