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Bruce Coville


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Bruce Coville was born in Syracuse in 1950. He first became interested in writing when he was in the sixth grade, and started writing seriously at the age of 17. He married in 1969, aged 19, and started collaborating on books with his wife, Katherine Dietz, an artist. They have three children. He had many other jobs along the way, including toy maker, gravedigger, cookware salesman and assembly line worker, finally sticking with teaching until his first book was published in 1977. Bruce has published over sixty books since then and now has more than 12 million copies in print.
 

Genres: Children's Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy
 
Series
Magic Shop
   1. The Monster's Ring (1982)
     aka Russell Troy, Monster Boy
   2. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (1991)
   3. Jennifer Murdley's Toad (1992)
   4. The Skull of Truth (1997)
   5. Juliet Dove, Queen of Love (2003)
   6. Charlie Eggleston's Talking Skull (2003)
   7. The Mask of Eamonn Tiyado (2011)
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Space Brat
   1. Space Brat (1992)
   2. Blork's Evil Twin (1993)
   3. The Wrath of Squat (1994)
   4. Planet of the Dips (1995)
   5. The Saber-toothed Poodnoobie (1997)
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Unicorn Chronicles
   1. Into the Land of the Unicorns (1994)
   Glory of Unicorns (1998)
   2. The Song of the Wanderer (1999)
   3. Enter the Whisperer (2008)
     aka Dark Whispers
   4. Secret Of The Delvers (2010)
     aka The Last Hunt
   The Boy With Silver Eyes (2011)
   The Guardian of Memory (2012)
   Unicorn Chronicles Collection (2016)
   5. The Invasion of Luster (2022)
   6. The Wounded Tree (2022)
   7. The Gathered Glory (2022)
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Odd
   1. Oddly Enough (1994)
   2. Odder Than Ever (1999)
   Odds Are Good (2006)
   3. Oddest of All (2008)
   Blaze of Glory (2011)
   Clean As a Whistle (2011)
   Homeward Bound (2011)
   Old Glory (2011)
   The Box (2011)
   The Language of Blood (2011)
   The Passing of the Pack (2011)
   With His Head Tucked Underneath His Arm (2011)
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I Was A 6th Grade Alien
   1. Sixth-Grade Alien (1999)
     aka I Was A Sixth Grade Alien
   2. I Shrank My Teacher (1999)
     aka The Attack of the Two-inch Teacher
   3. Missing - One Brain! (1999)
     aka I Lost My Grandfather's Brain
   4. Lunch Swap Disaster (2000)
     aka Peanut Butter Lover Boy
   5. Zombies of the Science Fair (2000)
   6. Class Pet Catastrophe (2000)
     aka Don't Fry My Veeblax!
   7. Too Many Aliens! (2000)
   8. Snatched from Earth! (2000)
   9. There's an Alien in My Backpack (2000)
   10. The Revolt of the Miniature Mutants (2001)
   11. Aliens, Underwear, and Monsters (2001)
     aka There's an Alien in My Underwear
   12. Farewell to Earth (2001)
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Moongobble and Me
   1. The Dragon of Doom (2003)
   2. The Weeping Werewolf (2004)
   3. The Evil Elves (2004)
   4. The Mischief Monster (2007)
   5. The Naughty Nork (2008)
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Amber Brown
   Amber Brown Is Tickled Pink (2012) (with Paula Danziger and Elizabeth Levy)
   Amber Brown Horses Around (2014) (with Paula Danziger and Elizabeth Levy)
   Amber Brown Is on the Move (2016) (with Elizabeth Levy)
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Enchanted Files
   1. Cursed (2015)
     aka Diary of a Mad Brownie
   2. Hatched (2016)
   3. Trolled (2017)
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Novels
   The Foolish Giant (1978) (with Katherine Coville)
   Sarah's Unicorn (1979) (with Katherine Coville)
   Sarah and the Dragon (1984)
   Monster of the Year (1989)
   Prehistoric People (1990)
   The Dragonslayers (1994)
   Fortune's Journey (1995)
   Aliens Stole My Dad (1996)
   My Grandfather's House (1996)
   World's Worst Fairy Godmother (1996)
   The Lapsnatcher (1997)
   Creature of Fire (1998)
   Armageddon Summer (1998) (with Jane Yolen)
   The Ghost Saw Red (2000)
   The Monsters of Morley Manor (2001)
   Thor's Wedding Day (2005)
   Always October (2012)
   The Thief of Worlds (2021)
   Never Trust A Demon (2023)
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Collections
   The Unicorn Treasury (poems) (1988)
   The One Right Thing (2008)
   Book of Fear (2012)
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Novellas and Short Stories
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Anthologies edited
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Series contributed to
Dark Forces
   9. Eyes of the Tarot (1983)
   11. Waiting Spirits (1984)
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A.I. Gang
   1. Operation Sherlock (1986)
   3. Robot Trouble (1986)
   4. Forever Begins Tomorrow (1986)
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Omni Odysseys
   2. Space Station ICE-3 (1987)
     aka Murder in Orbit
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Picture Books show
 
Omnibus editions show
 
Bruce Coville recommends
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Tempests and Slaughter (2018)
(Numair Chronicles, book 1)
Tamora Pierce
"In the world of YA fantasy, there’s before Tamora Pierce, and then after her female heroes started kicking down the doors (and walls, and other barriers)!"
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The Unicorn Quest (2018)
(Unicorn Quest , book 1)
Kamilla Benko
"The Unicorn Quest draws you into a richly imagined alternate world, keeps you on edge with clever twists and turns, then leaves you breathless as it gallops to its sensational climax!"
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Weave a Circle Round (2017)
Kari Maaren
"Kari Maaren's Weave a Circle Round is deeply engaging, wildly imaginative, and frequently mindbending. Its central mystery grows ever more perplexing as the book hurtles toward its remarkable climax, with final pages that will have readers turning back to the beginning to see how the author has indeed woven her enchanted circle."

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Anthologies containing stories by Bruce Coville
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The Dragon Book (2009)
Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy
edited by
Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
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The Dark of the Woods (2006)
Fairy Tales for Modern Times
edited by
Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

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