History Quest Book Series by Timothy Knapman
Publisher: QED Publishing
Genre: 9-12 Choose-your-own-adventure Non-Fiction
Pages: Roughly 50 pages each

RATINGS
FUN: 5
PACING: 4
QUESTIONS: 5
STYLE: 3
SETTING: 4

TOTAL RATING: 4.2 STARS

Hello! Welcome from a time long ago…. from the far reaches of…. HISTORY!

Today, I’m looking at a slightly different style of book. I’m looking at History Quest, a series of narrative history non-fiction books from QED publishing.

I found them completely by random on amazon while searching for those old Osbourne Puzzle books, and these seemed like a modern version of them so I figured I would give them a go. I picked up the History Quest books to read with my son and at first I was a little concerned because they seemed to be very busy on each page and not like the old puzzle books at all, but the more I read the first adventure the more I started to get the concept.

They are very much like the “choose-your-own-adventure” books, where you’re given a choice to go down route A or B, and each route takes you to a different page. Most pages had about three answers or question on them, so it was a little distracting. I feel like they could have made more of the book by padding out the pages better, but it’s only a minor thing and after the first few questions it’s not a big deal.

The series has 4 books in it so far, and Myself and my son read through two of them in only a couple of nights – Tomb of Terror (Ancient Egyptians) and Minotaur Maze (Ancient Greeks). Both had fun stories in the back ground which transport the premise along, and all of the questions were really interesting – some quite challenging too. I knew about 80% of the answers so let my son answer much of the book so it has an education theme to it as well, and this was great because it was a book we could enjoy together.

The other two books in the series are about ancient Romans and medieval knights and it’s safe to say that we’re looking forward to reading them.

The publisher also does similar books on Science and Maths, so I might be looking into them at some too.

If you’re looking for a book to teach kids some fun history – probably around the 9-12 year old age range – especially in this Covid home schooling period, then I’d recommend these books absolutely.

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