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Jennifer Reilly wrote on November 12, 2021
I've been reading the unicorn chronicles since I was in the 7th grade (1996). I still have my original copy of Into The Land Of The Unicorns. I recently started reading them to my 5 year old before bed and he is absolutely in love. His favorite character, of course, is the squijum.
I hadn't known that there was a fourth book and was very upset to see it was going for $100 on ebay. I'm SO excited that it's being re-released. I cannot wait to get to reading it with my son. We're just finishing up Dark Whispers, but I'm thinking of going back and reading Enter The Whisperer and Secret Of The Delvers.
I'm so thankful for this series and all the joy it brought me as a child and that it is now bringing my child!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Greetings, Jennifer!

Thanks for this lovely message. I cannot tell you how it delights me that you are reading this to your 5 year old and that he loves them. That said, I should warn you that as the series goes on it does become darker. I mean, the threat of Beloved is real, and it escalates.

Bringing back the series has been a true joy, but was also more difficult than I anticipated, as I am working diligently to make the stories even better and more cohesive!

Thanks for sticking with me for all these years! Also, please tell your son I said hello!

All good wishes,
Ms. Bachmuth from Los Angeles wrote on November 8, 2021
Dear Bruce Coville,

Thank you for writing Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. We love your adventurous and magical tale. We enjoyed reading about how Jeremy finds Mr. Elive’s Magic Shop and raises Tiamat.

Here are some of our favorite parts:

We loved the part when Tiamat visits the dinner table. We roared with laughter when Mr. Thatcher dunked his head in the mashed potatoes. We also liked the part where Tiamat gives the art teacher, Mr. Kravitz, a hot foot. Hilarious!
Finally, it was so humorous when Mary Lou gave Jeremy the Love Letter of Doom, but very embarrassing for Jeremy.

Here are a few questions we have:

1. Why is Tiamat’s egg multicolored, but Tiamat isn’t?
2. Why did Tiamat choose Jeremy?
2. What happens to Jeremy after the book ends? Will Jeremy have the connection with Tiamat until he dies?
4. What other books of yours do you recommend we read next? We have read The Monster’s Ring and Jeremy Thatcher.

We would love it if you could please try to write another book with Jeremy Thatcher in it. How about a book where Jeremy Thatcher gets the ring and Russell Crannaker gets Tiamat? A swapping book? Or, what if Jeremy meets Russell?

Ms. Bachmuth’s Third Grade Class
Reply by Bruce Coville
Ahoy Ms. Bachmuth's Third Grade!

I am so delighted to know that you are enjoying JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER. I truly believe that out of the 105 books I have published, this is the one more likely to live on after I am gone.

It makes me happy to know that you enjoyed the dinner table scene, because I had so much fun writing it. It made me laugh out loud when I was working on it, which doesn't happen all that often!

About your questions:

1. Why is Tiamat’s egg multicolored, but Tiamat isn’t?
A. The egg is a swirl of colors because Tiamat is not finished developing. Once she has, her color settles.

2. Why did Tiamat choose Jeremy?
A. When Jeremy came into Mr. Elives' shop he was the right person at the right time. Because of his dad he had some knowledge about how to deal with animals, and also (and more important) he had an open heart!

3. What happens to Jeremy after the book ends? Will Jeremy have the connection with Tiamat until he dies?
A. I purposefully left that unanswered, so that each reader can fill in the answer for her or his self.

4. What other books of yours do you recommend we read next? We have read The Monster’s Ring and Jeremy Thatcher.
A. I would definitely say that you should go on to JENNIFER MURDLEY'S TOAD!

I do not know if I will ever writer another Magic Shop book. I do sometimes think about having some of the Magic Shop kids get together.

Thanks again for being such faithful readers. May your lives to come be filled with a bazillion fabulous books!

Your friend,
Bruce Coville
Ms. Bachmuth from Los Angeles wrote on November 5, 2021
Dear Bruce Coville,

The Monster’s Ring is an outstanding book! Our third grade class listened to your audio book. It was amazing how the actors acted out all the characters’ voices. Russell’s voice as a monster was perfect. The fact that this story is about Russel Crannaker and a dangerous ring inspired our class to write this letter to you. We loved many parts of this story. Here are some of our favorite parts:
1. When Russell was scaring all the children out of their pants at his school
2. Russell’s second twist of the ring where he grows fangs, horns, and fur
3. Russell’s adventure back home in his birthday suit

We have two questions for you:
Do Russell’s parents know that he turned into a beast with flames?
Will Russell ever use the ring again?

We would love to know if you could make a series of books for The Monster’s Ring. How about Jeremy Thatcher’s Ring?

You are a great author!

Your Third Grade Readers
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi there, Ms. Bachmuth's Class!

Thanks for the kind words about THE MONSTER'S RING. The book has a special meaning for me because it was the very first novel I published . . . and because it's where I found the Magic Shop, which has now been in 5 books altogether. Recording the audiobook version of it was a super fun project!

