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Dear Bruce Coville,
I’m in 4th grade and in W.I.N reading group we read The Monster’s Ring. It was one of the best books I’ve read and trust me I love to read! Now, I’m planning on reading another one of your books with Mr. Elives Magic Shop. What is your favorite book you wrote? I’ve only read one of your books (The Monster’s Ring ) and it was probably my favorite. Please write back.
Sincerely, Cecilia Allbritton
Dear Bruce Coville,
I am a huge fan of your books! I am a fourth grade student and we just finished reading one of your books, The Monster’s Ring. It was one of the best books I’ve ever read. I plan on reading more of your books with Mr. Elives! I also have some questions for you.
What is your favorite book that you wrote?
What is your most popular book?
What is your favorite about being an author
How do you find time to write your books?
I have a few more questions for you to answer. What is your favorite color? My favorite color is navy blue. I would like to know if we have the same music interests. What is your favorite song? Mine is called Monster by Skillet.
I bought a copy of Into the Land of the Unicorns at my elementary school’s Scholastic book fair in 1994. I was 8 or 9 at the time and was sold by the beautiful cover art. I loved books back then and read a lot but I think that was the first book that truly immersed me in its world and left a lasting impact on my life and imagination. I’m not a skilled writer like yourself so it’s hard for me to convey how special that book was to me at that time in my life. But just know it completely captivated me and gave me sense of wonder and magic in the world that I can still feel when I look at that cover today.
It also left a HUGE hole in my heart when I realized there wasn’t a sequel to read in the months and years to follow! It ate away at me for so long! And after several more years of searching (many in the days before the internet) I gave up hope of ever finding out what happened next. I figured maybe the series had been abandoned. HA, how wrong was I?!
Luckily, I kept that book fair copy for just about 30 years now…and this week, I started reading it to my four year old daughter. She gets so excited to read it each night, and so do I. Even my husband has found himself invested in the story. Well as we near the end of the book I decided to try one more search in hopes of finding a sequel after all these years. And to my delight I find that it is indeed a complete series! And now here I am reading these other wonderful comments from readers with experiences so similar to mine. It makes my heart so happy.
Bruce, to be able to complete this adventure after 30 years brings me such an odd sense of peace. And to share it with my daughter makes it so much more magical. Your story is something that is so instilled in my childhood and I am so enthralled that I get to continue the journey with her.
Thank you for bringing so much joy and magic and wonder into the lives of so many. You’ve left a lasting impact on this world and I hope you’re proud of your prolific career!
Just saying hello.
I still remember the trip I took to Barnes and Noble with my dad in 2005 when I was in 5th grade and saw Into the Land of the Unicorns for the first time. I read that book so many times, that my original copy is falling apart.
Shortly thereafter I bought the book titled the Unicorn Chronicles, which had Into the Land of the Unicorns and Song of the Wanderer combined. I remember doing a major book report based on the book. At that time, the two final books of the series had not been published yet and I was left hungering for more...
Fast forward into my adulthood, I was a nanny for two boys and decided I wanted to share my favorite childhood book with them and to read to them from my books. My hunger reactivated, I decided to go look to see if any more books had ever been published in the series. To my astonishment, two more books existed! The second two books were apparently out of print at the time, and were insanely expensive to buy used, so instead I bought the CD set of all four books, and me and the boys enjoyed them together.
(I really appreciated the fact that you recorded the books with your own voice and a full cast audio, it was amazing.)
Reading the books again as an adult, when at a point in my life I had transitioned from reading fiction into reading spiritual and self-help type books, I was so moved by the spiritual symbolism underneath the story. Especially the final two books, where I learned about the whisperer. The series nestled even deeper into my heart.
Now I am a mother, and beyond ecstatic to discover that you are selling it in a box set! I will be getting this for my daughter for Christmas this year.
I just wanted to say thank you for your amazing book series that has made such a major impression in my heart and soul. Recently at a seminar I was in, an ice-breaker question to answer and get to know the group was what super power would you have, and my answer was the Gift of Tongues that was Cara's boon from Firethroat.
I have been thinking of the book series for a while now and wanting to re-read it, but the reason I am here signing this now is because I just bought a book for my 30th birthday on 11/11 at the used bookstore called The Search for the Beloved, it's a book about sacred psychology, and in this book in the first couple of chapters she mentions the Centaur Chiron as the teacher of Asclepios... Legend has it that the Centaur Chiron trained Asclepios in the art of healing, and then Asclepios became the greatest healer known to ancient Greece. To say my mind was blown, is an understatement. Your book has been a major part of my spiritual journey. Then just last night while telling a friend about the book I'm reading and mentioning the synchronicity between the two books, she mentioned that Unicorns are a symbol of Christ Consciousness, and so I am excited to embark on a journey back into Luster as I share it with my four year old daughter this holiday season, to get an even deeper spiritual download as I interpret the story through a deeper symbolic lens.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for these marvelous books and the inspiration they continuously give me in my life.
Our third grade class absolutely loved reading Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher. We enjoyed many different parts of the story. We thought Mary Lou’s letter to Jeremy at the beginning of the book was hysterically humorus. We really liked when Tiamat blew fire on Mr. Kravitz’s foot. We laughed a lot when Mr. Kravitz started hopping on one foot like a crazy person. Our class felt sad when Jeremy had to leave Tiamat so she could return to her dragon realm, but we loved the Epilogue where Jeremy could see Tiamat in her world.
We have a few questions that we were wondering about:
1. Can you make a second book about Jeremy Thatcher where Tiamat comes back? What book are you going to write next?
2. What inspired you to write this story?
3. Why did you want to be a writer?
4. What is your favorite book that you have published?
Thank you for writing an amazing and creative story!
Ms. B's 3rd Grade Class
Fast forward about 30 years, and now my brother has kids about the same age as we were when we first discovered your stuff, and for some reason your books popped into my head again. Thanks for the hours of enjoyment you gave us and our friends we shared the books with; something tells us that our next generation in our family will like them as much as we did!