Bruce Coville

Bruce  Coville

From the Scholastic Website:

I was born in Syracuse, New York, on May 16, 1950. Except for one year that I spent at Duke University in North Carolina, I lived in and around central New York until September of 1990, when I moved to New York City. I lived there for two years. Now I am back in Syracuse.
I grew up around the corner from my grandparents' dairy farm, which was three miles outside of a small town called Phoenix. As a child I loved Mary Poppins and Dr. Doolittle, and I can remember getting up ahead of everyone else in the family so that I could huddle in a chair and read The Voyages of Dr. Doolittle. I also read lots of things that people consider junk (Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, and zillions of comic books). My only real regret is the time I spent watching television, when I could have been reading instead. (After all, a mind is a terrible thing to waste!)

The first time I can remember thinking that I would like to be a writer came in sixth grade, when our teacher — Mrs. Crandall — gave us an extended period of time to write a long story. I loved doing it. I started working seriously at becoming a writer when I was seventeen.

Like most people, I was not able to start selling my stories right away. So I had many other jobs along the way to becoming a writer, including toy maker, gravedigger, cookware salesman, and assembly line worker. Eventually I became an elementary teacher, and worked with second and fourth graders.

When I was nineteen I married Katherine Dietz, who lived right around the corner from me. She was (and is) a wonderful artist, and we began trying to create books together. However it was not until 1977 that we finally sold our first book, which was called The Foolish Giant. We did two other books together — Sarah's Unicorn and The Monster's Ring.

Kathy and I have three children; a son, Orion, born in 1970; a daughter, Cara, born in 1975; and another son, Adam, born in 1981.

I feel like a very lucky person. From the time I was young, I had a dream of becoming a writer. Now that dream has come true, and I am able to make my living doing something I really love.

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Aliens Ate My Homework

Aliens Ate My Homework
Fantasy, 9781416938835
Recommended for teens
Recommended to read before TBF

Rod is surprised when a miniature spaceship lands in his school science project and reveals five tiny aliens, who ask his help in apprehending an interstellar criminal. (Film version coming to Netflix March 6!)

Cursed: Enchanted File Series (Book 1)

Cursed: Enchanted File Series (Book 1)
Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Humor, Middle School, 9780385392501
Recommended for teens

Angus Cairns is a brownie, a magical creature with a fastidious nature. Alex Carhart is the messiest eleven-year-old in the United States of America. Together, this unlikely pair embarks on an unforgettable adventure.

Hatched: Enchanted File Series (Book 2)

Hatched: Enchanted File Series (Book 2)
Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Humor, Middle School, 9780385392587
Recommended for teens

Gerald the griffin isn't brave enough or fierce enough to fit in with the other griffins of the Enchanted Realm. When he runs away to the human world, he finds himself up to his beak in trouble, friendship, and fun!

Trolled: Enchanted File Series (Book 3)

Trolled: Enchanted File Series (Book 3)
Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Humor, Middle School, 9780385392594
Recommended for teens

Ned Thump is a seven-foot troll who is made fun of for his love of words so he escapes from the Enchanted Realm to the human world and secretly becomes a night watchman at Grand Central Terminal.

Armageddon Summer

Armageddon Summer
Realistic Fiction, 9780152022686
Recommended for teens
Recommended to read before TBF

Fourteen-year-old Marina and sixteen-year-old Jed accompany their parents' religious cult, the Believers, to await the end of the world atop a remote mountain, where they try to decide what they themselves believe.

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When we asked our authors what they were or might have been voted in HS, Bruce answered I was a not very good athlete but a pretty serious student. Also a major comic book geek.

Other Fun Facts

  • The height of my college career was bringing Stan Lee to my campus as a speaker.
  • I am currently in rehearsal to play the Narrator/Mysterious Man in a local production of Into the Woods.
  • My favorite food is peanut butter.
  • I run an audiobook company and have done many recordings with Tamora Pierce.
  • I once managed to hit myself in the head with a sledgehammer.
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