Bruce Coville
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Bruce Coville

Bruce Coville was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1950. His family lived in farm territory, about twenty miles north of Syracuse. Bruce grew up around the corner from his grandparents' dairy farm, where he spent a great deal of time as a child, dodging cows and chores to the best of his ability. As a young reader he loved Mary Poppins and Dr. Dolittle, and still has fond memories of rising ahead of the rest of his family so he could huddle in a chair and read THE VOYAGES OF DR. DOLITTLE. He also read lots of things that people consider junk (Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, and zillions of comic books). His only real regret is the time he spent watching television, when he could have been reading instead. (A mind is a terrible thing to waste!)

His first book, THE FOOLISH GIANT, was published in 1978. It was illustrated by his wife, Katherine, whom he had married in 1969. This was followed in 1979 by SARAH'S UNICORN, also illustrated by Katherine. After a long period of working separately, the Covilles began collaborating again with SPACE BRAT and GOBLINS IN THE CASTLE, both published in 1992.

Before getting published Bruce earned his living as a toymaker, a gravedigger, a cookware salesman, an assembly line worker, and finally as an elementary school teacher (second and fourth grades). He left teaching in 1981 to devote himself to becoming a full time writer - though it took another five years to achieve that goal!)

Bruce has published over 100 books, which have appeared in over a dozen countries around the world and sold more than sixteen million copies. Among his most popular titles are MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN, INTO THE LAND OF THE UNICORNS, and THE MONSTER'S RING. In 2001 he founded Full Cast Audio, an audiobook company dedicated to creating unabridged, full cast recordings of the best in children's and young adult literature.

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Best Sellers

    • Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher

    • By: Bruce Coville
    • Narrated by: Bruce Coville
    • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 81
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    If Howard Morton and Freddie the Frog Killer were trying to hold you down so that Mary Lou Hutton could kiss you, you might run as fast as Jeremy Thatcher did....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My kid and husband love it.

    • By Chris & Crystal on 05-10-16

    Regular price: $14.60

    • The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie

    • By: Bruce Coville
    • Narrated by: full cast, Euan Morton, Nancy O'Connor, and others
    • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 27

    In the first hilarious Enchanted Files, Angus is a brownie. No, not the kind you eat! He's a tiny magical creature that loves to do chores....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great

    • By jmi on 08-26-15

    Regular price: $25.20

    • Jennifer Murdley's Toad

    • By: Bruce Coville
    • Narrated by: Bruce Coville
    • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    As if she didn't have trouble enough after her classmates discovered she had worn her brother's underwear to school, Jennifer Murdley has just stumbled into Mr. Elives' Magic Shop....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining!

    • By DJG on 09-07-17

    Regular price: $9.09

    • The Monster's Ring

    • A Magic Shop Book
    • By: Bruce Coville
    • Narrated by: Bruce Coville, the Full Cast Family
    • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 50
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    Pursued by the bullying Eddie, the timid Russell Crannaker stumbles into Mr. Elives' magic shop, where he buys a mysterious ring...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • family favorite for years

    • By Jenn on 10-04-18

    Regular price: $17.95

    • My Teacher Fried My Brains

    • By: Bruce Coville
    • Narrated by: Tyler Aitken, The Full Cast Family
    • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    The whole situation began when Duncan Dougal was hiding out in a dumpster (it’s a long and smelly story). Stuck in the garbage, he discovered proof that there's an alien-in-disguise working as one of the seventh-grade teachers! But which teacher is it? That’s the mystery....

    Regular price: $6.99

    • The Last Hunt

    • The Unicorn Chronicles, Book 4
    • By: Bruce Coville
    • Narrated by: Bruce Coville
    • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 66

    In the center of Luster towers an enormous tree that is the Heart of the World. Now the tree is wounded, pierced by a tunnel that connects it to Earth....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Surprising Conclusion

    • By Gina Marstan on 09-24-16

    Regular price: $59.50

    • Juliet Dove, Queen of Love

    • A Magic Shop Book
    • By: Bruce Coville
    • Narrated by: Bruce Coville, the Full Cast Family
    • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    It's not easy being shy, especially when you suddenly find yourself at the center of a widening circle of lovesick boys....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Older Reader Loves ...

    • By Pamela on 01-06-06

    Regular price: $21.95

    • Song of the Wanderer

    • By: Bruce Coville
    • Narrated by: Bruce Coville, Full Cast Family
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    Luster, the world where the unicorns fled to escape the Hunters who have sworn to wipe them out...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • fun story, but second in series

    • By Dan on 10-29-03

    Regular price: $25.95

    • My Teacher Is an Alien

    • By: Bruce Coville
    • Narrated by: Nancy O'Connor
    • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    The story begins when Susan Simmons returns to school from spring vacation. Susan has been looking forward to the big class play her teacher has been planning....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good book for kids and adults.

    • By John Day on 05-13-18

    Regular price: $25.20

    • The Skull of Truth

    • By: Bruce Coville
    • Narrated by: Bruce Coville
    • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 19

    When Charlie Eggleston stumbles out of Mr. Elives' Magic Shop clutching the skull of truth, he has no idea the grisly object will force him to tell the truth and nothing but the truth....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent!

    • By shmuel on 03-29-17

    Regular price: $11.89

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