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Branching Plot Books

© 2016 by Arthur M. Mills, Jr.

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Books by Arthur Mills

Branching Plot Books

Branching Plot Books

The Empty Lot Next Door

The Crawl Space

Friend or Foe

Co-Author

The Patriots Activity Book

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The Crawl Space

The Crawl Space is an interactive novel that inspires teens and young adults to look at life from a new perspective of hope, courage, and respect for others.

Friend or Foe

Friend or Foe is a modern day political, economic, and environmental fable that ties together the deepest concerns of our present day.

The Crawl Space by Arthur Mills

The Empty Lot Next Door

Whether or not you believe in ghosts, the true-life experience of Arthur Mills deserves consideration. Find out who Candle Face was, her taunting behavior, and how she turned a boy’s childhood into a living nightmare.

The Empty Lot Next Door by Arthur Mills

Co-Author

Romance writer Chelsie Crammer wants what any writer wants – to pen the next great novel. But when a character she creates leaps right out of her mind and into her heart (and bed), she realizes falling in love wasn’t part of the plan.

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“Arthur's story of his haunted childhood combines unrelenting suspense with the poignant story of a young boy's struggle to survive in a hostile world. It is a tale so compelling readers will remember it long after the last page is read.”

– Reviewer (Amazon) for The Empty Lot Next Door

The Patriots Activity Book

Before the school system gets to your children, give your children the patriotic educational tools they need! Your children will color, read, and learn what made our Constitutional Republic the best nation on Earth.

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A book series is a sequence of books with certain characteristics in common that are formally identified together as a group. These characteristics are often easy to identify. For example, Goosebumps is a famous children book series that depict fictional children being involved in scary situations. Another example is the Choose Your Own Adventure books, which allow readers to assume the role of the protagonist and make choices that determine the main character’s actions and the plot’s outcome.

The characteristics that connect the books in Branching Plot Books are much less obvious. On the surface, Branching Plot Books seem like several unrelated books. However, Branching Plot Books is a small but growing series of books that can be read in a variety of ways, depending on the reader. Each book’s plot and premise can be seen differently, depending on the reader’s mood, experiences, and values.

To create this effect, Branching Plot Books focuses on reader interaction and on the use of the double entendre literary technique. A double entendre refers to a phrase or figure of speech that have two meanings or understood in two different ways. In Branching Plot Books, a whole book could have a double meaning and be understood in two different ways. For example, children and young adults might see The Empty Lot Next Door as a ghost story while older adults might see the story as a young child coping with bullies and a dysfunctional family life. In Friend or Foe, liberal readers will relate to the blue jay named Javlin and despise the greedy chipmunk named Mitch whereas conservative readers will rally behind Mitch because of his hard-working attitude and will see Javlin as a lazy freeloader. Some readers believe the struggle has nothing to do with political ideologies, but instead the book is really about race or immigration issues. Therefore, in both The Empty Lot Next Door and Friend or Foe, the plots and the premises can be seen differently, depending on the reader’s mood, experiences, and values.

Some books within Branching Plot Books make it more obvious that the reader can change the plot and take charge of the premise. For example, The Crawl Space has 24 choices and 11 alternate endings, allowing the reader to decide how the storyline should flow. Different readers might take different paths, which can change their impressions of the story.

There is no right or wrong way to interpret Branching Plot Books because the book series is tailored to every reader. Branching Plot Books is where the reader becomes the author.