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I'm always eager to read your comments about my books and stories, so please feel free to pitch in. Here are a few things for you to know:

1) I answer the messages here personally.

2) No message shows up here until I actually answer it. To prevent spam and other inappropriate postings. So there will sometimes be a delay before your message posts, especially if I am traveling.

DEEP APOLOGIES! Due to a glitch in the Guestbook I have not been receiving notifications of new messages for some months now. I should have spotted this, but I have been so busy with so many things that it went right by me. But yesterday (February 9) I started wondering about it, and when I went into the Guestbook registry I was horrified to find dozens, maybe even hundreds, of unanswered messages. I'm beginning to work on taking care of the backlog, but it's going to take me some time. If you left a message, my apologies for not having responded. (By the way, this is a good reason to fill in your email when you leave a message. It does NOT appear in the public guestbook, but it does mean that you will get a notification when I answer you.)

-Bruce Coville

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Name: Candace W.
Location: St. Albert, Alberta Canada

Dear Mr. Coville, I am a long-time fan of The Unicorn Chronicles. I first read book one "Into the Land of Unicorns" when I was just a young girl, which inspired a life-long love of the series and a lasting impression on my own imagination, which in turn, lead to the creation of my own fantastical stories, characters, and worlds. I am now well into adulthood and find myself in a sad situation... as a result of moving several times (including between countries!) I no longer have a single copy of the chronicles on my bookshelf. My sadness deepened when my search for a boxed set was unsuccessful :( I was curious (and hopeful) as to whether there are plans for such a thing? Thank you so much for your time and all your wonderful books! A Forever Fan, *Candace W.

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 2:37:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, October 25, 2016:

Hi, Candace -

Oddly, Scholastic never published a box set. and, to my dismay, they never even put the fourth book into a paperback edition before allowing it to go out of print.

My agent and I are working on getting the series back in print somewhere else, and if we do, I hope that they will consider a boxed set. If we can't find a publisher that wants to pick them up, I'll put them back in print myself, one way or another.

It delights me to know that the books have meant so much to you, and led you to writing stories of your own!

All best,


Name: Anon e Mouse Jr.
Location: Eatontown, New Jersey USA

Long time no write... I've been re-reading the Rod Allbright Alien Adventures quartet, and I have a few questions about certain points. (The third is something I thought of back in 2014, but I got distracted by some other stuff for a few years and never asked about it until now.) * In book 1, it's said BKR has been on Earth for twelve years. But in books 2 and 3, it's said Rod's father only left about three years previous, shortly after the twins were born, and in book 3, he says he left BEFORE BKR arrived. Which timeframe is right? * We know Rod was probably twelve at the start of the series, since he was in sixth grade at the time, and the twins are identified as being only three. But just how old is Elspeth? * In book 3, Seymour names his other half Edgar. Was this a deliberate reference on his part to Rod's favorite author, Edgar Rice Burroughs (whose name he could have heard in Rod's mind)? Thanks in advance! Until next time... Anon e Mouse Jr.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10:29:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 17, 2016:

Dear Anon e Mouse (Jr.!)

While I'm delighted to know that you're re-enjoying the Rod Allbright Alien Adventures Quartet, you have to remember that it's been about 20 years since I wrote them. So while it is entirely possible that I did bollix up the timeline, there's no way I could actually comment on it without going back to read all four books over again.

I don't think I assigned Elspeth an age, but my intent was that she would be a year or so younger than Rod.

I can't remember if Seymour's use of Edgar was intentional on my part. Even if not intentional, it might well have been a subconscious thing, because I was certainly writing with Burroughs' sense of pacing in mind.

Good to hear from you!


Name: Alexis
Location: Leander, Texas USA

Dear Mr.c I love your book My teacher is a alien. My class is one that you wrote back to recently .My teacher is Mrs.Corl.I think that we are on the 9th chapter. Alexis

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 3:30:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, October 13, 2016:

Hi, Alexis - Glad you are enjoying MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN. I have written many books, and it is always hard work. But I have to say I think MTIAA was one of the ones that I had the most fun writing. Happily, kids seem to have a lot of fun reading it!


Name: Tessa, Irene, and Madison
Location: Los Angeles, California USA

Hi, our names are Tessa, Madison, and Irene. We like your book Jeremy Thatcher because it has so many fun adventures with Tiamat. We like the lovable friendship that Tiamat and Jeremey have together. How did you feel when you were writing the book? Did you feel joyful? Did you feel happy?We all felt happy reading this book. Thank you for writing the book! From Tessa, Madison,and Irene.

Monday, October 10, 2016 at 8:32:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 10, 2016:

Hi, Tessa, Irene, and Madison -

Thanks for this note. I'm delighted that you enjoyed JEREMY THATCHER so much.

Your question about how I felt while I was writing the book is an interesting one. I can tell you that some of the time I felt confused, or nervous, because I was trying to figure out what should happen next and how to make it work. But there were other times when I did indeed feel joyful - for example, the scene were Jeremy gets to fly!

I am truly glad that the book made you happy!


Name: Cozett, Kaydence, Zane, Diego
Location: Los Angeles, California USA

Dear Bruce Coville, We like your book Jeremy Thatcher,Dragon Hatcher because it is full of adventures and surprises. Our favorite parts are when the dragon, Tiamat, hatched out of the egg and when Jeremy stumbled upon the magic shop.The words were crystal clear in our heads. We could see those pictures. We would like to know how you came up with the story. What inspired you? You have inspired us to write our own magical stories. Please respond to us. Thank you, Bruce Coville.

Monday, October 10, 2016 at 8:27:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 10, 2016:

Hey, Cozett, Kaydence, Zane, and Diego! Good to hear from you.

