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923 entries.
Sherwood from Jenks wrote on May 10, 2020
Into the Land of the Unicorns was one of my favorite books growing up. I lost my original copy to the postal system trying to lend it to a friend in Ireland, and I snagged a replacement from eBay a while back. I've been struggling with mental health for years now, and my love of reading has been one of the casualties. Recently I started re-reading childhood favorites in an effort to leverage nostalgia to rekindle it, and I just finished Into the Land of the Unicorns. It was a pleasant jaunt down memory lane. Thank you!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Sherwood -
Many thanks for this lovely and affirming message. It really delights me to know how important these books have been to you. Thanks for letting me know.

Sara from Machesney Park, IL wrote on May 6, 2020
I won Into the Land if the Unicorns from my school library when I was in grade school. I just found it done by Full Cast Audio. The series is still one I love to go back through and I am using the audiobook to introduce it to my children. My brother, who hated to read, was the one who introduced me to tour books with My Teacher is an Alien. Thank you for giving so many hours of reading (and now listening) enjoyment.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Sara -

Many thanks for this message. Full Cast Audio was a project of my heart, and I especially enjoyed recording the unicorn books - which were also a project of my heart! So I truly delight in knowing that you are sharing the story with your daughter in the audio format.

Tell your brother I said thanks for turning you on to my books in the first place! ;>

Heidi from Aurora, IL wrote on April 26, 2020
Hi! When Jeremy Thatcher: Dragon Hatcher was published, I was 9 years old. I read it and loved it! I kept my copy all these years! Now that my son is 9 years old, I gave my copy to him since he needed a fantasy novel to read for school. He started reading it last week and he loves it too! He can't wait for the local library to re-open (whenever that will be) so he can read your other books! He is especially looking forward to My Teacher is an Alien. Thank you for writing such amazing stories for kids!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Heidi - Many thanks for this lovely message. One of the great pleasures in having been around for as long as I have been is becoming a two-generation writer. I just love it so much when someone who read one of my books when he or she was a kid writes to tell me they are now sharing the story (or stories!) with their own child. It's pretty much the highest compliment a children's writer can get.
PS: Please tell your son I said hello!
Anna from Manitowoc wrote on April 13, 2020
Hi! I've been a big fan of your books since I was a kid. I think Jennifer Murdley's Toad was the one that started it off, and it was downhill from there. I remember checking out your anthologies of scary stories from my school library frequently, and some of them still haunt me to this day! I just revisited The Unicorn Chronicles again, one of many times that I have done so over the years (my copy of Into the Land of the Unicorns, the only installment of the series I have on paperback, is starting to fall apart). I think I first read that one when I was eight, and you finished the series when I was about twenty three. I didn't feel very patient about it at the time, but it was well worth the wait, and I very much remember how excited I was when the third and fourth books finally came out! It remains one of my all-time favorite series.
I love escaping to Luster, and I think it shows me something new every time. Thank you so much for many wonderful hours spent, and many more to come!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Thanks for this lovely message! As someone who used to use books to escape into fantasy worlds myself, it delights me to know that you could escape into a world that I created. I really wanted to create something that kids could love the way I had loved the books of my own childhood and youth!

Thanks for forgiving me for the terrible delay it took me to finish the series. It turned out to be a much bigger story than I had imagined when I began!

Stella from Philadelphia wrote on March 9, 2020
Dear Mr. Coville,

Thank you so much for the laughter and magic over the years! My especial favorites of your books have been your stories and compilations on unicorns. I would like to know, what has inspired you to write about unicorns in particular over the years?

So many young adult and adult fantasy/paranormal stories these days center around vampires, werewolves, zombies, and the like - dangerous creatures of the night that draw a stark contrast to the innocent and healing nature of the unicorn. I look back on my childhood fascination with unicorns and wonder: is there a place for unicorns in stories for adults today? I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on this.

