Books by Bruce Coville

Released: Sept. 12, 2013

Amber Brown is facing two tough challenges: her recently blended family is in the midst of moving to a new home, and she can't seem to focus on pending high-pressure standardized tests at school.

Even though her mom is now remarried, Amber doesn't want to leave the home she and her parents shared. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 13, 2012

"Fully faithful to the voice Danziger gave Amber Brown, this visit with an old friend will totally satisfy readers. (afterword by Danziger's niece, "the real Amber Brown") (Fiction. 7-11)"
Amber Brown fans will rejoice; against all odds, their favorite protagonist is back. Read full book review >
ALWAYS OCTOBER by Bruce Coville
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Surprises abound: Most threads are wrapped up, but there is room left for other books with these diverting characters. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
From the very first line ("We've only got two weeks before Jake has to turn into a monster for the first time") to the riveting ending, this fantasy will have readers turning pages recklessly. Read full book review >
THE LAST HUNT by Bruce Coville
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 2010

Continuing a series practice, this finale substantially tops the previous volume's page count as Coville draws all his characters and plot lines together in a mighty cascade of short chapters to a climactic battle on the alternate world of Luster. Read full book review >

ODDEST OF ALL by Bruce Coville
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

To the short stories gathered in Odds Are Good: An Oddly Enough and Odder Than Ever Omnibus (2006) Coville adds nine more: six previously published but revised, and three newbies. Read full book review >

THE WINTER’S TALE by William Shakespeare
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

One of Shakespeare's more problematic romances gets a picture-book treatment in Coville's new rendition. Read full book review >

THOR’S WEDDING DAY by Bruce Coville
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

The irrepressible Coville retells a rare and funny tale from Norse mythology, adding only a few details and a young human narrator. Read full book review >

MOONGOBBLE AND ME by Bruce Coville
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

A little boy named Edward is the first-person narrator of this transitional chapter book that also includes a bumbling beginning magician, backfiring spells, and a talking toad. Read full book review >

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S TWELFTH NIGHT by Bruce Coville
Released: March 1, 2003

Coville, who's done so well with these in the past (Romeo and Juliet, 1999, etc), prefaces his latest Shakespearean retelling with the claim that its themes of trying on a new identity and having to yearn in silence for another will carry particular resonance for young readers as "the struggle of adolescence in microcosm!" Read full book review >

HALF-HUMAN by Bruce Coville
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

Centaurs, mermaids, and similar fantastic creatures populate the latest collection of short stories compiled by Coville. Read full book review >

THE MONSTERS OF MORLEY MANOR by Bruce Coville
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Readers who prefer their monsters lizard-headed or with vampire fangs, snake-haired, hunchbacked or overmuscled, froggish or doggish, need look no further than this over-the-top tale of two human siblings helping a notably motley semi- or non-human cast stave off an alien invasion of Earth. Read full book review >

THE PRINCE OF BUTTERFLIES by Bruce Coville
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

The prolific, multitalented Coville (Half-Human, 2001, etc.) takes off in a different direction with this unusual story of a boy who bonds with a migrating flock of monarch butterflies, emphasizing so strongly with their plight of diminishing habitat that he actually briefly becomes one of them. Read full book review >

ARMAGEDDON SUMMER by Jane Yolen
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

The format—a story told from alternating viewpoints, with a few letters, radio and e-mail transcripts, and other realia thrown in—is becoming familiar, but two practiced writers employ the tactic and run with it in this page-turner. Read full book review >

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S MACBETH by Bruce Coville
CLASSICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

Tempting readers into this dramatic retelling, the introduction calls this a ``horrific tale of witches, murder, ghosts and revenge.'' Coville (William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1996, etc.) repeats most of the play's famous phrases (condensing the ``Double double, toil and trouble'' incantation to six lines) and expertly captures the original's lurid supernatural manifestations and dark tone. Read full book review >

THE LAPSNATCHER by Bruce Coville
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

Jacob has a new baby sister and isn't very happy about the situation. Read full book review >

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM by Bruce Coville
CLASSICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream ($16.99; PLB $16.89; Oct. 1996; 48 pp.; 0-8037-1784-6; PLB 0-8037-1785-7): Coville (Fortune's Journey, 1995, etc.) gracefully retells this famous comedy, retaining just enough of Shakespeare's language to lend a sense of the world of the play without overwhelming picture- book readers. Read full book review >

FORTUNE'S JOURNEY by Bruce Coville
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

ODDLY ENOUGH by Bruce Coville
FICTION
Released: Oct. 3, 1994

Coville's (The Dragonslayers, p. 842, etc.; I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X, above) collection of some new and some old short stories includes the spiritual, the mythical, the mystical, and the just plain silly. Read full book review >

I LEFT MY SNEAKERS IN DIMENSION X by Bruce Coville
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

Rod Allbright returns for his second space romp (after Aliens Ate My Homework, 1993) with the crew of the spaceship Ferkel. Read full book review >

THE DRAGONSLAYERS by Bruce Coville
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: June 1, 1994

A wispy confection from the author of My Teacher Is An Alien (1989) and other bon-bons, featuring a fire-breathing dragon, a misguided witch, talking animals, a hot-tempered princess, a plucky young page, and ``the world's oldest working squire.'' When King Mildred (yes, Mildred; he had a difficult youth) offers half his kingdom and his daughter Wilhelmina's hand to whoever slays the dragon created by witch Grizelda, only old Squire Elizar volunteers; but the feisty princess, in disguise, slips out to do the deed herself. Read full book review >

JENNIFER MURDLEY'S TOAD by Bruce Coville
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1992

Snagged immediately with ``If Jennifer Murdley hadn't been forced to wear her brother's underpants to school, the whole thing might never have happened,'' readers will find this latest escapade featuring Mr. S. H. Elives and his quirky magic-shop endlessly funny. Read full book review >