Delighted to know that you enjoyed JEREMY THATCHER. As to how I came up with the story ... well, the first Magic Shop book was called THE MONSTER'S RING. I wanted to write a sequel, but the editor wasn't crazy about the idea. So then I had the thought of writing a book of short stories about the Magic Shop, and one day I sat down and brainstormed to come up with a list of things that you could buy in the shop. One of them was a dragon's egg.

The thing was, when I tried to write that as a short story, the idea turned out to be too big for that form ... it really needed to be a novel. And that's what happened.

Good luck with your own stories!

All best,


Name: Irene Bae
Location: la Jolla, California USA

Dear Mr.Coville Hi? My name is Irene Bae, and I'm fifth grade. I'm reading your book,'The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed'for an Author Study Project. And this book is really fun! I like that character and concept. Thank you for write this book and please write many books like this! And can you please send me a reply, to make a great Author Study Project? Thank you for read this letter. Sinserely,Irene Bae.

Sunday, October 09, 2016 at 7:07:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 10, 2016:

Hi, Irene -

Oh, I'm glad you're reading (and enjoying!) "The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed." Because the book is no longer available in print, I don't hear that much about it these days, but it is one I am especially proud of.

The inspiration for the book came partly from an old house that is not far from my office. I would often walk past it and think, "That would be a good place for a ghost story." But when I actually came to write the book, I decided I needed to move it away from the crowded city block to make it more isolated ... and thus more scary!

Here's a little tidbit you might enjoy: Norma Bliss is a real person, and a friend of mine. She is so lively and funny that I asked her if it would be all right to use her as a character in a book, and she agreed. The only problem was, her character is so big and funny she kept trying to take over the story! ;>

Your friend,


Name: Ava
Location: Wentzville, USA

How many of your books have I read, ALMOST ALL OF THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, October 08, 2016 at 5:08:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 10, 2016:

Excellent! Clearly you enjoy them, and that makes me happy!

Name: Ava
Location: USA

I made a book in writing and do you know the author kate Dicomillow, well I read the book to the class and at the end I gave a really bad cliffhanger just like you do! and my teacher got goosebumbs and said she felt like it was a Kate Dicamillow book and that she wished it was a real book. I do too and I wish I could give you a copy Sincerely, Ava

Friday, October 07, 2016 at 4:15:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 10, 2016:

Hi, Ava -

I do indeed know Kate DiCamillo. She's a terrific person.

It makes me proud to know that you devised a good (bad!) cliffhanger for your book. Well done!


Name: Jaden, Will, Jacob, and, Lucas
Location: Los Angeles, Ca. USA

Dear Bruce Coville, We liked the story Jeremy Thatcher because Jeremy gets a dragon as a pet and he can send messages through feelings and pictures and become invisible. We also liked it because Jeremy had a bunch of adventures with the dragon. Our favorite part is when Tiamat is flying and making the cats spill the dinner. It was so funny because Dr.Thacther face planted into the mashed potatoes. Another funny part is when Mary Lou wants to kiss Jeremy. How did you get the idea of the story? We would will love to read all of your books. We would love if you could make a movie. Jaden, Will, Jacob, and Lucas

Monday, October 03, 2016 at 12:55:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 10, 2016:

Hey, Jaden, Will, Jacob, and Lucas!

So glad to know that you liked JEREMY THATCHER! I actually laughed out loud when I was writing that dinner table scene, which is not something that happens all that often when I am working. It was so much fun to do!

As to Mary Lou wanting to kiss Jeremy ... well, when I was in 4th or 5th grade one of the girls announced that she was in love with me. It was very embarrassing at the time!

Like you, I would love it if there was a movie of JEREMY. But writers do not make movies ... Hollywood makes movies. Maybe someday it will happen, but that depends on a studio wanting to make the movie. It's not something that I could do. I have enough to do just writing my books!

Thanks for your message,


Name: Arden, Avery,and Colton
Location: Los Angeles, Ca. USA

Dear Bruce Coville, We all enjoyed the book Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. Colton liked how you described the magic shop items like the multicolored ball. Arden liked the similes, like when you described Tiamat's wings as red as blood. Avery liked the funny part when Tiamat gave Mr.Kravitz a hot foot. We all liked the friendship in the story. We all hope you keep writing more Jeremy Thatcher books. Sincerely, Arden,Avery,and Colton

Monday, October 03, 2016 at 12:50:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 10, 2016:

Hi there, Arden, Avery,and Colton!

Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER. I'm especially glad to know that you liked the description of the Magic Shop. Basically, I was trying to create the Magic Shop that I had in my head when I was a kid, the kind I always hoped that I might find someday!

Writing the hotfoot scene for Mr. Kravitz was fun ... especially since I based the character on an art teacher who had been mean to my little sister when we were kids. It was a way to get a little revenge without actually hurting anyone!

Thanks for your message!


Name: Anonymous
Location: USA

I was recently able to reread your short story Am I Blue and it brought back a barrage of memories. It was honestly the story that began me on my journey of being able to be comfortable with who I really am. Finding out that my favorite childhood author, and one of my favorites to this day, had written something like that, it honestly changed my life. So I just wanted to thank you for that, thank you so much

Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 10:14:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, September 30, 2016:

You are completely welcome, my anonymous friend.

I mostly write to entertain, but "Am I Blue" is a story that I had hoped might do some good in the world. A comment such as yours tells me that indeed it has. I'm glad I was able to help a bit on your journey.


Name: Gavin, Ayden, and Braydon
Location: Los Angeles, California USA

Greetings Bruce Coville, We read your Jeremy Thatcher,Dragon Hatcher. You inspired us to write our own magic shop stories. It was really funny when Tiamat gave Mr. Kravitz a hotfoot and when Mary Lou embarrassed Jeremy in art class. We like how you were creative with names like Fat Pete, Speciman, and Grief. What inspired you to write Jeremy Thatcher,Dragon Hatcher? We hope you write part 2 and we are also curious if you are going to make a movie of it. Ayden, Gavin, and Braydon

Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 2:06:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 10, 2016:

Hi there, Gavin, Ayden, and Braydon -

I think it's very cool that you are writing your own Magic Shop stories. I hope you had (or are still having!) a good time doing it!

