An American author of the baby boomer generation known for his YoungAdult and ChildrensLiterature. He tends to write in the SpeculativeFiction genre, occasionally dipping into horror, although generally of the [[DefangedHorrors kid-friendly variety]].

[[http://www.brucecoville.com/home.asp His official website is here.]]

!! His over 100 works include:

[[folder:Series by Bruce Coville:]]
%% Listed in chronological order by the first book in each series.

!!!''Bruce Coville's Chamber of Horrors''
Four standalone horror stories originally published in the teen horror series ''Dark Forces'' and ''Twilight: Where Darkness Begins'', they were reprinted in 1996 as a single series.

* ''Amulet of Doom'' (1985 in ''Twilight: Where Darkness Begins'' series; reprinted 1996)
* ''Spirits and Spells'' (1986 in ''Twilight: Where Darkness Begins'' series; reprinted 1996)
* ''Eyes of the Tarot'' (1983 in ''Dark Forces'' series; reprinted 1996)
* ''Waiting Spirit'' (1984 in ''Dark Forces'' series; reprinted 1996)
!!!''The A. I. Gang''
Five genius kids - Rachel and Roger Phillips, Ray "Gamma Ray" Gammand, Tripton "Trip" Duncan Delmar Davis, and Wendy "Wonderchild" Wendell III - have been dragged off to a remote island so their scientist parents can work on the ultimate computer project: creating a machine that can truly think. Upon discovering this, the kids decide to beat their parents at their own game. Joined by Hap Swenson, whose father runs the island's motor pool, they soon discover the project and its scientists are being targeted by multiple organizations, each with their own goals. [[labelnote:Note]]''The A.I. Gang'' was originally co-written with Jim Lawrence as part of a "package series", with Lawrence writing books 2 and 3, and Coville writing books 1 and 4. However, Coville wound up taking over book 3 at the publisher's request when Lawrence fell behind on the work. After the series went out of print, Coville bought back the rights to his three books, rewrote them from the ground up, and republished them in this new form, writing around ''The Cutlass Clue'' since it hadn't done much to advance the plot.[[/labelnote]]

* ''Operation Sherlock'' (1986, revised 1995)
* ''The Cutlass Clue'' (1986; by Jim Lawrence)
* ''Robot Trouble'' (1986, revised 1995)
* ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'' (1986, revised 1995).
!!!''Nina Tanleven''
Nina "Nine" Tanleven and her friend Chris Gurley find themselves solving a series of mysteries involving ghosts and hauntings when they discover a ghost in a theater in their hometown of Syracuse, New York.

* ''The Ghost in the Third Row'' (1987)
* ''The Ghost Wore Gray'' (1988)
* ''The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed'' (1990)
* ''The Ghost Let Go'' (1995, short story)
!!!''Camp Haunted Hills''
When Stuart Glassman discovers his favorite movie director has opened a summer camp for kids who want to learn how to make movies, he immediately signs up. Little does he expect that by summer's end, he'll have been kidnapped by a sasquatch, chased by a mummy, and menaced by a room full of monsters.

* ''How I Survived My Summer Vacation'' (1988)
* ''Some of My Best Friends Are Monsters'' (1989)
* ''The Dinosaur that Followed Me Home'' (1990)
When young preteens stumble into S.H. Elives' magic shop, each winds up taking home a special item that will change their lives forever.

* ''The Monster's Ring'' (1989; revised 2002)
* ''Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher'' (1990)
* ''Jennifer Murdley's Toad'' (1993)
* ''Watch Out!'' (1996, short story)
* ''The Metamorphosis of Justin Jones'' (1997; short story)
* ''The Skull Of Truth'' (1999)
* ''Juliet Dove Queen Of Love'' (2003)
A series that starts out about WeNeedToGetProof, but halfway through, turns into a series about HumanityOnTrial.

* ''My Teacher Is An Alien'' (1990)
* ''My Teacher Fried My Brains'' (1991)
* ''My Teacher Glows In The Dark'' (1991)
* ''My Teacher Flunked The Planet'' (1992)
Blork is the biggest brat on the planet Splat. But one day, he and his pet Poodnoobie Lunk wind up embroiled in an adventure that will change his outlook on life for the better.

