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Emily from Newark, NJ wrote on July 9, 2022
Hi there Mr. Coville,

I read Into the Land of the Unicorns when I was in 3rd or 4th grade in 1999/2000, and thought I'd look you up to see what you're up to and tell you about how your books influenced me as a kid, and how special they were.

Into the Land of the Unicorns was my first real chapter book, and from then on I just couldn't stop reading, and writing. I've been writing creatively ever since. I remember being so amazed at how immersed I was in Cara's world, and how it felt like I had traveled to Luster, too. I read whatever I could from the series at my library, and then read Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher. I'll never forget that book either, because in 5th grade I had the version of the book with a tiny Tiamat next to an egg on the cover, and I tried to recreate that picture by drawing it myself. I was so proud of how it came out that I showed my teacher, asking if it was good, and she said, "I don't think it's good--I think it's incredible, and you are a real artist with a lot of talent."

I never stopped drawing after that, and hundreds of my first pictures were pictures of dragons. I put your name down every time someone asked me who my favorite author was, and when I did a report on my favorite author in 7th grade and wrote to you, you wrote back to me with a personalized letter. I was so thrilled! All of this is to say that I wouldn't be a writer, or an artist, today without those books.

I'm about to turn 31 in a few weeks, and a lot has happened since those days. But despite all of the craziness in the last 20 years, the whimsy, fantasy, and joy your books gave me all those years ago stayed with me. No matter how hard it got out there, I knew reading would always be there to enjoy. I write for a living now (but in a lawyer-y way and not the fun way), I have a digital painting canvas, and I've got folders full of planning for my first novel. It's been a dream of mine to inspire a kid the way you inspired me when I was a new kid in town, and poor enough that the library was where my parents took us for a fun weekend activity. I think about the kids growing up today, and I think they could use a little bit of joy and whimsy now more than ever, and I can only hope to give them a fraction of what you gave me! I've had a lot of stops and starts with writing over the years but remembering your books today, and all those memories, has reminded me how important fantasy and imagination is, no matter how old you are.

Anyway. I hope this wasn't too long or rambling, or too out of left field, haha. And there are new books in the Unicorn Chronicles! I can't believe it. You KNOW I'm going to have to get them haha--one day I want my own kids to read them, too. Thank you for all you do!

Emily P.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Emily -

Many thanks for this wonderful and thoroughly heart-lifting message! I cannot tell you how it delights me that Luster has stayed alive within your heart. Even more delightful is knowing that the books have inspired you to want to inspire children of the next generation. That is a truly beautiful and worthwhile goal, and I wish you much joy in the pursuit of it!

All good wishes,
Jennifer from Rochester, NY wrote on May 19, 2022
I discovered the Nine Tanleven books as a grade schooler just learning to read. I read (and re-read, and re-read...) them growing up. As an adult I found an old set at a book sale and have enjoyed the stories every bit as much as I did nearly thirty years ago. Some books just stay with you for the long haul. Thank you for these wonderful stories. Cheers!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Jennifer -

Many thanks for this lovely message. The Nina ("Nine") Tanleven books are very close to my heart, partly because I based Nine and her dad upon my daughter and myself. And their house is based on the house we were living in at the time I wrote them. It delights me to know that the books still hold up for you!

All best,
Rita from Seattle wrote on April 28, 2022
I first read Into the Land of the Unicorns years and years ago, and it's always been one of my favorites, so I've been trying to track down the books again in ebook format, as I need the text-enlargening features, as much as I prefer physical books. I found the first two and the 3rd-book-split-into-two easily, but I can't find The Last Hunt anywhere as an ebook. Does it not exist as an ebook? Will it ever be turned into one or more ebooks?
Thank you!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Rita -

The fourth book, THE LAST HUNT, will now be split into three parts, making them books 5, 6, and 7 and the revised series. Book 5 is now available, under the title of THE INVASION OF LUSTER. Book 6, which will be called THE WOUNDED TREE is almost ready. Then it's on to Book 7, which I have not yet titled, but which will reveal all the secrets and mysteries and wrap up the story. Hope you'll enjoy these!

Tracy from Lewiston wrote on April 28, 2022
please write more books in the unicorn chronicles!!!
Reply by Bruce Coville
I have many ideas for more books about Luster, but I am not sure I will actually be writing any of them. Sorry. BC
Tracy from Lewiston wrote on April 28, 2022
thank you so much for your reply! I just re-downloaded the Guardian of Memory (which for some reason my kindle decided to remove?!) and i also poked around the internet and found another ebook called After the Third kiss and am excited to read more about Graumag's story as I fell in love with her liike I did with Lady Fire Throat. I know I told you before when I posted that I read Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher that I've never been big on dragons, But I Love Yours!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Tracy -
I hope you'll enjoy Graumag's story. The basis for it is in an old English ballad called by various names, but that I read as "The Laidly Worm of Spindlestone" when I was a kid. It was a tale that always stuck with me, and when I was asked to write a story for a book called DRAGONS I got to wondering what it was like to have been turned into a dragon and then turned back again. This story is my answer to that question!
Tracy from Lewiston wrote on April 26, 2022
I have a question about the Unicorn Chronicles, it looks like your remarking them in smaller books (at least according to your sale page) and I just wanted to make sure I have them all! I have Into the Land of the Unicorns, Song of the Wanderer, Dark Whispers and The Last Hunt in hardback ,the ebook, the boy with silver eyes and the audiobook.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi Tracy -
Yep, you've got them all. I'm splitting up books 3 and 4 so that the new set will be more balanced. I've made some minor edits and changes but I think you are fine with the ones you have. There is one more short story - "The Guardian of Memory" - that you should probably get.

