Bruce Coville

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Bruce Coville
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Born (1950-05-16) May 16, 1950 (age 65)
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.[1]

Early life[edit]

Bruce Coville was born May 16, 1950 in Syracuse, New York, where he grew up. 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. He attended Duke University and then went to live in New York City.[1]


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 unbridged 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]

Personal life[edit]

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. In September 1990, Coville moved to New York City, where he lived for two years. Today they again live in Syracuse, New York.[1] Coville wrote about his bisexuality in the 2012 anthology The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Letters to their Younger Selves.



Magic Shop Books

My Teacher is an Alien

I Was a Sixth Grade Alien

The Unicorn Chronicles

Moongobble and Me

Space Brat

Rod Albright Alien Adventures

Bruce Coville's Book of...

  • Bruce Coville's Book of Monsters
  • Bruce Coville's Book of Aliens
  • Bruce Coville's Book of Ghosts
  • Bruce Coville's Book of Nightmares
  • Bruce Coville's Book of Spine Tinglers
  • Bruce Coville's Book of Magic
  • Bruce Coville's Book of Monsters II
  • Bruce Coville's Book of Aliens II
  • Bruce Coville's Book of Ghosts II
  • Bruce Coville's Book of Nightmares II
  • Bruce Coville's Book of Spine Tinglers II
  • Bruce Coville's Book of Magic II

Shakespeare retellings

  • The Tempest
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Macbeth
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Hamlet
  • Twelfth Night
  • The Winter's Tale

Nina Tanleven

  • The Ghost in the Third Row
  • The Ghost Wore Gray
  • The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed

The A. I. Gang

  • Operation Sherlock
  • The Cutlass Clue was written by Jim Lawrence[2]
  • Robot Trouble
  • Forever Begins Tomorrow

Camp Haunted Hills

  • How I Survived My Summer Vacation
  • Some of My Best Friends Are Monsters
  • The Dinosaur that Followed Me Home

Bruce Coville's Chamber of Horrors

  • Amulet of Doom
  • Spirits and Spells
  • Eyes of the Tarot
  • Waiting Spirit


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

Young adult novels[edit]

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

Middle grade novels[edit]

Picture books[edit]

  • The Foolish Giant
  • The Lapsnatcher
  • My Grandfather's House
  • The Prince of Butterflies
  • Sarah and the Dragon
  • Sarah's Unicorn
  • Hans Brinker (retelling)


  • Prehistoric People

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

  • 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. ^ Goodreads Amber Brown Is on the Move listing Retrieved on May 12, 2015
  5. ^ IndieBound Amber Brown Horses Around listing Retrieved on May 12, 2015.
  6. ^ Giverny Book Award 2008 at the Wayback Machine (archived February 14, 2009)
  7. ^ New York Library Association. Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature. Retrieved on 2008-12-18.

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