* ''Space Brat'' (1992)
* ''Space Brat 2: Blork's Evil Twin'' (1993)
* ''Space Brat 3: The Wrath of Squat'' (1994)
* ''Space Brat 4: Planet of the Dips'' (1995)
* ''Space Brat 5: The Saber-Toothed Poodnoobie'' (1997)
!!!''Goblins'' duology
William has lived in Toad-in-a-Cage Castle his entire life. But one night, he discovers the strange secret in the north tower, leading him into a dangerous quest to rescue a friend from the land of the goblins. Book 2 continues the story from the point of view of William's friend Fauna, and reveals both their origins, as well as that of the enormous stone toad that gave the castle its name.

* ''Goblins in the Castle'' (1992)
* ''Goblins on the Prowl'' (2015)
!!!''Rod Allbright Alien Adventures''
Rod Allbright believes he's a relatively normal sixth-grader… until a tiny spaceship and its occupants crashes through his window and enlist his aid in arresting an intergalactic criminal, who must be stopped before he completes a plan that will lead to the destruction of the entire universe.

* ''Aliens Ate My Homework'' (1993)
* ''I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X'' (1994)
* ''The Search for Snout''/''Aliens Stole My Dad'' (1995)
* ''Aliens Stole My Body'' (1998)
!!!''The Unicorn Chronicles''
Young Cara finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure when she enters the magical land of Luster, home of the unicorns and other beings, and encounters the Hunters seeking to destroy them.

* ''Into the Land of the Unicorns'' (1994)
* ''Song of the Wanderer'' (1999)
* ''Dark Whispers'' (2008)
* ''The Last Hunt'' (2010)
!!!Shakespeare retellings
Adaptations of the classic Shakespeare plays, incorporating essential lines from each of them into a prose style.

* ''The Tempest'' (1996)
* ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' (1996)
* ''Macbeth'' (1997)
* ''Romeo and Juliet'' (1999)
* ''Twelfth Night'' (2003)
* ''Hamlet'' (2004)
* ''The Winter's Tale'' (2007)
!!!''I Was a Sixth Grade Alien'' (''My Best Friend Is an Alien'' in some countries)
Earth has made contact with another world, and its ambassador insists that his son, Pleskit Meenom, be treated like a normal Earth kid. That means enrolling him in sixth grade, where he and his new best friend Tim Tompkins get into all kinds of wild adventures.

* ''I Was a Sixth Grade Alien'' (1999)
* ''The Attack of the Two-Inch Teacher'' (1999)
* ''I Lost My Grandfather's Brain'' (1999)
* ''Peanut Butter Lover Boy'' (2000)
* ''Zombies of the Science Fair'' (2000)
* ''Don't Fry My Veeblax!'' (2000)
* ''Too Many Aliens'' (2000)
* ''Snatched From Earth'' (2000)
* ''There's an Alien in My Backpack'' (2000)
* ''The Revolt of the Miniature Mutants'' (2001)
* ''There's an Alien in My Underwear'' (2001)
* ''Farewell to Earth'' (2001)
!!!''Moongobble and Me''
A young boy named Edward finds himself having adventures with the wizard Moongobble.

* ''The Dragon of Doom'' (2003)
* ''The Weeping Werewolf'' (2004)
* ''The Evil Elves'' (2004)
* ''The Mischief Monster'' (2007)
* ''The Naughty Nork'' (2009)
!!!''Amber Brown''
A revival of the series begun by Paula Danziger, co-written by Coville and Elizabeth Levy after Danziger's death.

* ''Amber Brown is Tickled Pink'' (2012)
* ''Amber Brown Is on the Move'' (2013)
* ''Amber Brown Horses Around'' (2014)
!!!''The Enchanted Files''
A humor/fantasy series where the events of each book are told through diary entries and other documents.