As to your questions:
1)Russell's parents do NOT know about his big transformation . . . and if Russell has his way, they never will!

2) There is a hint at the end of the book that Russell will not need to use the ring again . . . that he is going to have a transformation every time there is a full moon!

When the book was first published I wanted to write a sequel, but my editor was not interested. I felt bad about that, but then decided to write not sequels but "companion" books - other stories that start out with the Magic Shop. That actually turned out to be a pretty good plan.

Thanks for the message! Have a great November . . . and keep reading! (And listening!)

your friend,
Bruce Coville
Monnie Fishel from Summerville wrote on October 25, 2021
I began reading your books when my daughter was in elementary school. She is now 38 years old. We absolutely loved the Unicorn Chronicles. However we missed book 4. I just saw it, and can't wait to hear end of Cara's story. I have been rereading the first three books before reading the last one. My question is I have an original of Book III, Dark Whispers. Would it be better to read the new, revised book 3 before reading The Secrets of the Delver or is it OK to just read Dark Whispers then Book 4? Thank you from a long time lover of you books, Monnie Fishel
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi Monnie -

It fills me with delight to know that you have held on to your love for the Unicorn Chronicles for all these years! Thank you.

To explain the new arrangement: as I bring the books back into print on my own, I am following a suggestion from my designer and splitting up the "big books" to make for a more uniform set. DARK WHISPERS has been split into two parts - ENTER THE WHISPERER and SECRET OF THE DELVERS. The first part has minor tweaks but SECRET (which is now Book 4) has 5 new chapters. They do not substantially alter the story, but the do cover what Lightfoot was doing during the second half of DARK WHISPERS, which was sadly missing in the original book.

What was originally Book 4 (THE LAST HUNT) was a single enormous volume that I am not splitting into three parts. Thus, they will become books 5, 6, and 7 in what will end up being the first uniform edition of the Chronicles. Book 5 (tentatively titled THE INVASION OF LUSTER) will be gong to the designer soon. It has one new chapter that fills in a transfer of information between Lightfoot and Ian Hunter.

I just finished a first pass read of Book 6, which I have not yet titled, which will be the middle section of the original LAST HUNT. Tomorrow I will begin a first pass read of the final third (again still untitled) with the goal of having all three of them out and available before the end of the year. Some of the earlier volumes required far more editing and revising than I had anticipated. I am hoping these final three will be more tractable, though I will probably be writing 15 to 20 pages of new material for Volume 6.

WHEW! I hope that wasn't too confusing. It's been a long process, but I have loved being back in Luster, working with these books again, and bringing them to a new level of consistency and polish!

All good wishes

Sarah Ferrara from CLAREMORE, OK wrote on October 10, 2021
Hello old friend! As far I’m concerned you have always been around my library. (I just hit the big 40!) I toted Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher with me from childhood into adulthood- from apartment to first house. I’m a natural reader - so you can imagine my worry when my first born child- my precious son- hated independent reading. Begging, pleading, bribing- I tried it all. I felt like a failure. This continued until one day I decided to gift him my copy of JTDH. The rest my dear friend is history. He now devours books, and has about worn out the much loved copy. So I’m ordering him a new copy and one for my daughter- who seems to have inherited the reluctant reader gene. I’m sure your magic can set her on the path of reading too! The original one will be wrapped up and tucked away in my trunk- maybe I will need it again some day for grandkids!

Thank you for your presence in my life- I wish you so much happiness!

Love and admiration,
Reply by Bruce Coville
Dear Sarah -
First off, my apologies for not responding more promptly. The Guestbook has been, shall we say, erratic in notifying me of new messages!
That said, I cannot tell you how it delights me that JEREMY has stayed with you all these years . . . and even more that it was the book that opened the door of reading for your son. Seriously, what better affirmation could an author want than to know that a book has converted a non-reader?!
I hope that it will work the same magic for your daughter.
One of the best things about living as long as I have now (there are some definite downsides) is being a two-generation author. I love being passed from parent to child!
Please tell your young'uns I said hello!

All best
Dwayne Johnson from Austintown wrote on September 9, 2021
Hi this is Dwayne Johnson No this is not the rock this is a normal 5th grader my teacher said I can do this. My class is a good class, but anyway i am a huge fan of My teacher is a alien the whole class loves it but i just wanted to tell you that Byeeee.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hey Dwayne -

Thanks for this. Really glad to know that your whole class is enjoying MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN. I've written over a hundred books, but very few of them were as much fun to write as that one was! You might be amused to know that Duncan is based on a real kid I had as a student back when I was a fourth grade teacher. Give my regards to your own teacher, and your classmates as well.