You asked about how I came up with some of the names. Well, part of it is this: as a writer, words are my tools ... but they are also my toys! I love playing around with words to see what I can come up with. That said, in one case I took the name from real life. One of my friends from when I was a boy scout was a kid who had the nickname Specimen.

I have had an idea for a sequel to JEREMY THATCHER, but the idea would actually be an adult book, so I'm not sure if I will ever write it, since I really do like writing for kids best.

Thanks for your message!


Name: Maya, Caitlin, and Saifuddin
Location: Los Angeles, California USA

Hi Bruce Coville, We enjoyed Jeremy Thatcher,Dragon Hatcher. One of the reasons we like the book is that is has a lot of details like when Jeremy approached the shop. We liked the scene when he was in the magic shop. It was so exciting when Jeremy discovered the dragon egg(and when he discovered it was a dragon). We also liked the part when Jeremy went on his midnight flights with Tiamat. We would like you to write a sequel about Jeremy going to Tiamat's world. You did a great job on that book. Your happy readers, Caitin,Maya,and Saifuddin

Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 1:57:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, October 10, 2016:

Hey there, Maya, Caitlin, and Saifuddin -

Thanks for letting me know you liked JEREMY THATCHER. You mentioned the details that I use, and I am glad that you enjoyed them. One of the important things I learned when I was working on becoming a writer was to be precise and careful with details, and to try to find the most interesting ways to describe things.

There is a saying among writers: "God is in the details." Which kind of means that it is the details that bring a story to life.

I mentioned to some of your classmates that I have had an idea for a sequel to the book ... what I did not tell them was that it involves exactly what you suggest: having Jeremy go to Tiamat's world. However (as I did tell them) the idea is for an adult book, so it is unlikely I will write it. I much prefer writing for kids!

I like your sign off "Your happy readers" - making readers happy is my job and my goal! I'm glad this book did that for you.

All best,


Name: Samantha Leonard Tilton
Location: Copake, NY USA

Hello Mr. Coville, I read your book Into the Land of the Unicorns when I was in fifth grade. I immediately fell in love with it. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the second, only it hadn't been written yet. When you finished, I read it immediately and once again fell in love. I'm now 27 years old and going through an old tote of books in my parents house and happened to find these two paperbacks in brand new condition. I started to read them over again because these books are what made me fall in love with reading. I see that there are two more books in the chronicles but yet I cannot get my hands on The Last Hunt unless I'm willing to pay a hefty price. I guess I'm wondering why the last one is so expensive and if there is any way I can finally read (not hear) the last of your inspired work? Sincerely, Samantha

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 3:53:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, September 29, 2016:

Hi, Samantha -

I'm delighted that you remember the first two books of "The Unicorn Chronicles" so fondly - and truly sorry that you're having a hard time obtaining THE LAST HUNT at a reasonable price.

The reason for that is simple, and something I have no control over: Scholastic put the book out of print without ever doing a paperback edition (something that still baffles and saddens me). So it is a fairly rare item, and the only copies available are from used booksellers, or booksellers who had extra copies, and are now profiting from the books scarcity. A reseller such as that will price the book at what the market will bear; it is their right and something an author has no control over.

I am working to get the books back into print in new editions, but it will be a while before that can happen.

With regrets,

Bruce Coville

Name: Faith
Location: leander, TX USA

Dear Mr.covle what inspierd you to write my teacher is a alen.And I am loving my teacher is a alen. What other books are you planing to write. How many more books are you going to write

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 12:36:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, September 27, 2016:

Hi, Faith -

I was actually asked to write MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN by a publishing company I worked with. They did not know that I was especially appropriate, because we actually had a rumor go around my own school when I was a kid that aliens were going to invade and take away all the kids. So I could draw on my memory of that when I was writing this book.

I don't know how many more books I will write ... it depends on how long I live!

Bruce Coville

Name: Lizthelizard2006
Location: Theresa, New York USA

Why did you use the last name Eggleston with the name Charlie? Where did you get the name from?

Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 1:27:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, September 26, 2016:

Hi, Liz -

I had a friend in school whose last name was Eggleston, and I thought it sounded right for this character. It's a good name!


Name: faith
Location: Leander, TX USA

Dear Mr covle I love your books

Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 1:34:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, September 23, 2016:

Thank you, Faith! I'm glad you enjoy reading them!


Name: Mrs. Corl's Third Grade Class!
Location: Leander, Texas USA

Dear Mr. Coville, We are reading your book My Teacher Is an Alien and we LOVE IT! We just got to the part where they found Mrs. Schwartz in the attic. Something we really like that you do is leave us wanting to read more at the end of each chapter. We are trying to become writers just like you! We have a couple questions: 1. Do you read your own books after they are published? 2. What inspired you to write My Teacher Is an Alien series? 3. Do you plan to keep writing books for kids? 4. We were wondering what planet you came from? ;) Just kidding. Love, Mrs. Corl's Class

Friday, September 16, 2016 at 10:53:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, September 18, 2016:

Ahoy Mrs. Corl's Third Grade -

Thanks for writing. I'm delighted that you are enjoying My Teacher Is an Alien! I can tell you I had a blast writing it. Sometimes a book is really hard work, but this one just seemed to come naturally.

As to your questions . . .

1) I will usually re-read a book at some point after it has been published. Also, I actually run an audiobook company, and we have recorded many of my books (along with those of many other authors). If we are recording a book, I will end up rereading it many times!

Also, when I am working on a series, I re-read the earlier books to try to keep everything consistent.

2) I was actually invited to write My Teacher is an Alien by a publishing company I worked with. It was supposed to be just one book, not a series. But it turned out to be unexpectedly popular, and I got literally thousands of letters asking for more.

