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Edward Packard (born 1931) is an American author, in addition to his work as a lawyer, essayist,and poet. He was born in Huntington, New York. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School. Packard is one of the pioneering authors of the second-person fiction style made famous by the Choose Your Own Adventure series of children's books.

Packard wrote one of the first known books of this type, Sugarcane Island, in 1969 and saw it first published in 1976 by Vermont Crossroads Press owned by Constance Cappel and Raymond A. Montgomery, Jr. He explains in the foreword to the book that he developed what he originally called "the adventures of you" fiction format while trying to think up interesting bedtime stories for his three children (Andrea, Caroline and Wells), though the series in which it was first published was the short-lived (and since forgotten) Which Way line. In Sugarcane Island, the shipwrecked reader travels around the titular island avoiding dangers at every turn. Many of the possible endings feature an unfortunate demise, although escape from the island is possible if the correct choices are made.

The Adventures of You on Sugarcane Island was the exact prototype for books in Bantam’s classic Choose Your Own Adventure series. In 1969, and 1970, the William Morris Agency submitted the book on Packard's behalf to several major publishers, all of whom rejected it. In 1976 Packard was able to get the book published by Vermont Crossroads Press. In its review of the book, Publishers Weekly called it "an original idea, well carried out."

In 1977-1978, Lippincott published Packard's next two books in the same format, Deadwood City and The Third Planet from Altair. Their covers alerted readers to their unusual nature with the rubrics "Choose Your Own Adventure in the Wild West" and "Choose Your Own Adventure in Outer Space."

Seeing potential in Packard's idea of an "interactive book", Bantam Books launched a series called Choose Your Own Adventure in 1979. This contact with Bantam Books was made by Constance Cappel on a flight to the Atlanta ABA Conference with the then Head of Marketing, Jack Romano. Vermont Crossroads Press has first sold the rights to the series to Pocket Books and then transferred to Bantam. Packard wrote the first of the series, The Cave of Time, a time-traveling story in which the reader explores a cavern that is a portal to different eras. Along with R. A. Montgomery, he wrote many of the books and contributed over 60 titles by the end of the series in 1998.

Packard kept the series fresh by changing genres with each title. In addition to the time travel story of the first book, he followed up with the next half-dozen stories based on suspense, spy fiction, space opera, western, mystery, science fiction, and fantasy. Packard himself even appears, in a case of self-insertion, in the Choose Your Own Adventure book Hyperspace.

Packard was the only author to have a consistently-recurring character who appeared in many of his CYOA books. A scientist named Dr. Nera Vivaldi frequently appeared as a friend to the reader character. She seemed to be ageless as she appeared in stories set in many time frames, including those that took the reader into outer space, although in later books, she does appear to have aged at least into her fifties. In the aforementioned Hyperspace, Dr. Vivaldi makes an appearance that actually breaches the fourth wall.

Packard also conceived of the idea and wrote the prototype books for three more interactive series: Space Hawks and Escape, both published by Bantam Books, and Earth Inspectors, published by McGraw Hill. He also wrote a non-fiction book about the size and scale of space and time, titled Imagining the Universe and published by Berkley in 1994, which was cited by Scientific American as one of the best science books for young readers of the year and by National Public Radio as one of the best science books of the year. His educational math book Big Numbers, published by Millbrook in 2000, was cited by Newsweek as one of the best children's books of the year. The six books in the Space Hawks series, dealing with Earth's defense against space aliens, were published in mainland China in 2004 in anticipation of China's first manned space mission.