* ''Diary of a Mad Brownie''/''Cursed'' (2015)
* ''Diary of a Runaway Griffin''/''Hatched'' (2016)

[[folder:Standalones by Bruce Coville:]]
* ''Space Station Ice-3'' (1987 as ''Murder in Orbit''; reissued in 1996)
* ''Monster of the Year'' (1990)
* ''The Dragonslayers'' (1994)
* ''Fortune's Journey'' (1994)
* ''The World's Worst Fairy Godmother'' (1996)
* ''Armageddon Summer'' (1998) - Collaboration with Creator/JaneYolen.
* ''The Monsters of Morley Manor'' (2001)
* ''Thor's Wedding Day'' (2005)
* ''Always October'' (2012) - his 100th book published.

[[folder:Picture books by Bruce Coville:]]
* ''The Foolish Giant'' (1978) - Coville's very first book to be published.
* ''Sarah's Unicorn'' (1985)
* ''Sarah and the Dragon'' (1987)
* ''My Grandfather's House'' (1996)
* ''The Lapsnatcher'' (1997)
* ''The Prince of Butterflies'' (2002)
* ''Hans Brinker'' (2007, retelling)

[[folder:Anthologies by Bruce Coville:]]

!!!''Bruce Coville's Book of...''
Themed anthologies with introductions and an opening story by Bruce Coville, and occasionally one or two more of his snuck in among the other entries. Books 7-11 include the five-part story ''The Monsters of Morley Manor'', which would be expanded and revised into the book of the same name.

* ''Bruce Coville's Book of Monsters'' (1993)
* ''Bruce Coville's Book of Aliens'' (1994)
* ''Bruce Coville's Book of Ghosts'' (1995)
* ''Bruce Coville's Book of Nightmares'' (1995)
* ''Bruce Coville's Book of Spine Tinglers'' (1996)
* ''Bruce Coville's Book of Magic'' (1996)
* ''Bruce Coville's Book of Monsters II'' (1996)
* ''Bruce Coville's Book of Aliens II'' (1996)
* ''Bruce Coville's Book of Ghosts II'' (1997)
* ''Bruce Coville's Book of Nightmares II'' (1997)
* ''Bruce Coville's Book of Spine Tinglers II'' (1997)
* ''Bruce Coville's Book of Magic II'' (1997)
!!!''Bruce Coville's...''
Themed anthologies. Unlike his previous "Book of…" series, these do not usually include any stories by Coville himself, and he does not count them in his formal list of books.

* ''Bruce Coville's Shapeshifters'' (1999)
* ''Bruce Coville's Alien Visitors'' (1999)
* ''Bruce Coville's Strange Worlds'' (2000)
* ''Bruce Coville's [=UFO=]s'' (2000)
Anthology series containing a mix of previously published and brand new stories exclusively by Coville.

* ''Oddly Enough'' (1994)
* ''Odder Than Ever'' (1999)
* ''Odds Are Good'' (2006; omnibus of the first two books)
* ''Oddest of All'' (2008)
!!!Other anthologies
* ''The Unicorn Treasury'' (1988)
* ''Herds of Thunder, Manes of Gold'' (1989)
* ''A Glory of Unicorns'' (1998)
* ''Half Human'' (2001)
* ''Bruce Coville's Book of Fear'' (2012; e-book only release)

[[folder:Other books by Bruce Coville:]]
* ''Prehistoric People'' (1990, nonfiction)
* ''The Dungeon'' #2: ''The Dark Abyss'' (1989) - Coville's contribution to a fantasy series organized by Creator/PhilipJoseFarmer and written by multiple authors.
!!Works by Bruce Coville with their own pages include:

* ''Literature/AmberBrown''
* ''Literature/ArmageddonSummer''
* ''Literature/TheDragonslayers''
%%* ''Literature/IWasASixthGradeAlien'' - redirects to a page about a TV series
* ''Literature/MagicShop''
* ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien''
* ''Literature/RodAlbrightAlienAdventures''
* ''Literature/SpaceBrat''
* ''Literature/TheMonstersOfMorleyManor''
* ''Literature/TheUnicornChronicles''

!!Other works by Bruce Coville contain examples of:

