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Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher
Bruce Coville
0671747827
January 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
Jeremy forms an unexpected bond with Tiamat the dragon in this sequel to The Monster's Ring. Ages 8-12. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 5-7-- In this entertaining fantasy readers will soon realize that things are not always as they seem. Jeremy Thatcher is plagued with all of the problems of a 12-year-old plus a few extra. He is pursued by Mary Lou Hutton, whom he detests, and is constantly put down by his art teacher for reasons he does not understand. One afternoon, in an effort to escape Mary Lou, Jeremy runs through alleys, side streets, and byways and finds himself in a part of town he has never seen before. He enters a small magic shop where he purchases a strange egg. A dragon that only Jeremy and Mary Lou can see...


My Teacher Is an Alien
Bruce Coville
1416903348
June 2005
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-By Bruce Coville. When Susan catches the substitute teacher peeling off his face, she realizes that he's an alien.Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From AudioFile
Liza Ross is delightful in this unabridged reading of Bruce Coville's adventure story. Her reading is energetic and skillful, capturing the feel of life in the sixth grade. Ross is completely believable narrating the story of Susan Simmons, a 12-year-old whose favorite teacher, Ms. Schwartz, has been replaced by a malevolent, lime-skinned alien disguised as a human. It's up to Susan and her unlikely alliesÐclass hoodlum Duncan and class nerd PeterÐto rescue Ms. Schwartz and foil the alien plot. As Ross reads this prepubescent "Body Snatchers" tale, her voice jumps fluidly...


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Jules Verne
0439227151
May 2003
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Performed in radio theatre style, this audio version is a fine retelling of the Jules Verne classic. The St. Charles Players, composed of four actors, play a variety of roles with hammy gusto, although the dialogue is a bit rushed in the opening sections. This adaptation by Jeff Rack does a good job of capturing the feel of Verne's sprawling epic tale. The story is told by Professor Aronnax, who agrees to investigate a series of attacks by a mysterious sea monster. He joins the crew of the ship Abraham Lincoln. The men encounter what they believe is the monster, but turns out to be a large, state-of-the-art submarine, the Nautilus. Aronnax and a hot tempered harpoonist, Ned Land, are imprisoned on this vessel, captained by the misanthropic recluse, Nemo. Nemo takes them around the world. Verne's...


Goblins in the Castle
Bruce Coville
0671727117
October 1992
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Review
ALA BooklistA shivery treat for readers, who will identify with the stalwart William as he ferrets out the castle's scary secrets and rights a long-existing wrong.

Review
ALA Booklist A shivery treat for readers, who will identify with the stalwart William as he ferrets out the castle's scary secrets and rights a long-existing wrong.

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Into the Land of the Unicorns
Bruce Coville
0439108381
November 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
Cara follows her grandmother's cryptic instructions and winds up in Luster, the land of the unicorns. "This mild fantasy, the first in the Unicorn Chronicles, opens promisingly... but somewhat dissipates its force," said PW. Ages 9-12. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-When Cara Hunter leaps from a church's bell tower clutching her grandmother's magic amulet, she falls into the land of Luster, home of the Dimblethum, delvers, dragons, the Squijum, and lots of unicorns. Since her grandmother told her to guard the amulet and to deliver an important message to the unicorn Queen, Cara embarks on a journey to her court. She is accompanied by her friends, chief among them Lightfoot, an adolescent unicorn who is having a...


Bruce Coville
Hal Marcovitz
0791086569
September 2005
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6-9 Engaging cover portraits introduce readers to these prolific writers. Wide margin space results in a clean, neat appearance and ease of reading. Black-and-white and color photos and Did you know… sidebars break up the texts. Chapters cover childhood experiences, how books and reading enriched the subjects' lives, countries they resided in, activities, favorite subjects, jobs, marriage, teaching, theater, and inspirations. Unfortunately, Pullman has a number of typos. For biography reports, and for general reading enrichment, these titles will be useful additions. Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Aliens Ate My Homework
Bruce Coville
0671727125
Oct 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
This zany caper showcases Coville's ( My Teacher Is an Alien ) ability to make the unbelievable close to credible. The young hero, down-to-earth Rod Allbright, doesn't quite believe his eyes when a small blue spaceship flies through his bedroom window and lands in a vat of papier-mache he is using for a science project. Within minutes the startled boy meets the spaceship's curious crew, and is recruited to become an integral player in their mission to apprehend an alien criminal whose specialty is cruelty. As it turns out, Rod knows too well how cruel this culprit can be, as he has been posing as the bullying Billy Becker, Rod's archenemy at school. After several surprises and funny moments (as Billy turns in his math assignment, he is horrified to see that one of the aliens hiding in his desk has chewed on it so...


The Monster's Ring (A Magic Shop Book Series)
Bruce Coville
068985692X
July 2003
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From AudioFile
This full-cast production of the first book in Bruce Coville's Magic Shop series coincides with the re-release of these books in new hardcover editions. As narrator, Coville's voice is infused with mystery and fun as he tells the story of Russell Crannaker, a shy boy plagued by the class bully until the day he stumbles on Mr. Elives's magic shop and buys the monster's ring, a ring that transforms him physically and, with both good and bad results, mentally. The cast of characters play their parts well, particularly main character Russell, as he transforms from fearful and nervous to more confident and sure, and his nemesis, Eddie, as he takes the opposite path. Fast paced and full of adventure, this production is sure to please. A.F. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland,...


