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Amanda from Smithfield, Rhode Island USA wrote on July 6, 2017:
Hi Bruce. Sorry to sign your guestbook again. I wanted to say thanks for explaining about how the books were released, I'm blonde so sometimes things which seem self explanatory don't make sense to me right away. Thanks again. ~Amanda
Reply by Bruce Coville
Happy to have been able to shed some light on the matter. The ways of publishing are enough to confound a rocket scientist sometimes.

Amanda from Smithfield, Rhode Island USA wrote on July 5, 2017:
Hi Bruce. I feel honored you remember me. Hmm, I wonder how that person is selling a hardcover book if there isn't one. Sounds like a scam to me. Yes, that would be great, even a hardcover boxed set would be awesome. As for my email address, I don't actually eat snakes. The first three letters are my first, middle, and last innitials and the last part is from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater which is one of my favorite Metal Gear Solid titles. If you're not sure of the franchise it's a video game series which has been going on since 1998 but they had couple of earlier games sort of prequel games in the 1980's. I was born in 1984 but didn't start playing the NES until I was around 4 or 5. Anyway, sorry to ramble but I appreciate you letting me know about The Unicorn Chronicles. Have a great rest of the week. ~Amanda
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Amanda -

Oh, all four of the books were published in hardcover. But there was never a uniform edition, with matching art for all four volumes. And even though Scholastic did commission new covers for books 1 and 2 when books 3 and 4 were finally written, they never released a paperback edition of the fourth book. So there is no way to get a matching set of all four titles. At least there is matching cover art for the four of them, by an artist that I loved. But here's how it goes with the final art/artist:

Book 1 - paperback only
Book 2 - paperback only
Book 3 - paperback and hardcover
Book 4 - hardcover only

Which drives my OCD self slightly crazy! ;>

Thanks for the explanation of your email address.

Amanda from Smithfield, Rhode Island USA wrote on July 3, 2017:
Hi Bruce. I'm one of your fans since childhood who became an adult, I moved from Warwick to Smithfield if that makes a difference in remembering who I am. Anyway, I was wondering if Into The Land of the Unicorns made it to hardcover (with the remade cover art). I wanted to get it and Song of the Wanderer in hardcover to go with The Last Hunt and Dark Whispers which I have in hardcover. I saw a listing with hardcover on amazon but it was from a third party seller and they were charging $500. No joke. Did you know your books are made out of gold? Just kidding. Anyway, thanks. Happy Fourth of July! ~Amanda
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Amanda -

Yep, I remember you . . . partly because of your unique email address!

As to the Unicorn Chronicles, alas, there has never been a unified edition of the four books. This kind of drives me crazy, and I know it irks the daylights out of book collecting fans, too.

The books are out of print now, but I have the rights back and my agent and I are trying to find a route to make them available again.

Nice to hear from you!

Albert from TX USA wrote on June 22, 2017:
Hi Bruce! I loved your books as a kid, and it was great for me to kind your resources here, it really turned back the clock for me a while. I recently bought "The Skull of Truth" and loved it. Keep up the good work!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Albert! Thanks for this message - always delights me to know when someone continues to enjoy my books even after he has technically "outgrown" them! Glad to know that you loved SKULL!

Ida Hamilton from Tulsa, OK USA wrote on June 19, 2017:
Hello again, Bruce! Today I was reminded of the Nina Tanleven books. I immediately came to this site to make sure I had all the names correct. Lo and behold, a 4th book! My inner child screamed out loud. I loved those books so much as a child. I ordered the first 3 right away. I can't wait to share them with my kids when they arrive. Thanks for being a wonderful part of my childhood!!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Ida! Just as a note, that 4th title is a longish short story, not a full novel. I do have a fourth novel about half done, but it was being kind of balky and the publisher finally canceled it. I can't blame them . . . my fault as much as anything. I still hope to write it someday.

I am so happy that you remember the Nina books so fondly. They were very important to me, and I love them dearly myself!

