BRUCE COVILLE is the author of over 100 books for children and young adults, including the international bestseller My Teacher is an Alien, the Unicorn Chronicles series, and the much-beloved Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. His work has appeared in a dozen languages and won children's choice awards in a dozen states. Before becoming a full time writer Bruce was a teacher, a toymaker, a magazine editor, a gravedigger, and a cookware salesman. He is also the creator of Full Cast Audio, an audiobook company devoted to producing full cast, unabridged recordings of material for family listening and has produced over a hundred audiobooks, directing and/or acting in most of them. Bruce lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife, illustrator and author Katherine Coville. Visit his website at www.brucecoville.com.
Gr 4-7-Juliet Dove is a painfully shy middle school student who is inadvertently lured into a mysterious shop, where she is given an amulet. Once on, it cannot be removed and Juliet realizes she has gotten herself trapped in a story that must be finished before she can be free. With the help of two talking rats who are friends of the elusive shop owner, she learns that the necklace was given to her by Eris, the goddess of discord. It is the same amulet worn by Helen of Troy and was the true cause of the Trojan War because it makes its wearer irresistible to the opposite sex. Embarrassed by the increasingly large group of boys following her wherever she goes, Juliet nonetheless manages to unfold the mystery of why she was meant to wear the necklace. Ultimately, she is instrumental in reuniting the tragically parted mythological lovers Cupid and Psyche. Although humorous, the story has surprising depth, with musings on honor, power, strength, courage, and, above all, love. Juliet's journey through the tale in which she finds herself helps her to achieve a greater appreciation for herself, her family, and friends. "Every love story needs an ending" and this tale has an optimistic and open one, with possible future adventures indicated. Coville capably interweaves mythological characters with realistic modern ones, keeping readers truly absorbed.-B. Allison Gray, John Jermain Library, Sag Harbor, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
In the fifth installment of Bruce Coville's Magic Shop series, Juliet Dove, Queen of Love, a mysterious woman gives shy, plain Juliet a magic amulet. Suddenly, all the boys in her class start noticing her-and falling in love with her. Juliet doesn't want all the attention, but she can't get the amulet to come off. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Coville's easy style works well in a tale that has its share of
both humor and heartache.--Booklist Surprising depth, with
musings on honor, power, strength, courage, and, above all, love .
. . Interweaves mythological characters with realistic modern ones,
keeping readers truly absorbed.--School Library Journal