All best
Kellan Morehouse from Hudson Falls wrote on April 4, 2022
Are you going to make more books?
Reply by Bruce Coville
I certainly hope so!!
Kelly from St. John's, NL wrote on February 12, 2022
I first read Into the Land of the Unicorn and Song of the Wanderer when I was in 5th grade. I was having a conversation with friends today about the most impactful books on our lives, and these two came to my mind immediately. They drove my interest in fantasy from that point on, and through a butterfly-effect have deeply influenced my life as an adult, even 20 years later (I still use a name from Song of the Wanderer as my username for everything online!). Imagine my surprise when I searched for the series online to find out that you've written three more books since then!! Can't wait to read them!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Kelly -

Many thanks for this delightful message. I have felt guilty for years over how long it took me to finish the Unicorn series. The only justification I have for the unconscionable lagtime is that I felt an urgent need to get it right! I hope they will live up to your expectations!

Many good wishes,
Jeffrey R. Poulin III from Concord, NC wrote on December 6, 2021
I love your books. I became a fan because my mother in 1991 was giving the book Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by her library teacher. It was the first book she ever read by herself, and she loved it so much that 26 years later when I was 6 she gave it to me for my birthday. We read it every night. When I was 10 I read it again all by myself.
I love your book because it has dragons and a sense of adventure. I loved the part when hatched the dragon Tiamat and all the trouble they got into. This book inspired me to make a little a book about a dragon named Havoc leaving his cave for the first time in a world without dragons, and he meets a dragon that lives in the ocean. I want to read more of your books, but Jeremy Thatcher will always be my favorit.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Dear Jeffrey -

First off, my apologies for taking so long to respond to this lovely message. The guestbook is supposed to send me a notification when anyone posts a new message, but sometimes the system messes up and I don't get the alert.

It makes me truly happy to know that both you and your mom have gotten such enjoyment from reading JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER. I have published over a hundred books, and if I had to guess which one will be around longest after I am gone, JEREMY would be the one I would point to.

It especially pleases me to know that you were inspired to write your own dragon book. I urge you to save that book - it will mean a lot to you in years to come!

All good wishes,
Derek Knight from Catharpin, Virginia wrote on November 26, 2021
Dear Mr. Coville-

Thank you so much for writing and continuing to write such excellent books. The empathy and sensitivity you have for children in all types of family situations shines through your work, and was especially comforting to me as a child of divorce when most protagonists of the books I read either had married parents or were orphans.

Ten years after first picking up your BOOK OF NIGHTMARES I'm still freaked out by "There's Nothing Under the Bed," a true testament to your craft (and probably the story most responsible for setting me down the path of the horror fan, moreso than any other children's horror). I also loved your unicorn stories---both the Chronicles and A Glory of Unicorns. Your adamant insistence on unicorns as creatures of innocence and freedom was unique in my experience---as a teen and even now as a post-adolescent reader the trend seems to be that pure, sincere appreciation of magical creatures is for dorks, and that cool kids only read about unicorns (or dragons, or aliens) that are dangerous and "edgy."

Perhaps that's just nostalgia talking. What I mean to say is, your works have impacted me deeply, and now as a twenty-one-year-old I still hold a special place in my heart for them. The people who manage to make it to your website and work up the courage to leave a note in the guest book are but a fraction of the number you have touched in an immensely positive way.

I hope you and yours are in good health, and thank you again for being such a light in the world.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Dear Derek -
First off, my sincere apologies for being so tardy in responding. The Guestbook is supposed to send me an email to alert me when someone posts here, but sometimes the system gets wonky and I don't find out. I am very sorry for the delay.
I got a kick out of your memories of "There's Nothing Under the Bed." I think it's the scariest story I ever wrote. (Years after she worked on it, my editor told me she still had nightmares about it sometimes!)
Your appreciation for the Unicorn Chronicles, and my portrayal of the unicorns, speaks to me deeply. I realized way back in high school that I was a "dork" and there really wasn't anything I could do about it, so I've tried to embrace that identity (which, despite the sneering attitude behind the term I think has a great deal of positive and good energy).
I truly appreciate this message. I hope you are well and thriving, and I wish you much joy in your life.