Amy from Columbus, Ohio USA wrote on May 25, 2017:
Hello Bruce! I am a college student now, but I still love your books, especially the Unicorn Chronicles and the Magic Shop ones. Those books introduced me to fantasy when I was a kid and shaped my love for the genre - unicorns have never been so awesome! Thank you for writing them, you've inspired so many people and brought the beauty of worlds beyond our own to our minds and our hearts. When I think of the world of Luster and its inhabitants, I still feel wonder and awe.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Amy -

Thanks for this lovely message. Your fond memories of the Unicorn Chronicles truly fill me with delight.

Dan Sibble from Oakley, Ohio USA wrote on May 23, 2017:
Dear Mr. Coville,
As a child and teen, your writing inspired me to many creative endeavors, and opened my mind the whole wide world.
Your "I was a Sixth Grade Alien", "Magic Shop", "My Teacher is an Alien", and The Rod Albright Adventures are my favorite books that I own.
Even now as I approach 30, I still read them, if only to surround myself in the vivid settings and deep characters you created.
I always wondered if you ever thought about continuing Pleskit's adventures as a teenager or young-adult? Or if you ever thought about writing more in the Magic Shop series?
Maybe it's the kid in me wanting to continue those awesome memories.
As one human being to another, I want to thank you for sharing with the world your incredible gift, and for making my childhood so extraordinary.
-Dan Sibble from Ohio
Reply by Bruce Coville
Dan! Many thanks for this heartfelt and heart-lifting message. I'm delighted to know that these books have meant so much to you . . . and equally delighted that they continue to be important to you.

Alas, I don't have good news on the Sixth Grade Alien fron. While the other three series you mentioned have been very successful, the adventures of Tim and Pleskit did not find a very large audience. (In point of fact, as far as sales go they were a disaster!) This saddened me, as I poured over two years of my life into writing those books, and truly loved the characters. But for some reason they never caught on. (I think one problem was the cover of the first book, which got the series off to a weak start, alas.)

I do have an idea for another book in the Magic Shop series. I was on the outs with the publisher of that series for a while, but things have settled down, and maybe I'll even be able to write it someday!

I hope all is well in your world. Thank you again for letting me know how much the books have meant to you.

Mr. Barde's 3rd Grade Class from Portland, Oregon USA wrote on May 15, 2017:
Hi This is from Mr. Barde's students who will skype with you next week!
Mrs. Burke is typing this message for students:
Your books sound really fun and I want to read the Foolish Giant.
I want to read the World's Worst Fairy GodMother.
I want to say, Happy Birthday and I hope you have the best birthday ever!
What inspired you to make the Mad Brownie?
We wish Mrs. Burke would let us go check-out books!!!
From Mr. Barke's Class at Bridlemile School
Reply by Bruce Coville
Ahoy Mr. Barde's 3rd Grade! I'm looking forward to chatting with you next week.
Thanks for the birthday wishes . . . I did indeed have a great day!
We'll talk about MAD BROWNIE, and other things, when we do our Skype visit next week. Hope you'll have questions ready for me!

Bruce Coville
Nolan from Riverdale, MD USA wrote on May 13, 2017:
Hi Bruce,
I'm in my late 20's now, but I'd like you to know how much I loved your books as a kid, and how much they made me happy and stimulated my imagination. I particularly enjoyed all of your short stories, the Unicorn Chronicles, and the Magic Shop series. I also loved the full cast audiobook versions of your books. I recently purchased "The Skull of Truth" from an audiobook website, and it brought back so many memories. I personally believe (though I haven't read all of your books) that it's one of your best works, and the cast is so good! (Particularly Daniel Bostick as Yorick - so funny and moving! I hope he knows how good he is.) Thank you for helping to create some really great memories for me.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hey, Nolan -

Thanks for this message. I LOVE knowing that some of my readers continue to cherish the books and stories long after they have (theoretically) "grown out of them."

It especially delights me to know your opinion of SKULL OF TRUTH. It's not my most popular book, but I do think that in literary terms (characterization, themes, imagery, subplots) it may be the best I've ever done. And directing Dan Bostick as Yorick in the audio version was a pure delight.

Thanks for checking in here!

Clayton Lemke from New Bern North Carolina wrote on May 11, 2017:
your books are amazing
Reply by Bruce Coville
Thank you, Clayton!