* CreatorThumbprint: Quite a few works involve miniaturized individuals. Aside from the ''Rod Allbright Alien Adventures'' series with its two-inch aliens and ''The Monsters of Morley Manor'' with its five inch title characters, characters are shrunk to two inches in an installment of the ''I Was A Sixth Grade Alien'' series.
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: ''Diary of a Mad Brownie''. [[spoiler:Alex Carhart's little sister Destiny has an invisible friend, Herbert the Goblin, who later supposedly disappears after her teacher tries to convince her he isn't real (angering Angus, the titular "mad Brownie"). Later on, when the protagonists (including said teacher) travel through the Enchanted Realm, they meet Herbert and learn he's a crewman on a ship there -- he met Destiny while he was on shore leave, and left with a promise to keep in touch when his time was up.]]
* OurGoblinsAreDifferent: The goblins in ''Goblins in the Castle'' and the short story "The Stinky Princess", while definitely weird, are mostly snarky and pragmatic, and tend to be a lot more decent than many human characters.
* SdrawkcabName: The ''Goblins'' series features goblins from the land of Nilbog.
* SolitarySorceress: The witch Granny Pinchbottom in ''Goblins in the Castle''.
* TheVerse: Many of Coville's fantasy books take place in the same universe, or at least the same multiverse. Mentions of the wizards Bellenmore and his apprentice Aaron link the worlds of ''Elives' Magic Shop'', ''The Unicorn Chronicles'', the ''Goblins'' duology and some of Coville's short stories (such as ''Wizard's Boy'' from ''Bruce Coville's Book of Magic''). In addition, the Author's notes in ''Goblins on the Prowl'' confirm that his picture book ''The Foolish Giant'' is set in the same universe, while lines from the book mentioning that their land is ruled by "Queen Wilhelmina", who had a bear for a friend many years ago, suggest that the series takes place in the same world as ''The Dragonslayers'' (a connection later confirmed via the guestbook of Coville's official website).

[[folder: The A.I. Gang]]

