Bruce Coville

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Bruce Coville
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Born (1950-05-16) May 16, 1950 (age 64)
Syracuse, New York, United States
Occupation Novelist
Nationality United States
Genre Young adult fantasy and science fiction

Bruce Coville (born May 16, 1950) is an American author of children's and young adult novels. He was born in Syracuse, New York and lives there currently; he has spent most of his life there, leaving to attend Duke University and then to live in New York City.[1]

Early life[edit]

Coville grew up within a couple miles of the village of Phoenix in NY. As a child, Coville was an avid reader. Mary Poppins, Dr. Dolittle, and children's serials such as Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys were among his favorite books. He discovered his passion for writing in the sixth grade, and at seventeen, began to pursue writing seriously.[1]

Early career[edit]

Before he was able to support himself as a writer, Coville worked a variety of jobs, including toymaking, gravedigging, and finally teaching at an elementary school.[1]


His first published story was The Foolish Giant. He is most famous for his Unicorn Chronicles series, My Teacher Is an Alien, Aliens Ate My Homework, and Magic Shop series. Other lesser-known series include: Space Brat, Camp Haunted Hills, I Was a Sixth Grade Alien, The A.I. Gang, Moongobble and Me, and Nina Tanleven. His work has been featured in numerous anthologies and collections, including A Glory of Unicorns, Half Human, Herds of Thunder, Manes of Gold, The Unicorn Treasury, and The Dragon Book. Anthologies created entirely from his own writing are Coville's Book of Fear, Oddly Enough, Odder Than Ever, Odds Are Good, and Oddest of All.

The Sixth Grade Alien series was illustrated by Tony Sansevero, and was eventually the basis for a television series on Fox Family in the United States and YTV in Canada.

Coville has also written picture books, retellings of William Shakespeare, and three children's plays - The Dragonslayers, Out of the Blue, and It's Midnight, Do You Know Where Your Toys Are?, all three of which are musicals. He also co-wrote the young-adult novel Armageddon Summer with Jane Yolen.

He is the founder of Full Cast Audio, an audio book company producing unabridged recordings of children's and young adult books, using full casts rather than solo readers. Authors who have worked with FCA include Elizabeth Winthrop, James Howe, Kristin Cashore, Shannon Hale, and Tamora Pierce, who wrote an original novel called Melting Stones specifically for the company to record before the print edition was made public.[citation needed]


When he was nineteen, Coville married neighboring artist Katherine Dietz. They have two sons and a daughter: Orion, born in 1970, Cara, born in 1975, and Adam, born in 1981. Coville and Dietz separated for a number of years, but are now living and working together again.

Coville has an Uncle Gordon Coville who lives in Phoenix NY.[1]



Magic Shop

  1. The Monsters's Ring. Aladdin (1989). ISBN 0-671-69389-1
  2. Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (1990). Aladdin (1992). ISBN 0-671-74782-7
  3. Jennifer Murdley's Toad. Minstrel (1993). ISBN 0–671–79401–9
  4. The Skull of Truth. Aladdin (1999). ISBN 0-671-02343-8
  5. Juliet Dove, Queen of Love. Harcourt (2003). ISBN 0-15-204561-9

My Teacher

  1. My Teacher Is an Alien. Aladdin (1990). ISBN 0-671-73729-5
  2. My Teacher Fried my Brains. Aladdin (1991). ISBN 0-671-72710-9
  3. My Teacher Glows in the Dark. Aladdin (1991). ISBN 0-671-72709-5
  4. My Teacher Flunked the Planet. Aladdin (1992). ISBN 0-671-75081-X

I Was a Sixth Grade Alien

  1. I Was a Sixth Grade Alien. Aladdin (1999). ISBN 0-671-02650-X
  2. The Attack of the Two-Inch Teacher. Aladdin (1999). ISBN 0-671-02651-8
  3. I Lost My Grandfather's Brain. Aladdin (1999). ISBN 0-671-02652-6
  4. Peanut Butter Lover Boy. Aladdin (2000). ISBN 0-671-02653-4
  5. Zombies of the Science Fair. Aladdin (2000). ISBN 0-671-02654-2
  6. Don't Fry My Veeblax! Aladdin (2000). ISBN 0-671-02655-0
  7. Too Many Aliens. Aladdin (2000). ISBN 0-671-02656-9
  8. Snatched From Earth. Aladdin (2000). ISBN 0-671-02657-7
  9. There's an Alien in My Backpack. Aladdin (2000). ISBN 0-671-02658-5
  10. The Revolt of the Miniature Mutants. Aladdin (2001). ISBN 0-671-02659-3
  11. There's an Alien in My Underwear. Aladdin (2001). ISBN 0-671-02660-7
  12. Farewell to Earth. Aladdin (2001). ISBN 0-671-02661-5

