An American author of the baby boomer generation known for his Young Adult
and Children's Literature
. He tends to write in the Speculative Fiction
genre, occasionally dipping into horror, although generally of the kid-friendly variety
His works include:
Is associated with the following tropes:
- Adaptation Expansion: Coville has done this with three of his own short stories.
- Every book in his Bruce Coville's Book Of... anthology series begins with one of his own stories. The first of these, My Little Brother Is a Monster (published in 1993), was expanded and adapted into the full-length book Always October in 2012.
- The seventh through eleventh volumes (published in 1996 and 1997) began with the five-part Serial Novel The Monsters of Morley Manor, which was expanded and modified into its own book of the same title, released in 2003.
- Clean As a Whistle, first published in the 1994 anthology Oddly Enough, has been expanded into a full-length novel, Diary of a Mad Brownie, slated for release in 2015.
- Alien Lunch: Loves describing strange and unusual foods, which more often than not, actually turn out to be quite tasty.
- Children Are Special
- Coming-of-Age Story
- Creator Thumbprint: Quite a few works involve miniaturized individuals. Precisely two-inches high. The Monsters of Morley Manor. The kids in I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X are described to be two inches tall compared to the monster Smorkus Flinders, if he was human size. the aliens in Aliens Stole My Homework make themselves that small when they fly through space basically inexplicably. The protagonist and his teacher in the sequel to I Was A Sixth Grade Alien and the classroom's hamsters in the third book.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Few of the monsters or supernatural entities in the books are evil. At worst, they're tragic Anti-Villains.
- Defanged Horrors: Some of them fall right into the category of actual horror, though.
- End of an Age: The former magical age of the earth is implied in several continuities (The Unicorn Chronicles and Magic Shop).
- The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: S. H. Elives' wandering magic shoppe appears in many of his stories.
- Space Is Magic
- Starfish Aliens
- Translator Microbes: Make an appearance in many of his novels involving trans-species communication. Takes the form of a translator implant in the My Teacher Is an Alien series, and a gift of dragon's blood in The Unicorn Chronicles.
- Urban Fantasy