3) I do indeed plan on continuing to write for kids. It's what I do and who I am!

4) What planet am I from? My parents used to wonder the same thing! ;>

your pal,

Bruce Coville

Name: alwaleed

I'm a 17 year old student, and I still find your books fantastic reads! I've been an avid reader for almost ten years, and in thattime I've read all your Rod Albright adventures, your My Teacher is an Alien series, and the majority of the single works you'vecontributed to such books as Books of Magic (I and II) and the Wizard's Dozen. I've recently finished Oddly Enough, and believe it tobe one of your best works. I write ameteurly myself and agree with your views on the moods of writing habits.I'm writting this on a perticular question, though. The first story in Oddly Enough was titled "The Box", and with the same themesefound in another work, "Bear at the Gate." My question, after commenting on how much I enjoy both, is this: have you done moreof these "heavenly works", or is this to be a forever craving? Keep up the excellent work!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 12:53:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, September 14, 2016:

Hi, Alwaleed -

First off, thanks for this lovely message. So glad you've enjoyed the books so much!

I'm especially happy with your response to ODDLY ENOUGH. Though I am primarily a novelist I've discovered (to my own surprise!) that some of my best writing has been done in the short story form. I personally think that "The Box" is probably the best thing I ever wrote.

I do have another story that deals with the afterlife, called "Herbert Hutchison in the Underworld" but I am not sure if you would like it . . . it is like a dark mirror to "The Box".

Thanks for taking the time to say hello!

All best,


Name: Ryan Spinner
Location: Albany, NY United States

The drudges of graduate studies have brought me to your website! Reminiscing about childhood earlier today I recalled reading many of your books as an elementary student. My favorite in particular was Goblins in the Castle. I attended elementary school at St. Joseph's Elementary in Malone, NY. In 5th grade it was a dream come true when I won a writing contest and was able to have lunch with you and some of my fellow students! Although adult life can be very unimaginative at times, I would like to thank you for playing a role in developing my imagination at an early age. I hope all is well.

Monday, September 12, 2016 at 1:19:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, September 13, 2016:

Hi, Ryan -

Glad to provide some relief from the drudgery. (Hmmm. Maybe I should start a company called "Drudgery Relief, Inc.)

Kidding aside, I loved getting your message - and especially knowing that GOBLINS was one of your favorites. That book is probably closer to the kind of thing I =thought= I would be doing when I started writing for kids than almost anything else I had done up to that point.

Glad to know you remember that student lunch, too. I still do those when I am on school visits, and it's delightful to know that they stick around in memory!

All best,


Name: Lillian
Location: USA

I am a teacher and I read the Magic Shop series every year in my fourth grade class. I read them a chapter, or two,... or three, every day. It has taught my students and myself, more important life lessons than anything else. I love the conversations and ideas the books incite in my students, each one affecting a different group of students. Jeremy Thatcher inspires care and responsibility, while Jennifer Murdley's ALWAYS helps boost self confidence. The Monster's Ring encourages self-control, and the Skull of Truth reminds us of both the importance and awkwardness of honesty. Of course Juliet Dove is good for revealing crushes and countless giggles, as well as a fount of poetry inspiration! I will never stop crying, laughing with, or learning from Mr. S. H. Elives and co..

Wednesday, September 07, 2016 at 2:36:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, September 08, 2016:

Lillian! Thank you for this truly lovely message. It really delights me to know that you use all four of these books with your classes. And it double delights me that you are teaching fourth grade, as I used to be a fourth grade teacher myself. In fact Russell and Eddie from MONSTER'S RING are based on two of my students from back then!

Thanks for stopping by to say hello . . . and for sharing my books with so many children!


Name: Alex O'Neil
Location: Colchester, Essex UK

When I was very young, I was alone except for the company of books, yours had such a staggering influence on my childhood and life that I think my love of science fiction was first founded in My teacher is an Alien. Because of your work, I was never truly alone, and I hope in the same way, when my son comes of age, he will love your work as much as I do. Times have shaped me into a bad independent movie maker and composer, and I think if it were not for your work, I would never have had the experiences I have had. (Don't worry, I havn't been abducting any teachers and replacing them for nefarious alien reasons!) Best wishes!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016 at 9:35:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, September 07, 2016:

Hey, Alex -

Many thanks for this. Glad to know I had such a happy effect on your childhood!

I checked out your YouTube site - enjoyed seeing your introduction to what you're up to.

Thanks for checking in here!


Name: Alex Murphy
Location: Kansas City, Missouri USA

I am in my early 30s and I just have to say that I still think about great my childhood was having the beautiful worlds and characters you create to entertain me. There is currently a copy of Goblins in the Castle on my bookshelf and while I haven't read it in years, I love having it there to return to whenever I feel the need. From the "My Teacher is an Alien" series to "Rod Albright" to waiting for my mom to return with the next book of the A.I. Gang, my passion for reading was shaped by your work, Sir. I just had to write to say thank you.

Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 1:37:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, September 05, 2016:

Hi, Alex -

Thanks for this message, which totally delighted me. Knowing that a book you have written lives on in someone's memory is about the sweetest thing a writer can hope for!


Name: Colton Tibbits
Location: San Antonio, texas USA

I love to read your books my mom and I are reading the unicorn chronicles we are just finishing book 2 The Song of The Wanderer. I am a big fan you ar emy favorite Author and I am inspired by your imaginative stories. I am starting the 6th grade in 3 weeks I hope to hear from you, Colton Tibbits

Monday, August 01, 2016 at 10:28:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, August 02, 2016:

Hi, Colton - I'm so glad you are enjoying the Unicorn Chronicles! Thanks for letting me know.

Hope you have a blast in 6th grade. That's one of the years I remember most clearly from my own school life.