In 2010, Packard started a new company called U-Ventures, which began releasing Choose Your Own Style adventure type applications for iPhone and iPad. The first title, "Return to the Cave of Time" was released in August, with "Through the Black Hole" scheduled for release in September.
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Total Books: 258
The Forbidden Castle
2012 - The Forbidden Castle (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781442434288
ISBN-10: 1442434287
Genre: Children's Books
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Through the Black Hole
2012 - Through the Black Hole [U-Ventures] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781442434264
ISBN-10: 1442434260
Genre: Children's Books
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Return to the Cave of Time
2012 - Return to the Cave of Time [U-Ventures] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781442434271
ISBN-10: 1442434279
Genre: Children's Books
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1000 Gefahren - Auf Dem Piratenschiff
2010 - 1000 Gefahren - Auf Dem Piratenschiff [German Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783473362332
ISBN-10: 3473362336
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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1000 Gefahren im Strafraum
2006 - 1000 Gefahren Im Strafraum (Other)
ISBN-13: 9783473523160
ISBN-10: 347352316X
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1000 Gefahren Gefhrliche Safari Du entscheidest selbst
2005 - 1000 Gefahren Gefhrliche Safari Du Entscheidest Selbst (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9783473348206
ISBN-10: 3473348201
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Die Insel der 1000 Gefahren
2003 - Die Insel Der 1000 Gefahren [Ab 9 J.] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783473542048
ISBN-10: 3473542040
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1000 Gefahren Kampf gegen den Taifun Du entscheidest selbst
2002 - 1000 Gefahren Kampf Gegen Den Taifun Du Entscheidest Selbst [Ab 10 J.] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783473522170
ISBN-10: 3473522171
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1000 Gefahren Der Junge ohne Gedchtnis Du entscheidest selbst
2002 - 1000 Gefahren Der Junge Ohne Gedchtnis Du Entscheidest Selbst [Ab 10 J.] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783473522057
ISBN-10: 3473522058
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Little Numbers
2001 - Little Numbers (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780761313977
ISBN-10: 0761313974
Genres: Children's Books, Science & Math
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1000 Gefahren Die Stunde der Blutsauger Du entscheidest selbst
2001 - 1000 Gefahren Die Stunde Der Blutsauger Du Entscheidest Selbst [Ab 10 J.] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783473521944
ISBN-10: 3473521949
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Big Numbers
2001 - Big Numbers (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780761309383
ISBN-10: 0761309381
Genre: Children's Books
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Im Strudel der Gefahr
2001 - Im Strudel Der Gefahr (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783473541799
ISBN-10: 3473541796
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1000 Gefahren Gefhrliche Safari
2000 - 1000 Gefahren Gefhrliche Safari [Ab 8 J.] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9783473348114
ISBN-10: 3473348112
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Mountain Biker 172
1999 - Mountain Biker 172 (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780785790297
ISBN-10: 0785790292
Genre: Sports & Outdoors
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1000 Gefahren Die spektakulre Reise ins Schwarze Loch
1999 - 1000 Gefahren Die Spektakulre Reise Ins Schwarze Loch [Ab 10 J.] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783473521456
ISBN-10: 3473521450
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Sugarcane Island The Island of the 1000 Adventures
1999 - Sugarcane Island the Island of the 1000 Adventures [Ab 11 J.] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783473521289
ISBN-10: 3473521280
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Mayday
1998 - Mayday [Choose Your Own Adventure No. 184] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780553567588
ISBN-10: 0553567586
Genre: Children's Books
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1000 Gefahren Katastrophentag
1998 - 1000 Gefahren Katastrophentag (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783473521098
ISBN-10: 3473521094
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Fugitive
1998 - Fugitive [Choose Your Own AdventureR] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780553567526
ISBN-10: 0553567527
Genre: Children's Books
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1000 Gefahren Hilfe ich schrumpfe
1998 - 1000 Gefahren Hilfe Ich Schrumpfe (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783473348053
ISBN-10: 3473348058
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1997 - Fire on Ice [Choose Your Own AdventureR] (Paperback)
1997 - Attack of the Living Mask [Choose Your Own AdventureR] (Paperback)
1997 - Ninja Avenger [Choose Your Own Adventure No. 179] (Paperback)
1997 - River of No Return [Choose Your Own Adventure No. 178] (Paperback)
1997 - Master of Kendo [CYOA #176] (Paperback)
1997 - Haunted Baby The [CYON #13 - Choose Your Own Nightmare] (Paperback)
1997 - Biting for Blood [Choose Your Own Nighmare , No 7] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
1996 - Gefahr Im Strafraum [Ab 10 J. - Abenteuer] (Paperback)
1996 - The Power Dome [Choose Your Own Adventure No. 174] (Paperback)
1996 - Mummy Who Wouldn't Die The [Choose Your Own Nightmare] (Paperback)
1996 - Mountain Biker [Choose Your Own AdventureR] (Paperback)Hardcover
1996 - Greed Guns and Gold [Choose Your Own Adventure No. 170] (Paperback)
1996 - Hostage [Choose Your Own Adventure No. 168] (Paperback)
1996 - Night of the Werewolf [Choose Your Own Nightmare] (Other)Paperback
1995 - Fright Night [Choose Your Own Adventure] (Paperback)
1995 - Typhoon [Choose Your Own Adventure No. 162] (Paperback)
1995 - Invaders From Within [Choose Your Own Adventure : 110] (Other)Paperback
1995 - Vampire Invaders [Choose Your Own Adventure, Bk 118 - Large Print] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
