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Lizzi Adelman

With the new year, we are excited to be welcoming back old friends.

Last month, we received an email from Elisabeth Lauffer, one of Chooseco's very first interns from way back in 2006. Liz let us know that she's been working on some super secret Choose-related stuff and she's back in town. Of course, we had to scoop her up. 

Below, a photo from the early days:

Pictured (from left to right): Peter Bowering, Elisabeth Lauffer, and Associate Publisher, Melissa Bounty). Circa 2006.

After leaving Chooseco, Liz bounced back and forth from Vermont to...

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The Johnny Strange Adventure Corner

Lizzi Adelman

Johnny Strange was a true adventurer. At the age of 17, Johnny became the world’s youngest person to climb the ‘seven summits,’ the tallest peak on each of the seven continents! From mountain climbing to base jumping, he always courageously pushed the limits, doing what he loved. Sadly, in 2015, Johnny passed away while adventuring in the mountains of Switzerland.

 

Johnny Strange

In December of 2016, Johnny’s former school in Malibu, California, the Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School, unveiled the “Johnny Strange Adventure Corner” in their...

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What would you do if you finish a meal and your bill is served inside one of YOUR books?

Lizzi Adelman

True Story: Deborah Lerme Goodman, author of four original Choose Your Own Adventure books, went out to dinner at Waypoint in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA. At the end of her meal, the bill was delivered to her inside one of her... own... books! Deborah’s first reaction to receiving her bill tucked inside The Trumpet of Terror was confusion.

“I had no idea why the server handed me my book, and it took me a few seconds of being baffled before I even noticed the check was peeking out,” Goodman recounts. “I was thinking I would ask the server, ‘How did...

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Chooseco Publisher, Shannon Gilligan, Presents at the WNY Children's Book Expo

Lizzi Adelman

Did you know that Shannon Gilligan, Publisher of Chooseco and author of many classic and Dragonlark Choose Your Own Adventure books, was actually born in Buffalo, NY? This past weekend, Gilligan joined over 30 other children's authors at the Western New York Children's Book Expo to sign books, meet fans, and read from one of her bestselling Dragonlark titles for younger readers, Ghost Island. Below, Shannon dons a princess tiara while signing copies of another one of her bestsellers, Princess Island.

"The event was incredibly run," reports Gilligan. There were upwards of 2200...

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Behind the Scenes at Chooseco -- Mieka Carey

Lizzi Adelman

Mieka joined our staff one year ago, and is one of the many strong, creative, and talented women working at our small publishing house in North Central Vermont. 

When creating the content for our Dragonlark books, Mieka works with the editors and artists to ensure that the illustrations accurately depict the words on the page. She is frequently seen sketching mock-ups for artists, googling funky outfits for the YOU, and acting out what the YOU is doing in the story, making sure that the illustrations look anatomically correct.

She's always juggling...

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