The Monster's Ring by Bruce Coville
A Magic Shop Book

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Bruce Coville's The Monster's Ring did more than launch his career as a children's novelist, it also introduced readers to the world of Mr. Elives' Magic Shop, where boys hatch dragons, toads talk, skulls spout Shakespeare, and the heroes and heroines of Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher, Jennifer Murdley's Toad, The Skull of Truth, and next year's Juliet Dove, Queen of Love find enchantment, adventure, and insight. Now available in twentieth anniversary editions, each of these modern classics has been given a new afterword by the author and stunning new jacket art by Tony DiTerlizzi.

Twist it once, you're horned and haired;
Twist it twice and fangs are bared;
Twist it thrice? No one has dared!
Russell is sure that the ring is just a silly magic trick, but he follows the instructions and twists the ring twice anyway--and becomes a monster!

• ABA's Pick of the Lists
• Children's Choice Award Nominee (in four states)
• IRA Children's Choice

About Bruce Coville

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Bruce Coville was born in Syracuse, New York, on May 16, 1950. He spent one year at Duke University in North Carolina. Coville started working seriously at becoming a writer when he was seventeen. He was not able to start selling stories right away, so he had many other jobs, including toymaker, gravedigger, cookware salesman, and assembly line worker. Eventually, Coville became an elementary teacher, and worked with second and fourth graders. Coville married Katherine Dietz an artist, and they began trying to create books together. It wasn't until 1977 that they finally sold their first book, The Foolish Giant. They joined together on two other books after that, Sarah's Unicorn and The Monster's Ring, and followed them with Goblins in the Castle, Aliens Ate My Homework, and The World's Worst Fairy Godmother. No Bio
Published September 1, 2002 by Harcourt Children's Books. 128 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Bruce Coville's first novel, The Monster's Ring: A Magic Shop Book, about a bullied boy whose purchase of a green ring in a magic shop ensures a trouble-free future, returns in an expanded 20th ann

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Presented by Full Cast Audio, this audio reading of The Monster's Ring stars the author, Bruce Coville, as the story's narrator, Galen Druke as Russell and Liam Fitzpatrick as Eddie.

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