1995 - Beware the Snake's Venom [Choose Your Own Nightmare] (Paperback)Hardcover
1995 - The Computer Takeover [Choose Your Own Adventure No. 160] (Paperback)
1995 - Sky-jam [Choose Your Own Adventure No. 158] (Paperback)
1995 - You Are an Alien [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 156] (Paperback)
1995 - Dinosaur Island [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 138] (Other)Paperback
1995 - Magic Master [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 122] (Other)Paperback
1995 - The Worst Day of Your Life [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 100] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
1994 - Cyberspace Warrior [Choose Your Own Adventure No. 154] (Paperback)Hardcover
1994 - War with the Mutant Spider Ants [Choose Your Own Adventure] (Paperback)
1994 - Who Are You [Choose Your Own Adventure No. 150] (Paperback)
1994 - Comet Crash [Choose Your Own Adventure No. 144] (Paperback)
1993 - Reality Machine The [Choose Your Own Adventure] (Paperback)Hardcover
1993 - Secret of the Dolphins [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 134] (Paperback)Hardcover
1993 - The Reality Machine [Choose Your Own Adventure Turtleback] (Hardcover)Paperback
1992 - Viking Raiders [Choose Your Own Adventure] (Paperback)
1992 - Superbike [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 124] (Paperback)
1992 - Planet Eater The [Space Hawks, No 6] (Paperback)
1991 - The Fiber People [Space Hawks, No. 5] (Paperback)
1991 - Comet Masters The [Spaceawks, No. 4] (Paperback)
1991 - Space Fortress [Choose Your Own Adventure] (Paperback)
1991 - Kidnapped [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 116] (Paperback)
1991 - Faster Than Light [Space Hawks, No 1] (Paperback)
1991 - Alien Invaders [Space Hawks, Book 2] (Paperback)
1991 - Daredevil Park [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 114] (Paperback)Hardcover
1991 - Skateboard Champion [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 112] (Paperback)
1990 - Master of Karate [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 108] (Paperback)
1989 - You Are a Genius [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 95] (Paperback)
1989 - You Are a Superstar [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 91] (Paperback)
1989 - Africa Where Do Elephants Live Underground [Earth Inspectors, No. 6] (Paperback)
1988 - Olympus What Is the Secret of the Oracle [Earth Inspectors Series] (Paperback)
1988 - A Day with the Dinosaurs [Choose Your Own Adventure No 46] (Paperback)Hardcover
1988 - The Cave of Time [Choose Your Own Adventure] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
1988 - The Mystery of Chimney Rock [Choose Your Own Adventure] (Hardcover)Paperback
1988 - Who Killed Harlowe Thrombey [Choose Your Own Adventure] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
1988 - Your Code Name Is Jonah [Choose Your Own Adventure] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
1988 - The Perfect Planet [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 80] (Paperback)Paperback
1987 - Great Easter Bunny Adventure The [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 40] (Paperback)
1987 - Journey to the Year 3000 [Cyoa : Super Adventure] (Paperback)Hardcover
1986 - Sugarcan Island [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 62] (Paperback)Paperback
1986 - Sugarcane Island [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 62] (Paperback)Paperback
1986 - Tenopia Island [Escape from Tenopia, Bk 1] (Paperback)
1985 - The Polar Bear Express [Choose Your Own Adventure, No. 23] (Paperback)Paperback
1985 - You Are a Shark [Choose Your Own Adventure #45] (Paperback)Paperback
1984 - Polar Bear Exp/23 [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 23] (Paperback)Paperback
1984 - Supercomputer 39 [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 39] (Paperback)Paperback
1983 - Mountain Survival 28 [Choose Your Own Adventure, No. 28] (Paperback)Paperback
1983 - The Circus [Choose Your Own Adventure, Book 1] (Paperback)Paperback
1983 - Circus (Paperback)Paperback
1983 - Dream Trips [Choose Your Own Adventure# 9 - Skylark Choose Your Own Adventure] (Paperback)Paperback
1983 - Dream Trips 9 [Choose Your Own Adventure] (Paperback)Paperback
1983 - Help You're Shrinking [Choose Your Own Adventure, Bk 7] (Paperback)Paperback
1983 - Help You're Shrink/ [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 7] (Paperback)Paperback
1982 - Sunken Treasure [Choose Your Own Adventure No. 3] (Paperback)Paperback
1982 - Survival at Sea [CYOA Choose Your Own Adventure, No 16] (Paperback)Paperback
1982 - Deadwood City [Choose Your Own Adventures, No 8] (Paperback)Paperback
1982 - The Mystery of Chimney Rock [Choose Your Own Adventure No. 5] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1982 - Third Planet From Altair [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 7] (Paperback)Hardcover
1980 - The Third Planet From Altair [Choose Your Own Adventure #7] (Paperback)
Russia What Is the Golden Horde [Earth Inspectors, No. 12] (Paperback)
Esp Mcgee [An Avon Camelot Book] (Paperback)
Sunken Treasure Number 3 [Choose Your Own Adventure] (Hardcover)Paperback
Jungle Safari [Choose Your Own Adventure, No. 13] (Paperback)Paperback
The Sunken Treasure [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 3] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
Mountain Survival [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 28] (Paperback)Paperback
Choose Your Own Adventure Set 3 [11-Mystery of Maya 12-Inside UFO 54-40 13-Abominable Snowman 14 Forbidden Castle 15-House of Danger] (Paperback)
Planet Fiber People [Space Hawks, No 4] (Paperback)
The Luckiest Day of Your Life [Choose Your Own Adventure, No 132] (Hardcover)Paperback
Choose Your Own Nightmare [Choose Your Own Nightmare, So6] (Other)
The Haunted Baby [Choose Your Own Nightmare , No 13] (Other)Paperback
Supervivencia En La Montana/choose Your Own Adventure [Elige Tu Propia Aventura: Timun Mas - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Odisea En El Hiperespacio/hyperspace [Elige Tu Propia Aventura : Timun Mas] (Paperback)
Viajes De Ensueno [Elige Tu Propia Aventura/Dream Trips - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Gorga El Monstruo Espacial/ Gorga the Space Monster [Elige Tu Propia Aventura/Gorga, the Space Monster - Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
La Caverna Del Tiempo [Elige Tu Propia Aventura, 2] (Hardcover)
La Supercomputadora [CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE, # 16] (Hardcover)