Search Results: "Bruce Coville"


BOOK REVIEW

ALWAYS OCTOBER by Bruce Coville
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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GOBLINS ON THE PROWL by Bruce Coville
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2015

"A goblin salute (i.e., a finger up the nose) for this brisk and funny outing. (afterword) (Fantasy. 9-11)"
In an inexcusably tardy sequel to Goblins in the Castle (1992), stakes escalate when old spells and new mischief collide, sending a giant stone toad bounding off with the previous episode's protagonist in its mouth.Read full book review >

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ODDEST OF ALL by Bruce Coville
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Punctuated with poignant or tragic notes but light in overall tone, this gathering nicely demonstrates both Coville's versatility and his broad appeal to young audiences. (Short stories. 11-13)"
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 >

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DIARY OF A MAD BROWNIE by Bruce Coville
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2015

"A knee-slapper in this or any edition. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
A dedicated slob and a neatnik brownie, both with fierce tempers, face off in this much-expanded version of Coville's short story "Clean as a Whistle," published in Oddly Enough (1994).Read full book review >

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THE WINTER’S TALE by William Shakespeare
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Yet the cleverly selected direct quotes and theatrical watercolor and gouache images make this a more than adequate companion to the original play. (Picture book/play. 7-10)"
One of Shakespeare's more problematic romances gets a picture-book treatment in Coville's new rendition. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"Amalia Flickerfoot'—plus magical figures from a comically monkey-like pet and a gryphon with a tender ego to angels (thinly disguised as 'Great Powers'), centaurs and, of course, shining, magnificent unicorns aplenty—will be swept along to the grand, hard-fought resolution. (cast list, map) (Fantasy. 10-13)"
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 >

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

"Her dialogue and inner musings are stiff compared to the heroine's in Coville's Jennifer Murdley's Toad (1992). (Fiction. 10+)"

BOOK REVIEW

AMBER BROWN IS TICKLED PINK by Paula Danzinger
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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THE MONSTERS OF MORLEY MANOR by Bruce Coville
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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

"Coville (Oddly Enough, below) is at the top of his weird, wonderful form. (Fiction. 8-11)"
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 >

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HALF-HUMAN by Bruce Coville
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A good choice for fantasy fans, or teachers looking to supplement a mythology unit. (Short stories. 10-14)"
Centaurs, mermaids, and similar fantastic creatures populate the latest collection of short stories compiled by Coville. Read full book review >