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Nina learns that fifty years ago, a beautiful actress was murdered -- on this very stage! According to legend, she has haunted the theater ever since.... Strange things begin to happen -- scripts are ripped up, sets are knocked down, a costume is torn to pieces -- and everyone thinks that the ghost wants to stop the show from going on. Everyone, that is, except for Nina and her best friend, Chris, who decide to do some ghost hunting of their own. But only the Woman in White can lead them to the answer!
In the first book of the Nina Tanleven Mysteries, Nina investigates the ghost of a haunted auditorium Standing on the Grand Theater's storied stage, sixth-grader Nina Tanleven is about to audition for the latest local production. But as she launches into song, she sees a mysterious woman dressed all in white appearing out of nowhere. It isn't until later, after Nina has won a part in the play, that she learns the truth: Fifty years ago, on the Grand's famous stage, the beautiful actress Lily Larkin--known for her captivating white costumes--was killed by a falling chandelier. Ever since, rumors have swirled that the ghost of Lily Larkin haunts the Grand. When eerie events start disrupting the play's rehearsals, Nina knows that Lily is responsible. But what is Lily trying to tell her? Along with her best friend, Chris, Nina decides that the only way she can save the play is to get to the bottom of this decades-old murder mystery. The Ghost in the Third Row is the first book of the Nina Tanleven Mysteries, which continue with The Ghost Wore Gray and The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Bruce Coville including rare images from the author's collection.
"What A Hunk! Too Bad He's Dead..." Sixth-grader Nina Tanleven convinced her architect father to let her best friend Chris go with them to stay in the old inn he's restoring. On the afternoon they arrive, the girls find a faded Civil War photograph of a very handsome Confederate soldier. Nina and Cris are stunned when the ghost of the young soldier suddenly appears at the dinner table that night! They realize he's the ghost who they've heard haunts the inn. When he appears to them again -- no one else can see him -- Nina and Chris know that the ghost is trying to tell them something. But what? To find out, the girls begin investigating the old country inn. And soon they are swept up in a frightening mystery that began more than one hundred years ago -- a mystery involving danger, greed, a hidden room... and a buried treasure!
In the second book of the Nina Tanleven Mysteries, Nina, the world's number-one sixth-grade ghost buster, embarks on a treasure hunt with help from the ghost of a Civil War soldier Not too long ago, Nina Tanleven would never have thought that her dream vacation could take place at a creaky lodge in New York's Catskill Mountains. But when her architect father agrees to renovate the three-story inn, it's the perfect opportunity for Nina and her best friend, Chris, to investigate rumors that the rambling old building is haunted. It isn't long before they learn the truth: Not only is the place haunted by the ghost of a Confederate soldier, it also holds secrets that lead to a buried treasure! The soldier hid his trove as a gift for the New York abolitionist who cared for him before he died, and his last wish is to see it unearthed. The clock is ticking as Nina and Chris race to solve the phantom's mysterious clues. But they aren't the only ones seeking the valuable bounty. Can they manage to find it first? The Ghost Wore Gray is the second book of the Nina Tanleven Mysteries, which begin with The Ghost in the Third Row and continue with The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed. This ebook features an illustrated personal history of Bruce Coville including rare images from the author's collection.
Compiled by the author of the Unicorn Chronicles, these twelve tales find unicorns in far-reaching times and places, from the fantastical world of Luster and the mystical land of ancient China to modern-day America.
What moans at midnight in Toad-in-a-Cage Castle? Toad-in-a-Cage Castle was filled with secrets -- secrets such as the hidden passages that led to every room, the long stairway down to the dungeon, and the weird creature named Igor who lived there.
What moans at midnight in Toad-in-a-Cage Castle? Toad-in-a-Cage Castle was filled with secrets -- secrets such as the hidden passages that led to every room, the long stairway that wound down to the dungeon, and the weird creature named Igor who lived there. But it was the mysterious night noises that bothered William the most -- the strange moans that drifted through the halls of the castle where he was raised. He wanted to know what caused them. Then one night he found out....
The stone toad is back! From the author of the upcoming Diary of a Mad Brownie, this follow-up to the bestselling Goblins in the Castle blends laugh-out-loud humor with fantasy and edge-of-your-seat adventure.In the year since William and Fauna freed the goblins from imprisonment in Toad-in-a-Cage Castle, peace has reigned over both the human and goblin kingdoms. Then one cold night William receives a strange book from an unknown visitor, a book that leads him and Fauna to the mysterious stone toad that sits in the castle's Great Hall. When an accidental spell brings the stone creature to life, the giant toad hops away--with William between its jaws!Fauna is no match for a ten-foot-tall frog made of rock, but she has magic--and a good amount of grit--on her side. Determined to save her friend, Fauna ventures forth on a journey through dangerous lands filled with fearsome giants, talking bears, and packs of rogue goblins. And in order to save William and reveal the mystery behind the stone toad, Fauna might have to divulge a secret that could turn her friends against her forever.
What is the source of our obsession with half-humans? Why do we still, in our modern technological age, find ourselves fascinated by mermaids and their ilk? Perhaps it is a recognition of our own divided nature. For all our wit and courage, our striving, stargazing, and philosophizing, we are still made of flesh, still have our animal nature -- and we need to remember that to live in our own skins. But we also yearn to escape our bodies' limitations. Who, watching our animal cousins, hasn't longed to be able to run like a horse, swim like a dolphin, soar like an eagle? Who wouldn't want to slip away, for a time at least, from the cares and troubles that bind us as humans and feel wild and free once more?