* BagOfHolding: Non-fantastic example, but the gang is still amazed by how much stuff Ray can store in his pants pockets.
* BigBad: Black Glove, the top agent of G.H.O.S.T., is this for the whole series.
* BigEater: Wendy. It's said that hunger is almost a permanent condition with her.
* BizarreTasteInFood: Wendy's appetite is described as "remarkable at its best", and is said to have taken a turn for the bizarre in ''Robot Trouble'', though details (such as the contents of her "Megaburger") are not given.
* BubblePipe: Dr. Mercury uses one.
* CassandraTruth: Despite the gang's repeated attempts to convince the adults on the island, especially Dr. Hwa, that there's a dangerous threat, most of the adults (except for Dr. Remov, who's the one who actually told them about G.H.O.S.T. and Black Glove in the first place) just ignore them. [[spoiler: Ultimately subverted when it turns out Dr. Hwa knew they were telling the truth the whole time, but covered it up because he ''was'' Black Glove!]]
* CompanionCube: Ray and his ever-present basketball.
* CreatingLifeIsBad: [[spoiler: Dr. Standish]] firmly believes in this and is fueled by outrage at the idea that humans would try to create a computer that can think.
* DeusEstMachina: The title characters are the children of superscientist working to create an Artificial Intelligence named ADAM. In the finale, ADAM wakes up. [[spoiler: "He" starts talking to the protagonists and the villain and, by the end of the conversation, he's figured out how to create force-fields, disable all the nuclear weapons in the world, and the Unified Field Theory. He then sinks beneath the ocean, because he's not sure if humanity is ready for him.]]
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Wendy disappears during the battle with the robo-shark, but turns up alive and well later. It turns out the shark knocked her out during the fight and she was rescued and taken back to land by the gang's mysterious and, at that point, unidentified ally.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Ramon Korbuscek, main antagonist of ''The A.I. Gang #2: Robot Trouble''. It's revealed early on that in his time training under Dr. Stanley Remov, the older man had implanted a post-hypnotic suggestion that only he could use, causing a crippling wave of fear in the subject. Later, when Ramon is on a catwalk, struggling with Hap and Roger, Dr. Remov speaks Ramon's key word over the intercom, causing the spy to jump away from them into open air and fall to his death.]]
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Wendy ''hates'' tofu and other "healthy foods" that her parents try to foist off on her.
* FeedItABomb: [[spoiler: The robo-shark in ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'' attacks Trip and he hurriedly gets out of the way, leaving Black Glove's latest transmitter, which is about to self-destruct in a ''very'' big way, in his place... so the shark swallows the bomb just before it goes off.]]
* FunWithAcronyms: G.H.O.S.T., said to be an acronym for "General Headquarters for Organized Strategic Terrorism". [[spoiler: It's really "General Headquarters for ''Oppose'' Strategic Terrorism".]]
* GadgeteerGenius: Somewhat downplayed version with Hap. He's a superb "nuts-and-bolts" type with a talent for putting things together, but none of his creations are ''too'' far out of the norm.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Sgt. Brody's security robots have these.
* HairTriggerTemper: Wendy is described as a "four-foot stick of dynamite with a two-inch fuse".
* HeightAngst: Ray Gammand is once mentioned as having "never forgiven his body for choosing his mother's genes for height instead of his father's" (Hugh Gammand is over seven feet tall). It doesn't help that he believes he needs to be taller in order to play basketball, which is his favorite sport.
* IWarnedYou: Dr. Remov has believed in G.H.O.S.T. and Black Glove all along, but his friend Dr. Mercury always thought the idea was nonsense. [[spoiler: In ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'', Remov gets to say he was right when Black Glove formally reveals himself.]]
* MadBomber: The main antagonist of ''The A.I. Gang #1: Operation Sherlock'' is one, seeking to destroy the island and everyone on it to stop them from building a truly self-aware computer, considering the idea to be horrific. The trope name is even included on the back of the book.
* MeaningfulName: Dr. Mercury's surname is regarded as fitting by the narration, due to his being the smallest and roundest of the scientists.
* MechanicalMonster: Sgt. Brody's security robots are big, tough and terrifying.
* MessOnAPlate: Wendy thinks of her mother's preferred meal of tofu and bean sprouts as this.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Wendy's specialty is microrobotics, which includes three talking dolls she's programmed as a three-part alarm clock. She's also programmed them to curse like sailors when they fall down, but the exact word is never used, instead being identified as "a word their owner's parents would prefer she not even knew" and similar things.
* NoodleImplements: Among the junk in his pockets, Ray apparently carries around a large rubber lizard for "emergencies".
* PoliceAreUseless: Sgt. Brody and his security team are more obstructive than helpful when the gang is trying to crack the spy case on the island, interfering in their efforts to stop the mad bomber in ''Operation Sherlock'' and get needed parts or save their friends in ''Robot Trouble''. It gets worse in ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'' when Brody has the security robots reprogrammed so the gang can't control them anymore - despite the fact that their doing so had saved several lives in the previous book. [[spoiler: There's also the fact that he fell for two frame-up jobs, one by Ramon Korbuscek to frame his roommate for treason in ''Robot Trouble'', and one by Black Glove himself that targeted Bridget [=McGrory=] in ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'', making it look like ''she'' was Black Glove! Averted with [=McGrory=] herself, who turns out to be a member of the National Security Task Force and thus outranks Brody.]]
* PungeonMaster: Paracelsus, the talking bronze head made by Roger and Rachel Phillips. He includes "one of the best Conversation Simulators in the country", and Roger has a habit of sneaking new puns into his collection of pre-programmed responses. It gets to the point where one of their friends outright asks if they used old joke books to program him.
* RoboticReveal: [[spoiler: The robo-shark in ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'' is revealed as a robot after it's blown to bits and they get a chance to examine the remains - specifically, Ray shows the others a piece of its skin, which turns out to have springs clinging to it and thread running through the backing. This is foreshadowed earlier in the event when the robo-shark passes by Wendy, who feels that it has ''smooth'' skin. As she knows, real shark skin is ''rough''.]]
* RobotDog: Rin Tin Stainless Steel, a "mechanical mutt" the gang built as a test project, who first appeared in ''The Cutlass Clue'' and makes return appearances in ''Robot Trouble'' and ''Forever Begins Tomorrow''.
* RobotMaid: Housekeeping robots appear throughout the books, though they're usually designed for specialty chores. For instance, the Wendell-Watson home has a robot designed to clean rooms (though it's no match for the disaster area that is Wendy's bedroom), the Phillips family owns a robot that cleans up after meals and washes the dishes and silverware inside itself, and the Gang itself keeps a primitive butler-bot to greet people at their headquarters.
* RummageFail: Ray stores so much junk in his pockets, this inevitably happens - in ''Operation Sherlock'', he pulls out a dead worm while trying to find some cash (his only remark about it is "I've ''got'' to give up fishing."), and in ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'', he pulls out coins embedded in a caramel, a large rubber lizard and other items before finding what he's looking for.
* TheShortGuyWithGlasses: Ray Gammand, who wears glasses and isn't even five feet tall. He is highly annoyed by both traits.
* SlipperySkid: During book 2, Sgt. Brody finds himself slipping and falling more than once after Ray dumps out an open container of ball bearings into his path.
* TerrorHero: Sgt. Brody's security robots. Brody himself, in one of his smarter moments, explains that they're designed to scare an enemy out of their wits with their intimidating appearance.
* ThreateningShark: One turns up when the gang is out at sea in ''Forever Begins Tomorrow'', looking for Black Glove's latest transmitter. [[spoiler: It turns out to be a robot made to look like a shark, sent to guard the transmitter.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Wendy loves burgers.
* TrashOfTheTitans: Wendy's room is a disaster area, which even her parents' household cleaning robot can't do a thing about.
* WeaponizedExhaust: Attempted in ''Robot Trouble''. The gang have built a rocket and are preparing to launch it; however, two separate spies break into it for their own reasons. One is discovered by two of the kids, whom he knocks out, ties up and leaves to be incinerated by the rocket's exhaust. The other is discovered by a third member of the gang, who is knocked out and left inside the rocket; her efforts to signal for help lead to the launch being aborted by the rest of the gang, saving all three lives.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler: G.H.O.S.T., the organization which seeks to seize power from the world governments that have filled the skies with military hardware, including nuclear missiles in space, can be considered this. So can their agent Black Glove, who actually succeeds in taking control of those weapons and intends to demand mankind's surrender, even if he has to blow up a city or two to prove he means business.]]