My Teacher Fried My Brains
Bruce Coville
1416903321
June 2005
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Book Description
Brains are sizzling in the seventh grade...The first day of seventh grade is probably the worst day of Duncan Dougal's life. He knows that things are really bad when he finds an alien's hand in a Dumpster and then gets plugged into an alien brain fryer!Can Duncan find out which of the four new teachers in his school is an alien before his brains get fried to a pulp -- or before the aliens try to fry the whole planet?


Song of the Wanderer
Bruce Coville
0590459546
November 2001
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Book Review
Prolific children's book author Bruce Coville has delivered a down-to-earth unicorn tale, if such a thing is possible. Song of the Wanderer, the second book in The Unicorn Chronicles, delivers a neat follow-up to Into the Land of the Unicorns, unraveling mysteries and handily reweaving new ones just as fast. The world of the unicorns, Luster, is carefully and cohesively imagined, with myths and rules and prejudices that seem logical and organic. Readers will thrill to the story of Cara, an earth girl who becomes both ward and savior of the unicorns. She must travel through Luster--a world replete with all manner of secret caves and rainbow prisons and talking seashells--back to earth to try to find her grandmother, the Wanderer. The episodic structure of the book is satisfying; Coville delivers all the de rigueur scenes,...


The Weeping Werewolf (Moongobble and Me Series, #2)
Bruce Coville
0689857586
October 2005
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4–In this second book in the series, young Edward and his friends must help Moongobble the Wizard complete the second Mighty Task so that he can become a member of the Society of Magicians. The boy, the wizard, the Rusty Knight, Urk the toad, and Fireball the dragon head into the forever-darkened Forest of the Night to bring home a bottle of the Weeping Werewolf's tears and make the shocking discovery that the creature is Edward's long-lost father. Now, in addition to fulfilling the task, they must also find a way to break the curse that has transformed the man into a monster and kept him from his family all these years. Coville presents an excellent picture of Edward's hopeful but uncertain reactions to finding the father he never knew. The author seamlessly weaves in issues of bullying...


The Dragonslayers
Bruce Coville
0671798324
July 1994
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6?Fourteen-year-old Princess Wilhelmina, the "most willful person anyone in the kingdom had ever met," wants to kill a dragon herself, more to prevent the indignity of being married off to a dragonslayer than to save the kingdom. Predicated on a rather gruesome grudge (the witch Grizelda has lost her husband and son to the king's war and creates a dragon to murder the king's child), the story builds to the confrontation between the beast and two sets of slayers: an elderly squire and his page, and a disguised Willie and her talking bear. The adventure is confused by some mysterious family ties, spirits of the forest, a remorseful witch, and repentant royalty. Some of the dialogue is pretty sharp-tongued, but occasionally it is downright mystical. Young readers will enjoy the intrigue, laugh at the...


The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed
Bruce Coville
0553158279
Sept 1991
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-- The ghost of a little girl waiting for her father, the father's ghost looking for his daughter, a lost painting, and a house full of antiques add up to a mystery. Ghost specialists Nina Tanleven and Chris Gurley really hadn't planned on getting involved in any more hauntings, but they can't say no when the father and daughter appeal to them for help. The two girls are resourceful and courageous while trying to unravel the secrets. Antagonists are well developed, and readers will enjoy trying to figure out the real villain's identity. Descriptive details add to the suspense. Especially powerful are the paintings that seem to come to life with an unnatural force. This is a page turner that will keep mystery buffs reading to the frightening climax and satisfactory conclusion. --Pamela K. Bomboy,...


Juliet Dove, Queen of Love
Bruce Coville
0152052178
May 2005
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7–Bruce Coville returns to Mr. Elives' Magic Shop in this story of Juliet Dove, a shy middle school girl who suddenly finds herself the center of attention (Harcourt, 2003). While running away from some teasing girls, Juliet stumbles on the moveable magic shop, but instead of Mr. Elives, a mysterious woman is minding the shop. The woman, who turns out to be Eris, goddess of discord, offers Juliet a necklace and the trouble begins. Lovesick boys start fighting over her and camping out on her front lawn, mysterious women show up in the garden, and two talking rats appear to help her solve the mystery of the amulet. Juliet can't talk to anyone about the amulet and can't take it off. This full cast recording of the most recent title in the Magic Shop series features Coville as the narrator and 24...


The Evil Elves
Bruce Coville
068985756X
Dec 2004
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Book Description
Moongobble has successfully completed two of his three Mighty Tasks: He's collected the Golden Acorns of Alcoona and bottled the tears of the Weeping Werewolf. There's only one more Mighty Task to go and Moongobble will become a member of the Society of Magicians. But this might be the most difficult one of them all. Moongobble must go deep into the Great Forest of Boodle to recover the Queen's Belly Button, a magical stone that was plucked off an ancient statue by a band of elves. The Belly Button has the power to tempt its owner to do evil things -- and those elves have been causing trouble left and right.Moongobble enlists the help of Edward, Urk, the Rusty Knight, Fireball the Dragon, and Arfur, an old friend. Even with their help, this task won't be easy. Anyone who attempts to steal the Belly Button and fails...


Ribbiting Tales: Original Stories about Frogs
Nancy Springer (Editor)
0641566794

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