Bruce Coville was born in Syracuse in 1950. He first became interested in writing when he was in the sixth grade, and started writing seriously at the age of 17. He married in 1969, aged 19, and started collaborating on books with his wife, Katherine Dietz, an artist. They have three children. He had many other jobs along the way, including toy maker, gravedigger, cookware salesman and assembly line worker, finally sticking with teaching until his first book was published in 1977. Bruce has published over sixty books since then and now has more than 12 million copies in print. Bruce has a lifelong interest in aliens and certainly believes in their existence. He says: "Absolutely there's life out there. I think it's less likely we'll find something than something else will find us. The question is whether they'll want to talk to us or not!".
Gr 4-6-This excellent audio presentation of the book by Bruce Coville is part of the I Was a Sixth Grade Alien series. The story is presented in the form of letters and journal entries written by Pleskit Meenom, an alien from the planet Hevi-Hevi, and his earth friend, Tim Tompkins. Pleskit gets into trouble when he brings the brain of the "grandfatherly one" to class and it disappears during a bomb scare. Narrator William Dufris is very adept at differentiating the many male and female character voices. Important lessons about trust, friendship, and honesty are humorously interwoven in Coville's fantastic plot. A popular addition for school and public libraries.-Diane Balodis, Alden Intermediate School, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
MY ALIEN CLASSMATE is out of this world! I love the story, I love the characters, I love the humour. I recommend this book to everyone who has sometimes felt that he or she did not fit in. - Paula Danziger