[[folder: Camp Haunted Hills]]

* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: The focus of ''Cry of the Sasquatch'', the film the characters are making in the first book. And then it turns out they're ''real'', and have been living near the camp for some time.
* MultitaskedConversation: ''How I Survived My Summer Vacation'' has a rather puckish ghost that only the protagonist can see, who at one point congratulates the protagonist on being able to do this.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: ''Camp Haunted Hills'' features famous director Gregory Stevens (who founded the camp in its current form), who is essentially a combination of George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg. His films include the ''Battle For the Galaxy'' trilogy (a reference to ''Star Wars''), ''White Death'' (referencing ''Jaws''), ''Temple of the Golden Arches'', and ''Boogeymen'' (which was said to be making money so fast that the government would have to open a new printing plant to make enough dollars to pay his earnings).
* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: In ''Camp Haunted Hills'', Stuart Glassman admits to having seen ''Battle For the Galaxy'' fifteen times the first week it was open.
* {{Slurpasaur}}: In-universe in the ''Camp Haunted Hills'' trilogy, set at a camp where the attendees learn how to make movies. Harry Housen (ironically, named for [[Creator/RayHarryhausen an effects artist who specialized in averting this trope]]), who teaches special effects, specializes in holographic projection and is always painting his pet iguana Myron different colors, or pasting wings, fins or other things on the lizard, even figuring out how to make smoke come out of Myron's nostrils at one point, and then uses the altered iguana as a model for said holograms. Fortunately, the lizard is very patient about all this. The resulting holograms are more effective than one would think -- they terrify both humans and, in the finale, a family of Bigfoot holding the heroes captive.