A collection of seventeen stories, poems, and excerpts from books about horses, by well-known authors over several centuries.
As soon as Stuart Glassman sees the ad for a summer movie camp, he knows that this is the place for him. What the ad doesn't say is that Camp Haunted Hill is run by Gregory Stevens, the man who makes the world's scariest movies -- and that he plans to try out his special effects on the campers!
When Rod's cousin Elspeth arrived for a visit the day after school let out for the summer, Rod thought his vacation was ruined. When they are kidnapped to Dimension X by a monster named Flinders, Rod realizes that Elspeth is the least of his problems.
Some kids lose their math book, or their sneakers, or their lunch. Pleskit Meenom, first alien kid to go to school on Earth, has a bigger problem: He's lost his grandfather's brain!
Life is not easy for Pleskit Meenom, the son of the first ambassador from another planet to arrive on Earth. Not only does he have to worry about just fitting in, but now he's shrunk his teacher and lost his grandfather's brain!!
Cara is sent on a mission by her grandmother to Luster, the land of the unicorns. Only Cara can protect the unicorns and their world from invasion.
The newest book in Coville's hilarious Magic Shop series. When homely Jennifer stumbles into Mr. Elives' Magic Shop, she ends up buying a talking toad named Bufo. Jennifer must make a painful choice about beauty when she faces a terrifying witch who is seeking the "Jewel of Perfect Happiness" concealed in Bufo's forehead.
Jennifer Murdley, a homely fifth-grader who would give anything to be beautiful, accidentally stumbles into a magic shop and purchases a very ugly toad. The toad, it turns out, can talk and ends up getting Jennifer into the worst trouble of her life. This madcap, head-spinning adventure is also a thought-provoking story about the nature of true beauty.
Sixth-grader Jeremy Thatcher has lived in Blodgett's Crossing all his life. He knows every street and every corner. Yet, one day, running away from classmate Mary Lou Hutton who wants to give him a kiss, he stumbles on a shop he has never seen before--Elives' Magic Supplies. When he nervously enters the store, his life is changed forever. The owner of the shop is an odd old man who seems reluctant to sell Jeremy anything--least of all the beautiful marbled ball that Jeremy desires. Then suddenly Mr. Elives changes his mind, practically giving the ball away for only a quarter. "I thought you said I didn't want it," Jeremy says. "You don't," Mr. Elives answers. "It wants you." And that is when Jeremy's adventure really begins.
Shy Juliet Dove leaves Mr. Elives' magic shop with Helen of Troy's amulet--a virtual man magnet. Juliet doesn't know what she's got, but soon every boy in town is swoony for her. Yet, much as she'd like to lose all the unwanted attention, she can't: The amulet won't come off!A sidesplittingly funny, heartbreaking whirlwind of a book about the high cost of loving, from the award-winning author of My Teacher Is an Alien and The Unicorn Chronicles.
A shy twelve-year-old girl must solve a puzzle involving characters from Greek mythology to free herself from a spell which makes her irresistible to boys.
With a deft hand and keen imagination, master storyteller Coville brings this riveting epic fantasy series to a rousing conclusion as the secrets of Luster are finally and satisfyingly unveiled.
[from the back cover] "Don't these monsters know a joke when they see it? When Mike and Kevver announced their MONSTER OF THE YEAR contest, it was just a funny way to liven up a dull summer. Of course, not everyone starts a joke with a 12-foot high billboard. But not everybody's mother owns a billboard company, either! Mike and Kevver thought they'd lucked out when Mike's mother gave them jobs as assistants at the McPhee Outdoor and Billboard Advertising Company. Of course, that was before the contest. Before the telegram from Transylvania. Before Igor and the first contestant arrived. Before the Count moved his coffin into Mike's basement. It was definitely before Mike and Kevver met Lulu Toomaloo. It was a contest that none of them would ever forget!" Check out the Bookshare collection for more than 65 books about monsters, unicorns, aliens and more by Bruce Coville, a popular author of books of humor, mystery and the unexpected.
What do you get when you mix together-- werewolves, vampires, mad scientists, wizards, aliens, alternate dimensions, tiny people, Transylvania, ancient curses, giant frogs, evil clones, ghosts, lawyers, shape-changers, fallen angels, journeys through hell, zombie warriors, body snatchers, and two clever kids in whose hands rests the fate of Earth? --The latest madcap adventure-comedy-fantasy-mystery from bestselling novelist Bruce Coville, that's what.
What do you get when you mix together--werewolves, vampires, mad scientists, wizards, aliens, alternate dimensions, tiny people, Transylvania, ancient curses, giant frogs, evil clones, ghosts, lawyers, shape-changers, fallen angels, journeys through hell, zombie warriors, body snatchers, and two clever kids in whose hands rests the fate of Earth?--The latest madcap adventure-comedy-fantasy-mystery from bestselling novelist Bruce Coville, that's what.
A timid boy, eager to frighten the school bully on Halloween night, acquires a magic ring and the power to change himself into a hideous monster.
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