Name: Mary Krail
Location: Dallas, TX USA

Hi my name is Mary. I read quite a few of your books as a child. I didn't pay attention to authors or their names as a child and just looked for the stories themselves but I soon came to know your name and became excited when I saw it on a book. My favorite book series from you was the Rod Allbright series. I am 23 now and am rereading it, and am so excited that I am falling in love with them all over again. Honestly, they make me really happy, I am noticing all kinds of wonderful moments that I just read over as a child. Thank you so much for the opportunity to enjoy this artwork from your brain. Rereading it, I believe the way you explain things in the book helped form the way I see things in the world. Your books I find even soothe my adult stresses. Especially when Tar tells Rod, "Real work gives joy. False work breeds despair." I'm sorry rambling, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your stories. -Mary K

Saturday, July 09, 2016 at 9:30:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, July 12, 2016:

Hi, Mary -

Many thanks for this lovely message. The Rod Allbright stories are very close to my heart, since Rod is the only character out of all my books who is based totally and completely on myself.

My wife, who did the illustrations, started drawing even before I started writing. The character designs she came up with were much more interesting than what I originally had in mind!

The idea that my books soothe your adult stresses really means a lot to me!


Name: Andy
Location: Missouri USA

I started reading your novels beginning with Space Brat and the Magic Shop series when I was about 10 or 11 and they had a profound impact on my life. Growing up in the Caribbean, they exposed me to unimaginable worlds. I am still a voracious reader to this day (now an engineering PhD student) so I just wanted to say thanks for the memories and fueling my curiosity. Keep inspiring children everywhere!

Monday, July 04, 2016 at 11:21:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, July 05, 2016:

Hey, Andy -

Thanks for this. What I particularly loved about this message is that I always meant SPACE BRAT to be a starter book to lead young readers into the longer stories. Sounds as if that worked for you.

And it thoroughly delights me to know that (a) you are still a voracious reader and (b) you're heading for a PhD in engineering!

Onward and upward for both of us!


Name: Ethan Snyder
Location: Woodbridge, NJ USA

I am 7 years old. I am almost finished reading Dragon of Doom. This is the first chapter book I have ever read and I love it. You are my favorite author! I checked out The Weeping Werewolf from the library. I want to read the whole series this summer. Maybe I will meet you one day.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 5:51:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Tuesday, June 14, 2016:

Hi, Ethan -

I'm so glad to know you loved MOONGOBBLE! I loved, loved, loved writing those books. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series. Have a great summer. And who knows? We may indeed meet sometime!


Name: River Millwater
Location: Centereach, ny USA

my class just finished JEREMY THATCHER DRAGON HATCHER and i wondered if S. H. Elives purposely spells "she lives"? Was this done on purpose meaning that she (the dragon) lives happily? Thank You River

Thursday, June 02, 2016 at 10:02:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, June 02, 2016:

Hi, River -

Very observant of you! You are indeed correct that I chose the spelling

S. H. Elives because it can be read as "she lives" I didn't intend it to refer to the dragon, though. It was intended to indicate that Mr. Elives was doing moon magic, and the moon is seen as feminine, sometimes even as a goddess.

However I like your interpretation equally well!


Name: Chenise Crockett
Location: Portland, Oregon USA

Dear Bruce Coville, There was a book that I read in the 4th grade but I couldn’t remember the title of it. The only thing I remembered clearly was that it was about a girl with unicorns and that it was one of my favorites. I’d loved it so much that I went back to our tiny school library every day to beg the librarian to help me find the next book in the series (which was still unwritten at the time). 18 years later (2016), I finally searched “book with girl and unicorns” and was delighted to find it, as well as three more in the series! I ordered them through our local library and the first installment was placed into my hands…I recognized the cover instantly and wept in remembrance of the little girl I once was. The Unicorn Chronicles brought me back to the magic of my childhood. I devoured all four books as fast as they could order them and learned the rest of Cara’s story. How wonderfully satisfying! What an intriguing tale. I am in love with the world of Luster and wish there was a fifth edition as there is so much left for discovery. I also came to a curious realization that my deep love for the equine world began in elementary school. I was swept "into the land of horses" and have cared for my mare since I was 12 years old and she was only a filly. I am certain that Cara’s connection with Lightfoot inspired my eventual horse ownership and am in debt to you for setting my mind running with fantastical ideas and a true connection to animals. The purpose for this message is to thank you, Bruce, for your astounding imagination and for not giving up on completing this series. You can add me to what I’m sure is a very long list of grateful readers. Thank you.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 5:54:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, May 25, 2016:

Oh, Chenise, thank you so much for this message, which filled me with joy.

I have long been wracked with guilt over the great period of time it took me to finish the Unicorn Chronicles. But I also take great pride in the feeling that I brought the series home, so to speak. (Which is to say, I think I got the ending right. Unlike some series I could name . . . )

And the thought that the first book helped you establish your own connection to the equine world is almost too wonderful to contemplate. Thank you for sharing this with me!

All best,


Name: Samantha Johnson
Location: Eau Claire, Wisconsin United States

Hello Mr. Coville, My name is Sam Johnson, and I since I was a child I have been a fan of your Unicorn Chronicles series. I read them as a little girl and have since started reading them again, as I have been "re-vamped" to dive into some of my favorite stories since I have been back to school to earn a degree in Elementary Education. So thank you for feeding even further the imagination of someone who absolutely loves magic and fantasy. :) The only hardcover book copy I do not own is your most recent addition to the series, The Last Hunt. But I am having a most difficult time finding a copy. I was wondering if you know of any companies that still sell it for its release price, or if it will ever be re-published in another addition? Thank you very much for your time, and have a pleasant summer. Wishing you well, Sam

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 2:11:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, May 21, 2016:

Oh, I should add: My agent is working to get a reversion of rights to the series, and if we manage that they will eventually become available again, even if I have to publish them myself!


Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, May 21, 2016:

Hi, Sam -

I'm so sorry that you're having this problem with THE LAST HUNT. To my sorry and dismay, Scholastic put the book out of print without ever doing a paperback edition and the hardcovers are rare and expensive. It has been a source of great annoyance to many of my fans (and to me!)


Name: Heidi Richards
Location: Idaho Falls, ID USA

Hi Mr Coville! I hope all is well in your part of the woods. It's been awhile since I've been that way, but maybe someday I'll come visit. Anyway, I thought I'd pop my head in and say hello as it's been years since I did. I'm currently taking an online children's literature class to earn some credits for my teaching recertification coming up (it came up so quickly!) and we're currently on the topic of Modern Fantasy. At the beginning of the semester I signed up to do my book presentation for this week, and while I debated between several children's fantasy books to be my possible choice for my presentation, I finally chose to introduce your Into the Land of the Unicorn book as it is one of the first books that really got me interested in reading as a pre-teen (and into my teen years), especially in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. And it just so happens that I feel it meets the criteria for good modern fantasy too, which is exactly what I needed. ;) Thank you for being inspired to write this book and series. It is definitely one I have fond memories of. We will see what my classmates think of it as well. In case you were wondering, my other possible options were Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede and The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Baron. The latter starts moving closer to the YA range so I decided not to present that one. I also thought about Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series, but again, that seems like an older reader book, though one I really enjoyed as a young teen. So many good fantasy options to choose from! Oh, and by the way. This is like the second or third time I've now read Into the Land of the Unicorn, and this is probably the first time I noticed your theme about chains. I will be commenting on it in my presentation, but thought I'd ask what made you use the idea of chains within this story (the broken amulet chain, family chains, the Tinker's watch chains, etc)? I'll probably read the other books again just because I read the first one again, but I'm curious if you continued this theme in those books too? I thought it was very clever addition. It's always fun to find something new in an old favorite. Thanks again!

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 4:17:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, May 27, 2016:

Hi, Heidi -

Many thanks for this. I take special pleasure in knowing that someone who read one of my books as a kid still remembers and values it as an adult. It's one of the best things a kids' author can hope for!

Regarding chains - it's been a long time, so I can't swear I remember my thought process with perfect accuracy, but I suspect what happened was that once I had finished the first full draft I landed on chains as an image system because of the family ties that were such a strong aspect of the story. Chains seemed to be a perfect way to represent that idea.

Hope the presentation went well!

All best,


Name: Mike Drabicki
Location: Brookdale, CA USA

Mr. Coville, You helped me see the magic in the woods, the wonder in the air and the aliens under the rocks. I was fortunate to learn my backwards alphabet from you at Liverpool Elementary, a skill that astounds people and galactic travelers to this day. I know you influenced my love of science fictions and fantasy that keeps me curious with the world and awed by the possibilities of life. Thank You, Mike p.s. Your cautionary tale of wrists and rubber bands has been invaluable advice.

Monday, May 16, 2016 at 8:17:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, May 16, 2016:

Mike -

Oh, I can't tell you how this message delighted me. This pretty much condenses everything I wanted to do as a teacher!

It makes me very happy that we are still in touch.

Mr. C

Name: LE D.
Location: Normal, IL USA

I LOVE YOUR BOOKS. I am currently in 6th grade but back on 4th grade, my teacher's read aloud book was Goblins in the Caslte. I'd have to say that that is on my top ten books recommended books. I was reading past comments and I noticed that you said that there was a sequel to Goblins in the Castle. What is it called? Sad: In 4th grade when we read it, a lot of my classmates said the JK Rowling stole the Invisibilty Cloak idea from you. I know it isn't true because there is an Invisibilty cloak or potion in a lot of fantasy stories!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 6:55:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, May 12, 2016:

Hey there, LE D -

Thanks for this! I'm delighted that you remember GOBLINS so fondly. I know that a lot of teachers use it as a read aloud, which makes me happy. I wrote the first version of it when I was a fourth grade teacher myself, and used to read it to my classes!

Yes, there is indeed a sequel. It's called GOBLINS ON THE PROWL. This time the story is told by Fauna, and we learn the secret of the Stone Toad in Toad-in-a-Cage castle . . . and also Fauna's deepest secret. It's in hardcover right now, but will be coming out in paperback on July 5.

It's interesting that your classmates thought JK Rowling stole the idea of the Invisibility Cloak from me. I've often had the opposite problem - people don't read copyright dates, and think I stole it from her, even though this book was written long =before= Harry Potter!

The truth is, of course, exactly as you said - it's an idea that has been used many, many times.

Thanks again for stopping by!


Name: Laura Fox
Location: El Paso, TX USA

Thank you for encouraging young readers to develop their imagination. I teach first and second grade. I eagerly await to introduce my students to the Moongobble and Me series. They love them (As do I). I have had several students come back to me to ask the question "Are there going to be any more new books." So my question to you is, Are there going to be any more adventures for Edward? I do hope so.

Saturday, May 07, 2016 at 1:47:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, May 08, 2016:

Hi, Laura -

Thanks for this lovely message - I can't tell you how much fun my wife and I had doing the MOONGOBBLE books.

Alas, it does not look as if there will be any more adventures for Edward and Moongobble. It's too bad, as I sure would love to write more!

Please tell your students I said hello!


Name: Ms. Shum's Grade 4/5 Book Club
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Dear Mr. Colville, We chose to read Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher for our April book club. We all loved it. We would like to read more of your books. Richi thought the love note part was hilarious. Olivia liked when it when Jeremy thought the egg was a marble. Rifka liked it when the dragon was flying around his bedroom. Tasa thought the ending was touching - sad but in a good way. We would be SO excited if you would write back to us. Thanks, Your Fans in Cambodia

Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 9:15:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, April 30, 2016:

Ahoy Ms. Shum's Class! -

I am so glad to know that you loved JEREMY THATCHER! I did not realize it when I wrote this book, but I now think that out of my more than 100 stories this is the one that will be around longest after I am gone.