The Unicorn Chronicles

  1. Into the Land of the Unicorns. Scholastic (1994). ISBN 978-0-545-06824-6
  2. Song of the Wanderer. Scholastic (1999). ISBN 978-0-545-06825-3
  3. Dark Whispers. Scholastic (2008) ISBN 978-0-590-45952-5
  4. The Last Hunt. Scholastic (2010) ISBN 978-0-545-12807-0

Moongobble and Me

  1. The Dragon of Doom. Simon & Schuster (2003). ISBN 0-689-85754-3
  2. The Weeping Werewolf. Simon & Schuster (2004). ISBN 0-689-85755-1
  3. The Evil Elves. Simon & Schuster (2004). ISBN 0-689-85756-X
  4. The Mischief Monster Simon & Schuster (2007). ISBN 978-1-4169-0807-4
  5. The Naughty Nork Aladdin (2009). ISBN 978-1-4169-0810-4

Space Brat

  1. Space Brat ISBN 978-0-7857-6757-2
  2. Space Brat 2: Blork's Evil Twin ISBN 978-0-671-77713-5
  3. Space Brat 3: The Wrath of Squat ISBN 978-0-671-86844-4
  4. Space Brat 4: Planet of the Dips ISBN 978-0-671-50092-4
  5. Space Brat 5: The Saber-Toothed Poodnoobie ISBN 978-0-671-00870-3

Rod Albright Alien Adventures

  1. Aliens Ate My Homework
  2. I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X
  3. The Search for Snout (Aliens Stole My Dad in the UK)
  4. Aliens Stole My Body

Bruce Coville's Book of...

  1. Bruce Coville's Book of Monsters
  2. Bruce Coville's Book of Aliens
  3. Bruce Coville's Book of Ghosts
  4. Bruce Coville's Book of Nightmares
  5. Bruce Coville's Book of Spine Tinglers
  6. Bruce Coville's Book of Magic
  7. Bruce Coville's Book of Monsters II
  8. Bruce Coville's Book of Aliens II
  9. Bruce Coville's Book of Ghosts II
  10. Bruce Coville's Book of Nightmares II
  11. Bruce Coville's Book of Spine Tinglers II
  12. Bruce Coville's Book of Magic II

Shakespeare Retellings

  1. The Tempest
  2. A Midsummer Night's Dream
  3. Macbeth
  4. Romeo and Juliet
  5. Hamlet
  6. Twelfth Night
  7. The Winter's Tale

Nina Tanleven

  1. The Ghost in the Third Row
  2. The Ghost Wore Gray
  3. The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed

The A. I. Gang

  1. Operation Sherlock
  2. The Cutlass Clue was written by Jim Lawrence[2]
  3. Robot Trouble
  4. Forever Begins Tomorrow

Camp Haunted Hills

  1. How I Survived My Summer Vacation
  2. Some of My Best Friends Are Monsters
  3. The Dinosaur that Followed Me Home

Bruce Coville's Chamber of Horrors

  1. Amulet of Doom
  2. Spirits and Spells
  3. Eyes of the Tarot
  4. Waiting Spirit


  1. A Glory of Unicorns
  2. Half Human
  3. Herds of Thunder, Manes of Gold
  4. The Unicorn Treasury
  5. Bruce Coville's Shapeshifters
  6. Bruce Coville's Alien Visitors
  7. Bruce Coville's Strange Worlds
  8. Bruce Coville's UFOs
  9. Oddly Enough Simon & Schuster (1994). ISBN 0-671-51693-0
  10. Odder Than Ever (1999)
  11. Odds Are Good Harcourt (2006). ISBN 978-0-15-205716-9
  12. Oddest of All (2008)

Young Adult Novels[edit]

  1. Armageddon Summer
  2. Fortune's Journey
  3. Space Station Ice-3 (published by Omni Odysseys)

Middle Grade Novels[edit]

  1. The Dragonslayers
  2. Goblins in the Castle(1992)ISBN;0-671-72711-7
  3. Monster of the Year
  4. The Monsters of Morley Manor
  5. The World's Worst Fairy Godmother
  6. Thor's Wedding Day
  7. Amber Brown is Tickled Pink (with Elizabeth Levy, September 13, 2012)[3]

Picture Books[edit]

  1. The Foolish Giant
  2. The Lapsnatcher
  3. My Grandfather's House
  4. The Prince of Butterflies
  5. Sarah and the Dragon
  6. Sarah's Unicorn
  7. Hans Brinker (retelling)


  1. Prehistoric People

Contribution to the Dungeon series, organized by Philip José Farmer[edit]

  1. The Dark Abyss

Awards and recognitions[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d The Official Bruce Coville Homepage. Bruce Coville: An Illustrated Biography. Retrieved on 2008-12-19.
  2. ^ Bruce Coville Papers, Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  3. ^ Sally Lodge (2012-05-24). "Paula's Danziger's Best Friends Revive Amber Brown Series". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  4. ^ Giverny Book Award 2008
  5. ^ New York Library Association. Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature. Retrieved on 2008-12-18.

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