Oddest of All

Oddest of All

By Bruce Coville

Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152058081, 235pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2008

Fans of Bruce Coville's wonderfully weird storytelling will be thrilled to know that the expert of odd is back with a new collection ofnine curious and thought-provokingtales. From stories about a girl wholearnsthe horrifying secrets about what's "really" at the bottom of a murky, desolate pond, a strange chemical factory causing mutations in frogs, and aHalloween mask that becomes a gruesome cluein the disappearance of a child, theodd adventuresin this new collectionare filled with terrifying and ghoulish details. In the eerie, surreal tradition of Edgar Allan Poe, thesereveriesare sure tolinger in the minds of readers.

About the Author
Bruce Coville grew up around the corner from his grandparents' dairy farm, where he spent a great deal of time dodging cows (and chores) and reading voraciously. He has been a toymaker, a gravedigger, a cookware salesman, an assembly line worker, a magazine editor, and an elementary school teacher. Bruce's books have appeared in more than a dozen countries and have sold more than sixteen million copies. Among his most popular titles are My Teacher Is an Alien; Into the Land of Unicorns; and Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. He is also the founder of Full Cast Audio, an award-winning audio book company specializing in family listening (www.fullcastaudio.com).

October is Bruce's favorite month, so he is especially delighted that Always October is his 100th book. He lives in Syracuse, New York.