And that makes me happy, since I also love this book.

I loved knowing how Richi, Olivia, Rifka, and Tasa thought about the book.

Thank you for sending me your thoughts.

Your pal


Name: Mark Anthony
Location: Bellevue, WA United States

It's almost a rarity seeing guestbooks in an online capacity, seeing as how that used to be a big big thing back in the '90s when the internet was still in its infancy, and where the wind blew--every kid to adult had some geocities, angelfire, or some other groovy-looking website. But, it's funny how one thing can get you thinking of another, leading to another thing. Case and point, since Prince died--I started thinking about a whole list of people from my childhood I knew, especially book authors--hopefully, they were or are still kicking. Gary Paulsen, Donald J Sobol, Dav Pilkey, Louis Sachar, Beverly Cleary, many others. Then you... Bruce Coville. I encountered your name during my grade school years when I went with my dad to a local Value Village, and while browsing the used books section, I came across an eye-catching cover of a certain green alien, flanked by an displeased teacher and a dog. Space Brat. Bought that sucker at checkout, and your name became synonymous with "page-turner" for years to come. It was like transcribing a comic book into a cartoon show, into a picture book, back into a comic book, then into a written book. A book so simple and entertaining, reading wasn't so much a chore that teachers made you do during those reading sessions, and became more of a different world to visit if you were willing to give it that time... something like Interstellar the movie. And you knew it was good, because when you thought you were getting to the next page, you realized a whole 30 minutes had passed, finding yourself scrambling to get at least one more page in before going to a different class or lunch. But, it's hard enough finding time to get into books as a nine-to-fiver guy, but remembering that book definitely reminds me that having fun once in awhile, be it reading a book or something else will take years off the loaded shoulders. I bet you had more fun creating it than I did reading it. It's been years since then, and unfortunately I don't know what became of that book as I transitioned to an adult. Maybe one day, if you're still around and if the online store ends up working again--I'd like to get a signed copy from you as a nice reminder to keep the optimism alive in this day and age. Thanks a lot Bruce! See ya! -Mark Anthony

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 11:22:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, July 14, 2016:

Hi, Mark -

Sorry to take so long in responding. I usually answer the short messages pretty quickly. Unfortunately, I take longer to get a lengthy and thoughtful message such as yours, since I need to find a time when I'm not distracted by ten different things.

I was mordantly amused that it was the death of Prince that led you to think of me!

This: "It was like transcribing a comic book into a cartoon show, into a picture book, back into a comic book, then into a written book." is one my favorite things anyone has ever said about my books. Oddly, the "picture book" aspect of that is true, since I originally wrote SPACE BRAT to be a picture book. That was 39 years ago, and my editor at the time turned it down with this immortal rejection: "This Star Wars craze will never last."


Several years later I took the story out of the files and expanded it to the book that you read. It was turned down by several editors, and I put it away again. But my kids kept asking about it, so I was pretty sure that there was something there. And some years later, when I sent it to the right editor, she bought it overnight. Fastest acceptance I ever got!

Anyway, I'm delighted to know that you still remember it so fondly. And I hope my webmaster will get off his butt so we can get the online store working again!


Name: Raymart
Location: Philippines

Hi Mr. Coville, I'd love to see your Unicorn Chronicles turn into a film. Which studio do you think will make a great adaptation of the book? Your fans from the Philippnes, Raymart

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:07:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, April 14, 2016:

Hi, Raymart -

Thank you . . . I, too, would love to see the books filmed. When I was first writing them, I didn't think it was possible to make a good film, because the technology just wasn't advanced enough. However these days that is no longer an issue.

I think any of the majors could do a great job. The key to making fantasy films is to stay true to the book . . . that's one reason the Harry Potter movies did so well, so I would love to have Warner Bros. film these.

Alas, at this time, no studio is showing any interest . . .

All best,


Name: Atticus
Location: USA

Bruce, It was a long time ago that I was last here, under my old name. Now I am making a lot of changes in my life, including going to Grad school to get my Master's Degree in Library and Information Studies. Without you and your books, I don't think that I would be doing this. So I just wanted to thank you. And I wanted to thank you for Tar Gibbons and everything it taught me about gender before I knew who I was. Would the Tar maybe have a few words for someone struggling with a family that does not quite understand gender struggles? -Atticus, 25 years

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 8:07:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, April 25, 2016:

Hi, Atticus -

Sorry not to answer this more promptly. I've been trying to reach the Tar for some wisdom.

More on that in a moment. For now, I just want to say it's a happy surprise to hear from you, and I am delighted to know of your choice of profession. I think that in the world to come information will be our currency and librarians will be much more important than bankers. (Well, a guy can dream, can't he?)

And now from the Tar:

"Remember that who you are is not defined by others, but only by yourself. Those you love will not always find it easy to follow you, to understand you, to accept you. The best approach is what might be called, in human terms, "love-judo" -- love them so much it flips them over. Time is irrelevant. Only the heart matters. Your heart may be wounded, but knowing its own truth cannot be conquered by fear or misunderstanding. Stay strong, be calm, and let love be your northern star."

Don't know if that will help or not. The Tar can be somewhat cryptic at times.

Lovely to hear from you.


Name: damion carbone
Location: syracuse, new york USA

i was damion from nate perrys miss bissone mrs brown hope you doing good can i get a idea from you for a book

Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 8:00:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, April 10, 2016:

Hi, Damion -

Nice to hear from you. I really enjoyed my visit to your classroom.

Here's an idea: A boy accidentally turns his sister into a cat. What happens next?!?