[[folder: I Was A Sixth Grade Alien]]

* MarsWantsChocolate: In ''I Was a Sixth Grade Alien'', the aliens visiting Earth want to find a reason to establish friendly relations with us, but we don't have anything they actually particularly want. Until, that is, they discover peanut butter. Not because it's so delicious, but because it supercharges their romantic and sexual drives.
* SquareCubeLaw: In one of the ''I Was a Sixth Grade Alien'' books the characters are shrunk to about seven inches and quickly discover that this has not affected their strength or mass; after trying to get off a desk they attempt jumping down onto a open drawer and snap right through it.
* StayWithTheAliens: In the ''Sixth Grade Alien'' series, Linnsy chooses not to return to Earth after undergoing MentalFusion with an alien symbiont, deciding instead to travel the galaxy.


[[folder: Monster of the Year]]

* CulturePolice: Myrna Smud's idea of censorship involves trying to wipe out anything creative (such as outdoor advertising, monsters and ''fairy tales''), which she claims will stimulate the imagination and lead to crime.
* TheIgor: He's even ''named'' Igor, and accompanies Sigmund Fred to the contest, but isn't planning to be a contestant himself.
* IHaveManyNames: In ''Monster of the Year'', the Frankenstein monster has at least four names. According to Igor, the man who made the monster named him Sigmund, but used a brain from a man named Fred. So sometimes they call him Sigmund (or "Siggie" for short), sometimes they call him Fred, and sometimes they call him Sigmund Fred. But usually Igor doesn't call him anything, since it just upsets him.
-->'''Sigmund Fred''' (in response to the last part): "Just make sure you call me for dinner."
* TheMaidenNameDebate: ''Monster of the Year'' has Michael [=McGraw=], whose mother (Elsa Adams) changed her name to her husband's when she got married, changed back after they divorced, and said she'd stay with her maiden name for the rest of her life. Michael, on the other hand, had his name changed to match his stepfather's. As he puts it, "This confuses outsiders, since they can't figure out who I really belong to, but it suits the three of us just fine."
* MonsterMash: ''Monster of the Year'' includes a Frankenstein's monster, a vampire, a gill man, a wolfman, a mummy, two hunchbacks (Quasimodo and Igor), a Godzilla expy, and a Phantom of the Opera in a "Blink-And-You'll-Miss-It" cameo.
* MoralGuardians: Myrna Smud, the antagonist of ''Monster of the Year''.
* PungeonMaster: Kevver Smith makes puns all the time. His friend Michael [=McGraw=] has learned to tune him out when he does so.
* ThisMeansWar: The Count is the one to say it after Myrna Smud's motivations are revealed while they're in Michael's living room, watching her on TV:
-->'''TV interviewer''': "Just what is it about the monsters that bothers you so much, Mrs. Smud?
-->'''Myrna Smud''': [[spoiler: "They overstimulate children's imaginations. This causes them to think too much, which is not healthy at a young age."]]
-->''Everyone in the room looks at one another in astonishment, except for...''
-->'''The Count''' (rises, trembling with anger): "This, means var!"
* VampireVords: Used by the Count in ''Monster of the Year''.
* VegetarianVampire: ''Monster of the Year'' features The Count, who drinks only "the elixir of life": V8 juice. Through a straw. He says it feels more natural if he can suck it.
* WouldHurtAChild: During the big riot the night of the contest, Myrna Smud whacks young Lulu Toomaloo, who's been leading a cheer in support of the monsters, over the head with her "Ban all monsters" sign. That's what triggers the crowd to go ''completely'' nuts and turns them all in favor of Lulu.


[[folder: Nina Tanleven]]