Craig Jones from Flowery Branch Georgia wrote on September 4, 2021
Mr. Coville,
Thank you for your years dedicated to helping youngsters learn to love reading. I am one of those youngsters, though many years on now, and now my precocious 6 year old daughter is too. We just finished reading Monster of the Year together, and she loved it! I remember reading and re-reading it many nights well past the time I was supposed to be asleep (and I’m now learning that while I thought I was pulling a fast one, my parents 100% knew), so it was an easy choice as to which of your books to read with her first. She loved the all of the Monsters, but really felt bad for poor Goony. She was rooting for him to win the Monster of the Year contest right up until the end. I don’t know if we’re ready yet for Goblins in the Castle, and she already snuck-read The Teacher Fried My Brains, but I can’t wait to continue to share your works with her. Thank you !
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hey, Craig -

Many thanks for this message, which completely delighted me. Very few books have been as much fun for me to write as MONSTER OF THE YEAR was, and it's wonderful to know that it still has the power to amuse.

One of the benefits of being around as long as I have now is that I get to hear from guys like - guys who loved the books and now share them with their own kids. When I was a young father, reading to my kids was one of my greatest joys. So knowing that other dads are now sharing my books with their own kids in the same way makes me extremely happy.

Please tell your daughter I said hello . . . and Happy Reading!

Robyn wrote on September 3, 2021
Hi, I was reminiscing about books I enjoyed as a kid and I realized that at least 80% of them were written by you. I was obsessed with aliens at the time and read just about every alien-related thing you wrote. I still have a couple on my shelf. Anyway I just wanted to say thanks for making my childhood interesting. Your books were a huge influence for me. I see now you actually did non-alien works so I might have to check those out as well!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Robyn -

Many thanks for this. When I was first starting, I wanted kids to read my books. Now that I've been doing this for 40 years (!!) one of the things that delights me most is hearing from adults who remember the books with fondness.

I hope you'll enjoy some of the other books if you start to sample them. Two I would suggest for starters are JEREMY THATCHER, DRAGON HATCHER and GOBLINS IN THE CASTLE. And in case you didn't catch them the first time around, my publisher is re-releasing all 12 books in the SIXTH GRADE ALIEN series with fabulous new cover art!

Thanks for reading . . . and remembering!

Have a lovely autumn.

Caroline Lavaroni wrote on August 10, 2021
Hi Bruce! Like many others here, I discovered the world of Luster as a kid a few years younger than Cara herself and grew up rereading my copies of ItLotU and SotW so much that they fell apart. I never, ever forgot how much I wanted to return there and complete the story, and Dark Whispers ended up being the greatest present for my high school graduation! But unfortunately I was never able to get my hands on The Last Hunt - I was stubborn and wanted to wait for a paperback release to match the ones on my shelf. By the time I realized there wouldn't be one, the hardcover copies had skyrocketed in price. I've only recently seen the new self-pub editions going up, plus with the added bonus of new chapters. Paperback copies of the new Into the Land are already no longer listed here the UK, however. I don't want to go through more heartbreak as I try to finish the darn series, haha. Is there going to be a complete collection or, like, a boxed set offered of all 7 books eventually? I really like matchy sets.

Even if the answer is no, thank you so much for your imagination. I can't picture myself without the foundation the Unicorn Chronicles gave me as a young storyteller. I'm working on my own unicorn fantasy story because of how much Luster and Cara influenced me to dream up big, wide worlds of magic and danger and found families. Thanks again, and keep up the amazing work ♥
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Caroline -

First off, sorry not to get back to you more promptly. Sometimes the guestbook gets away from me. On the other hand, the delay lets me give you some good news . . . INTO THE LAND OF THE UNICORNS is once again available from Amazon in the UK.

And I do indeed intend to have the new editions become a matched set. I'm nearly finished with the revisions for Book 5 (the first section of LAST HUNT) and I am hopeful (but then, I am always hopeful) that books 6 and 7, which will complete the set, will not need as much revising.

Good luck with your own unicorn saga! I am delighted to have had a hand in helping to inspire you!

Andrea Stronski wrote on July 30, 2021
Hello! I recently read Goblins in the Castle and the new sequel, Goblins on the Prowl, to my 8 year old son. I wrote to you a few years back and asked about books for younger ages because I couldn't wait to introduce your stories to him. I'm glad I read these books to him now. It was the perfect age! He loved the first one as much as my little brother and I did when we were kids! He thinks "bop" is hilarious and really liked Herky. The note from you in the end of the book fascinated him and now he wants to meet Igor! Reading the sequel cleared up so many questions I had from the first one, especially about the toad! It was such fun to revisit everything from Fauna's perspective and meet new characters. Thank you for writing it. Please consider writing a third in the series, maybe from Igor's or Herky's point of view. These two books are going to be read over and over, hopefully yearly, in our house!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Andrea - Thanks for this. It thoroughly delights me that your son enjoyed GOBLINS as much as you did when you were a kid yourself. I love being a two-generation writer! (One of the consolations for aging . . . )

I'm not sure if I have a third book in me. I did love writing that second one. Alas, it didn't do very well in terms of sales. People who read it loved it, and the reviews were lovely. It just didn't find traction for whatever reason. I think the new covers didn't help. The original cover for the first book was sheer perfection in my opinion!

Please tell your son that Igor sends him a "BOP!"