Always a fan,

Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Stella -

Many thanks for this lovely message. My apologies for not replying more quickly. It seems that the website doesn't always alert me to a new message, and I just found this one.

I loved your distinction between the dark mode of fantasy that is current in YA now and the lightness of unicorns and what I was trying to do with that series.

Though things move in and out of fashion, I think there will always be a place for unicorns. Sometimes they will be more popular, sometimes less. But the human heart will always need them!

All best,
Roxie from Kaukauna wrote on February 28, 2020
You've been my "literary rock" since 1993. I love your books! It really has been a pleasure as an adult to re-read my collection after having it packed away for the last 19 years. Thank you for the fantastic adventures and imaginative, yet relatable characters.

P.S. Goblins on the Prowl was worth the wait!
Reply by Bruce Coville
What a lovely message. Since I totally love "The Rock" being someone's "Literary Rock" feels like a great compliment.

Even more of a compliment is that you love the books on re-reading. I have always tried to write in a way that would delight my kid audience yet at the same time be something my adult readers (generally parents and teachers) could enjoy. The fact that you liked GOBLINS ON THE PROWL is the icing on the cake. Man, that book was hard to do. But I was really happy with it when I had finally finished, so your approval means a great deal to me!

All best,
Katie Wishmeier from Las Vegas wrote on February 24, 2020
Hello Mr. Coville!
I am a long time fan, and getting my daughter, Nola, into your books as well! We have been reading the Unicorn Chronicles (just finished book 2), and before these we read Jeremy Thatcher. She loves them!
When I was looking for the Unicorn Chronicles at a used book store where we lived in Denver, CO, I was amazed at how many of your books I had actually read back in the 90s. I knew you'd also written the Aliens ate My homework series, but I had forgotten about so many others! And I love that I can go back and read them with my daughter and still get just as much joy as the first time I read them.
I actually found a letter last year when I was going through a box at my parent's house. It was a letter I wrote to you when I was 10 years old (~1994). I saved it, but unfortunately have since misplaced it (we moved), but I laughed reading it. I was an ambitious kid, and I'm pretty sure I wanted to be your pen pal!
Honestly, if I had to credit a single author that influenced my love for reading scifi, it would be you.
Thank you for what you've written, thank you for all you do, and thank you for being so kind to your fans.

Reply by Bruce Coville
Dear Katie -

What a heart-affirming message this is. Thank you so much! I love that you are sharing my books with Nola now.

One of the best things about longevity in this field is becoming a two-generation author. Sharing books with my own kids was one of the great joys of my life as a young father. That other parents are now doing this with their own kids gives me a kind of delight that is hard to explain!

Your thanks are deeply appreciated.

All best,
Chase Gantzhorn from King of Prussia wrote on February 20, 2020
Hi! My name is Chase and so far i haven’t read a book but today we started reading, as a class, Jeremy Thatcher The Dragon Hatcher. We have only read the first chapter but it is a really good book!!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi Chase -

Thanks for the message. I'm glad you enjoyed the beginning of JEREMY THATCHER. I hope you'll think it gets even better as it goes along! JEREMY is not my best selling book, but I do think it is the one that is most loved, and will be around longest after I am gone.

Your friend,
Ymeen from Karachi wrote on February 14, 2020
Dear Bruce,

I read your books when I was in high school in Pakistan and loved them dearly. I don't know how, but my school library had a full set of signed books from you and they bought me and my friends much joy.

I still think about them randomly from time to time. Thank you very much for the happiness you gave my little 14 year old heart.

Much love,
Reply by Bruce Coville
Dear Ymeem -

What a delightful message. I am so pleased that the books meant so much to you. I am also as puzzled as you are as to how a full set of autographed copies ended up in your library, but I am glad that they did!

Thank you for taking the time to tell me this. It gladdens my heart.

All the best,
James Puhala from Sparta Nj wrote on February 11, 2020
Reply by Bruce Coville
There's not much in that message to respond to other than, Hello!