Name: Aaron
Location: USA

Hi Bruce, How much were you involved with the My Teacher is an Alien PC Game? What did you think about it overall? I rented it from my library as a young kid and loved it. It led me to read the series and then all of your other alien-related books obsessively. Eventually I even branched out to reading books by other authors that weren't about aliens haha. But it all started with that game. I still catch myself humming that funky opening tune from time to time. Thanks for all the memories, Aaron

Saturday, April 09, 2016 at 7:52:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Sunday, April 10, 2016:

Hi, Aaron -

I didn't have a lot to do with it . . . writing games isn't in my skill set. I did play it some, to see what they had done with my book, and it seemed like a lot of fun. I'm really glad to know you enjoyed it so much! It delights me that you still remember it so fondly!


Name: Anna
Location: USA

You have really good books.

Thursday, April 07, 2016 at 3:44:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, April 07, 2016:

Thank you, Anna!

Name: Anna
Location: USA

You have really good books.

Thursday, April 07, 2016 at 3:44:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, July 30, 2016:

Thanks, Anna!

Name: damion carbone
Location: syracuse, new york USA

im really a big fan of your magic shop books

Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 6:10:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Saturday, March 12, 2016:

Thanks, Damion! They were really hard to write, but I think they're also some of the best work I've ever done, so it's good to know you like them so much.

Name: Paul
Location: USA

Hi Bruce, I love how schlocky 50's Sci-Fi B-Movies so clearly influenced both the titles and plots of most of your books! P.S- The current cover art is terrific- very eye-catching! But I distantly remember the old (circa 1990) "kids peering into the school window" cover for "My Teacher Is An Alien" was delightfully freaky! -Paul.

Tuesday, March 08, 2016 at 7:18:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, March 09, 2016:

Hi, Paul -

Oh, yeah - I am definitely a child of my times. Glad you like the new covers for the MY TEACHER series. It took me a while to get used to them - I really liked the originals. But the feedback has been very good and I've slowly learned to love them.

Name: Ava Weber
Location: Wentzville, USA

What is your most famous book that you wrote?

Friday, March 04, 2016 at 6:25:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Friday, March 04, 2016:

That would be, without question, MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN.


Name: Mike
Location: Long island, NY USA

Bruce, I just found out that Monsters Ring from cbs Storybreak is on YouTube!! Have you seen its. It's the first time I've seen it since it originally aired..thoughts??

Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:48:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Thursday, February 25, 2016:

Hi, Mike -

Huh. I just looked for it but couldn't find it. I never saw it when it was originally broadcast -- our local CBS Station showed bowling instead! I did finally get to see it last year, can't remember now where I found it. I wasn't crazy about it, but I didn't hate it, either.


Name: Kate
Location: Chicago, IL USA

Bruce, I’m currently in the middle of a text message exchange with with my brother about our deep and abiding love for your book Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. (It’s worth mentioning that he is a Very Serious 30-something intellectual property attorney in NYC.) I suspect that, no matter how old we get, talking about (or rereading, which I do once every few years) that book will always bring me true joy. Reading has been one of my greatest pleasures in life, and I am so grateful to the authors who wrote my favorites. Thank you so much for your work; it has made my life much richer.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 11:32:00 AM


Bruce Coville replied on Wednesday, February 24, 2016:

Kate -

This put a big smile on my face. One thing to know that someone remembers a book fondly - another thing altogether to know that you and your brother are still talking about it!

Though JEREMY is not my all time bestseller, I do firmly believe it is the book that will most outlast me. Messages like this one help confirm that thought.

Thanks for taking the time to write. And give my regards to your brother!

All best,


Name: Kash Mooney
Location: Sylvan Lake, AB Canada

My name is Kash Mooney I'm 14 and go to Ecole Mother Teresa School. When I was younger I didn't care for books that much. One day I was in the library and I found your book Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. I read the back and it seemed interesting, so I brought it home and read it once, twice, and even more times after that. For three years until Grade 6 I continued to reread it in between other novels. The fantasy is what it brought to me because I could escape and forget about chores and school and my life for a little bit. After I read your book I enjoyed reading more. Thanks for taking the time to read this! Kash

Monday, February 22, 2016 at 5:01:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, February 22, 2016:

Hey, Kash -

You caught me at just the right time! Sometimes messages on the Guestbook languish a bit till I get to them, but I was working on it tonight when this came in.

Can't tell you how much it delights me to know that JEREMY THATCHER was such a big part of your life. I have long believed that of all my more than 100 books, this is the one that will be around longest after I am gone.

Thanks for stopping by to say hello!


Name: Isabella
Location: USA

Dear Mr. Coville, I loved your books as a kid. Into the Land of the Unicorns was one of the very first books I ever read by myself. (I was so proud of myself after I read it! I then proceeded to reread it again and again for the next couple of years). My copy of that book suffered many a wear and tear. I remember waiting impatiently for The Song of the Wanderer to come out and, once it did, rereading it over and and over again. Today, many, many years later, I stumbled on your books again at the library. I'm a student teacher for English right now, and I was trying to find ways to make Shakespeare accessible to students who are reading far below grade level. Once I saw your name on Macbeth, I knew I had to check the book out. And then I wished I could send you a message of gratitude (little did I know you actually use and check your guestbook! I was so happy to discover this when I got home!). Thank Mr. Coville. You were one of the very first authors I met through the pages of a book, and you are undoubtably one of the authors that made me fall in love with reading. Sincerely, Isabella

Friday, February 19, 2016 at 1:49:00 PM


Bruce Coville replied on Monday, February 22, 2016:

Hi, Isabella -

Many thanks for this wonderful message. I take great delight in the thought of you reading the unicorn books over and over again. Did you know that I finally finished the series? Though the original contract was for three books, it actually took four for me to get all the way through the story. Nearly broke my brain doing it, too. They just got bigger and bigger as I went on.

It also delights me to know that you are training to teach. I spent seven years in the classroom, teaching second grade, and then fourth, and they were some of the best years of my life. It is a great and honorable profession, and I hope your work with students will bring you much joy.

All best,


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