* BewareOfHitchhikingGhosts: In "The Ghost Let Go", Nina "Nine" Tanleven, her friend Chris Gurley, and Nine's father get in an accident because of what they initially suspect might be a hitchhiking ghost, with Nine and Chris theorizing that she caused them to crash rather than ask for a lift because the driver wasn't alone. The "ghost" later turns out to be the very much alive Dolores Smiley. Her mother is a ghost, who was accidentally struck and killed by a car almost identical to the Tanleven's (Dolores mistook their car for the one from long ago, which is why she ran out in front of them and caused their accident), and Dolores goes out every year on the anniversary of Mrs. Smiley's death, hoping she'll find her spirit wandering the road where she died so that she can finally apologize for the last, hateful words she ever said to her mother.
* EvilLawyerJoke: Downplayed version in the ''Nina Tanleven'' series, where Chris once remarks that her father says "You shouldn't believe anything you hear from a lawyer."
-->'''Nine''': "I thought your uncle was a lawyer."
-->'''Chris''' (laughing): "He's the reason my dad says that!"
* IfICantHaveYou: In ''The Ghost in the Third Row'', the ghost was killed by a jealous lover after she chooses his rival over him.
* ImpossiblyDeliciousFood: Mentioned, jokingly, in ''The Ghost Wore Gray'': Nine suggests that Captain Jonathan Gray is hanging around as a ghost because he'd had one of the cook's pastries and decided he'd already made it to heaven.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: In the ''Nina Tanleven'' series, Nina's friend Chris Gurley is the only girl in a family of seven children, which doesn't amuse her - she complains that it's "like living with a football team".
* NarrativeProfanityFilter:
** In ''The Ghost in the Third Row'', Nine and Chris are trapped in a very small, very dark room, and don't know what to do. Chris points out that "being picky won't get them anywhere." Nine tells the reader that "actually, that was the meaning of what she said. Her actual words would probably burn the page."
** ''The Ghost Wore Gray'' has Nine recall that Edgar Lonis, director of the play from the first book, once commented to her that one of the great secrets of acting was planting a seed in the audience's mind and then letting it grow. He then told her: "Your problem, Nine, is that once you plant the seed, you go overboard with the fertilizer." Except, Nine recalls, "He didn't say fertilizer".
* PartingWordsRegret: "The Ghost Let Go" has a young woman whose last words to her mother were "I HATE YOU!", before [[spoiler:the mother and the girl's boyfriend (the cause of the argument) were killed in a car crash, while the girl was horribly disfigured]]. The regret at those words, and the fact that ghosts can't communicate with the living (except the protagonists), is what is causing them to stay, hence the title.
* PunnyName: Nina "Nine" Tanleven.
* TheCobblersChildrenHaveNoShoes: Referenced in book 3 of the ''Nina Tanleven'' series, in which Nine's father, who restores old buildings for a living, decides that after years of being too busy, it's time for him to restore their own house, starting by stripping the old (and ugly) wallpaper from their stairwell and replacing it.
* WomanInWhite: ''The Ghost in the Third Row'' features a ghost called the Woman in White, an actress who had been murdered in the theater fifty years ago. The fact that the protagonists in the book were putting on the play of her origin story gets her attention...


[[folder: Short stories]]

* AdaptationExpansion: Three of Coville's short stories have been expanded into full books by Coville himself.
** ''My Little Brother Is a Monster'' (published in 1993 in ''Bruce Coville's Book of Monsters'') was expanded and adapted into ''Always October'' in 2012.
** ''Clean As a Whistle'' (first published in the 1994 anthology ''Oddly Enough'') was expanded and adapted into ''Diary of a Mad Brownie'' (2015).
** The five-part ''The Monsters of Morley Manor'' was expanded into ''Literature/TheMonstersOfMorleyManor''.
* DeadAllAlong: The protagonist of "The Thing in Auntie Alma's Pond" is terrified of her aunt's pond, but doesn't know why. Eventually she remembers that she was in a boating accident on the pond -- which she died in. Having at last faced up to the truth, she moves on into the afterlife.
* DiscoveringYourOwnDeadBody: The protagonist of Coville's short story "The Thing in Auntie Alma's Pond" does this.
* HasTwoMommies: The short story ''Duffy's Jacket'' has the title character and his cousins Andrew and Marie, whose mothers are sisters and raise the trio together, with no fathers in sight.
* ImpossiblyDeliciousFood: "Biscuits of Glory" features biscuits that are "heavenly" in a near-literal sense. In a normal person, this causes levitation. [[spoiler:When given to a ghost, it "feels like it went to heaven," and is exorcised.]] This is ultimately a negative effect, because nothing else can compare to the taste of the biscuits.