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Hardcover

Published February 2008
The One Right Thing Hardcover price: $25.00

First edition, First printing
ISBN-13: 978-1-886778-72-6
ISBN-10: 1-886778-72-8
Page count: 256
Book Size: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"

The One Right Thing

by Bruce Coville

Bruce Coville writes about heroes: big heroes, little heroes, blue heroes, pink heroes, heroic trolls, and heroic humans. And what he teaches us about heroes is fairly simple — that heroes are people who make right choices in hard circumstances. Heroes are those people about whom we think, “That ogre did very good things and made the world a better place to live.”

This book features some of Bruce’s more delightful (and improbable) heroes: a stinky princess, a strong-willed unicorn, a magician’s struggling apprentice, a boy who kept faith with an angel, a fairy godmother working to keep her wings, and even a headless ghost. The One Right Thing is really about a lot of right things that everyday people (and your average monster or two) do to grow and to help others.

More than anything, this book is also a lot of fun. It is filled with wit and wisdom and laughter and joy and a touch of the eerie. You’ll find a dash of glory, a pinch of aliens, and more than a capful of whimsy.

Oh! And don’t think that this is “just” a book for the young. This is a book for anyone who wants to lift their wings, spring into the sky, and fly into their own tomorrow.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction (Tamora Pierce)
  • The Stinky Princess
  • I, Earthling
  • The Guardian of Memory
  • A Life in Miniature
  • The Troddler
  • Old Glory
  • Just Like You
  • The World’s Worst Fairy Godmother (illustrated by Katherine Coville)
  • The Box
  • My Little Brother is a Monster
  • The Giant’s Tooth
  • Ragged John
  • Saying No to Nick
  • Clean as a Whistle
  • With His Head Tucked Underneath His Arm
  • Wizard’s Boy
  • The Metamorphosis of Justin Jones
Edited by Deb Geisler
Cover art by Omar Rayyan
Cover design by Sheila Rayyan