Edward is bored with life in the little town of Pigbone.
Then Moongobble the Magician and his faithful toad, Urk, move into the cottage on the hill.
Soon Edward has a job helping Moongobble. And Moongobble needs a lot of help, because it turns out he is not a very good magician. (His spells keep turning things into cheese!)
Edward has never been so busy or so happy. But then someone threatens to stop Moongobble from ever casting another spell. Edward can't let that happen. He'll do anything to save his friend's magic even face the deadly, dreaded Dragon of Doom!
About the Author
Bruce Coville has published more than one hundred books, which have sold more than sixteen million copies. Among his most popular titles are My Teacher Is an Alien, Into the Land of the Unicorns, and The Monster’s Ring. Bruce also founded Full Cast Audio, a company that creates recordings of the best in children’s and young adult literature. He lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife, Katherine.
Katherine Coville is an artist, a sculptor, and a doll maker who specializes in highly detailed images of creatures never before seen in this world. She has illustrated several books written by her husband, Bruce Coville, including Goblins in the Castle, Aliens Ate My Homework, and the Space Brat series. Bruce and Katherine live in Syracuse, New York, with a varying assortment of pets and children.
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Chapter 1: The Cottage on the Hill
I live in a little town called Pigbone.
Its full name is Pigbone-East-of-the-Mountains. I don't know if there is a Pigbone-West-of-the-Mountains. How could I? No one in our town ever goes anywhere.
"Why should we go somewhere else, Edward?" said my mother every time I complained about this. "We have everything we need right here."
I disagreed. What we didn't have was excitement.
Mother and I live in a little cottage at the edge of town.
Everyone in Pigbone lives in a cottage.
The only other kids in Pigbone are two older boys, who are kind of mean, and one new baby. So until Moongobble showed up, I sometimes got pretty lonely.
Behind our cottage is a big hill, very steep.
On top of the hill, right at the edge, sits another cottage, so big it's almost a house. It even has a kind of tower.
A long, twisty path winds up to this cottage, which had been empty for as long as I could remember. This cottage was where I went when I wanted to be alone. In fact, I spent so much time there I almost felt as if it belonged to me. So I was surprised, and a little upset, the day I saw smoke curling out of its chimney.
I ran to my mother.
"Someone has moved into the empty cottage!" I cried.
"Ignore it, Edward," she said. She wiped her hands on her apron and turned back to what she was cooking.
Mother was always cooking or washing or something. Sometimes I could help. Sometimes she just wanted me to get out of the way.
I decided this was a good time to get out of the way.
I also decided that the most out-of-the-way place I could get was up the hill.
I started up the narrow path that led to the cottage. The grass beside the path was as high as my shoulders. Bugs buzzed around me. The sun was warm. I started to sweat.
When I was about halfway up the hill, I turned to look down at Pigbone. I counted the cottages. Fifteen, just like always. Our cottage was the closest. The one farthest away-the biggest and nicest one-belonged to the Rusty Knight.
I started to climb again.
I was out of breath by the time I got to the top.
I had planned to go right up to the cottage door and ask who was living there. Then I saw something that slowed me down. Bursts of green light were coming out of the window!
I decided to do some sneaking. This was something I had practiced a lot, so I was very good at it.
Dropping to my knees, I crawled toward the cottage. I moved very quietly.
As I got closer, I heard voices.
"You know that's not going to work," said one voice. It was deep and raspy.
"Don't be so gloomy!" said the other voice. It was softer and had a friendly sound.
"I'm not gloomy," said the first voice. "I'm honest."
I crept closer. Soon I was just beneath the window.
Vines covered the side of the cottage. Using the vines for support, I lifted my head to peek over the windowsill.
I couldn't believe what I saw!
Copyright © 2003 by Bruce Coville
Table of Contents
1. The Cottage on the Hill
4. Helping Moongobble
5. A Problem
6. Fazwad the Mighty
7. The Rusty Knight
8. Getting Ready
9. The Dragon's Cave
10. Another Mistake
11. I Do Some Sneaking
12. The Dragon of Doom
13. Back to the Cottage
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There are other Bruce Coville books I like better, but this would be a good introductory book for a fantasy series. I especially think it would appeal to late second grade boys.
I'm reading this at night with Quinton and Lucia. I think Q's enjoying it. The characters are cute, but I don't know that we'll read the rest of the series...
i wouldnt recommened this book 2 any1. its weird and too short.
This book as been a great intro to fantasy and magic for my daughter (5 yrs old) She can not get enough of it and gets really upset when I stop reading!!!! It's funny and has a good story line. It might seem scary but its not at all. which was real nice for my daughter. I worked it up,(when reading aloud) like it was real scary but in the end it is very cute!!!! I hope the series would go on further- we have read the first 2 and I just ordered the 3rd!!!Happy Reading!!!