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osenke ohiwerei from lagos, lagos nigeria wrote on February 21, 2013:
bruce coville you are my favorite author i go to aisl have you met the librarian ms. riley she is very nice. do you like our school do you like lagos which is your favorite book you have written i have so many questions!
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Osenke -

I'm delighted to know I am your favorite author!

I liked being in your school very much.

Laura Nicely from Lagos, Nigeria wrote on February 21, 2013:
Dear Mr. Coville,
Today you went to my school (AISL) and I wanted to thank you for that. You know Grace in 5th grade, right? Well, she's my friend. I have always wanted to write books, but I'm too scared to show anyone. Can you help?
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Laura -

I was delighted to visit AISL. And, yes, I exchanged many messages with Grace.

As to your books and stories - you need to find one good friend that you can trust to share them with.

Grace from Lagos, You know where wrote on February 21, 2013:
Where are you going next?
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Grace -

My next stop was Abuja, then Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, then home to the states!

Mihica from Lagos, Nigeria wrote on February 21, 2013:
Hello, Mr. Coville. You visited our school today (American International School Lagos) and talked to the fifth grade about yourself and your books. I am in Mrs. Baietto's class. I do believe that my friends and I presented you with a box of shortbread cookies. I hope you like them! My teacher has read us 2 books of yours: In Our Own Hands and Biscuits of Glory. I really enjoyed Biscuits of Glory. I have one question for you: How many schools have you visited in Africa?
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Mihica -

Thanks for this message . . . and thanks for the shortbread cookies! I did share some of them with the librarians (because it would not be polite to stuff my face in front of them!) I can tell you that they were delicious. Also, a very clever gift. I really appreciated it.

I visited 5 schools while I was in Africa. I am home now, but I am still savoring my time on your continent. It was a wonderful trip!

Grace from Nigeria wrote on February 21, 2013:
You were funny when you talked to 5th grade. You are good at impursanations. Thanks for signing my bookmark. It was a pleassure to meet you.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Grace -

I'm glad you thought I was funny. I live to amuse!

Sophie from lagos, lagos nigeria wrote on February 20, 2013:
Hello Bruce Coville,
I met you today at my school at the end of the day. I have some questions,
1, when did you start writing? 2, how many books did you write? 3, did you enjoy the school?
sophie 🙂
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Sophie -

Nice to hear from you. I started writing when I was in my teens, but I did not sell a book until I was 27. I have [published 101 books, but also written others that did not get published. And I loved - LOVED - visiting your school!

Billy Elmore from Ruskin, Florida USA wrote on February 20, 2013:
Dear Bruce Coville,
I have became very fond of your books.My favorite series of your books is My Teacher Is An Alien. I am now reading The Fish In Room 11. Can you give me more information about your books? If any replys or more you can e-mail me at [billyelmore47@yahoo.com].
Thank you very much!
Billy Elmore
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Billy -

Thanks for this message. I am sorry I did not respond more promptly - I was traveling in Africa when it arrived! (I spent almost a month there speaking in different schools.)

There is a ton of information about my books right on the website . . . go to the BOOKS section and you'll often find sneak previews, and sometimes even a message or an essay about the book.

Zawad from Lagos, USA wrote on February 20, 2013:
Bruce coville, how do you make up all of these cool ideas for your books.i want to know? What is your favorite book? Oh and I am very excited that you are coming to AISL.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Zawad -

How do I make up all those cool ideas? I have WBS - that's "Weird Brain Syndrome"! ;>

I loved visiting at AISL.

Kally from Lagos wrote on February 20, 2013:
Hi! I am so excited, because tomorrow I am going to meet you! Here are some questions I will ask you tomorrow! Which is your favorite book that you have written? How many schools have you been too? Do you get stuck? How do you get inspired? Is it hard to get inspired? Do you like writing books and why?
Reply by Bruce Coville
Hi, Kally -

I enjoyed my time in your school . . . I hope you enjoyed hearing my presentation.

I have been to more schools than I can count (I've been visiting schools for over 30 years now!) I love writing books, because at heart I am a storyteller.

Ejehi Okosun from USA wrote on February 20, 2013:
I love your books.
Reply by Bruce Coville
Thanks, Ejehi!