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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!
In 1994 (I was in Grade 3) I bought a copy of My Teacher is an Alien at my school's used book sale for something like fifty cents. I read it twice or three times that year, I loved it so much. I remember being so enthralled with the concept you explored in that series that I read the sequels immediately, taking them out from the library as soon as they were available. At some point my parents must have bought me copies, because I just found them on a shelf at home and was flooded with wonderful childhood memories.
So now I'm reading them to my eight-year-old son, who is a total space and sci-fi junkie and is absolutely loving them! Thanks so much for giving the world this terrific and imaginative series, challenging us all to look to the stars and then look back at ourselves from an outside perspective. I'm certain your books helped shape the child I was to become the man and father I am today.
Many warm regards,
Thanks in advance!
I think it was a sequel to another book or story.
I am one of the "OG" readers of your Unicorn Chronicles. I was 9 yrs old when the first book came out in 1994 and I was immediately captivated, re-reading it many times in the years that followed. I've written in your guestbook before and was so excited when you announced you finally had the rights to re-publish the books (since I never got a chance to read the 4th book due to Scholastic never publishing in paperback and letting the hardback go out of print). Though I am 37 yrs old now, I was so enchanted by my first and subsequent visits to Luster, that over the last few decades I would once in a while check on the status of this series. So today, I happened to check on whether the final books had been published, and - hooray!! What a treat to discover book 7 was published just in December! Now I suppose I'll wait for a box set or something, but I'm just so happy to finally be able to own the full series, and to finally read the ending of the saga (books 5-7 I believe, in the new split).
I'm sure it's apparent how much this series has meant to me. Thank you Bruce, for persevering through all these years, all the challenges of finishing the series, re-arranging them, and re-publishing! It is so worth it!
Much love, from your longtime fan,
I wanted to drop a note to thank you for sparking a generational love of dragons and goblins and mystery. I found your work long ago and it opened so much to me that I wouldn't be who I am today without. Many years later I've spent a few years reading those same gifts to my kids and watched them overjoyed with possibility. I've watched Igor live again and heard the snap of dragon wings. No reply necessary, just a quiet 'Thank you', Sir.
Our 3rd Grade Class read Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher and enjoyed it very much. We think that other kids will like it, too. Our class found it interesting that Tiamat and Jeremy had the same feelings at the same time because they were connected through pictures and thoughts.
And here are some of our favorite parts:
- We thought the poem in the dragon hatching instruction sheet was catchy. It was fascinating and heartwarming. We like how Tiamat and Jeremy were reconnected on All Hallow’s Eve.
- The scene where Tiamat messed up the dinner table was hilarious. We laughed when Mr.Thatcher got knocked head first into the mashed potato bowl.
- We also thought it was really funny when Tiamat gave Mr. Kravitz a hot foot.
We have a few questions for you:
- Are you planning to work on a Jeremy Thatcher series?
- Which book did you enjoy writing the most?
- What is your favorite part of writing a book?
Thank you for making awesome books for us to read!
Ms. B’s 3rd Grade Class