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Always October

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  189 ratings  ·  46 reviews
From Bruce Coville, the master of tween comic suspense, comes a tale of monsters, the bond between brothers, and saving the world.

Jake's baby brother, LD, may be a monster (complete with fangs and fur!), but together with his best friend, Lily, Jake isn't going to let anything happen to that baby. Even if it turns out LD may be the key to saving the world—or destroying it.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by HarperCollins
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My Review: When Jake decided to check on his new little brother that was left on their doorstep, he was shocked to see that the pajamas that LD was wearing when he went to sleep now laid a creature with bright green fur, pointed ears and a huge mouth full of glistening fangs

But Jake didn’t care that his new boy just turned into a monster. Jake and his friend Lily have to do all they can to keep LD safe from other monsters. Great book, if you love adventure you will like Always October. The endin
Jake Doolittle is in the 6th grade, he lives with his mom. His dad left them a few years earlier, just like HIS dad had left when he was a kid. Jake's best friend Lily is the granddaughter of the town cemetery caretaker and their favorite hideout and "library" is one of the mausoleums on the cemetery grounds. One day, as they are hanging out in their "library" they hear some weird noises coming from behind it, but when they work up the courage to check, there's nothing there. That's when they no ...more
Book Twirps
“Weird Lily” is a sixth grader. She enjoys hanging out in the cemetery (for which her grandfather is the caretaker) with her friend Jake. Lily and Jake have had a bit of a strange relationship. When they were in second grade, Lily professed to the class that she was going to marry Jake. Jake avoided her like the plague after that, but recently they’ve become good friends. When Jake’s dad up and leaves his family (much like his grandfather did when Jake’s father was about the age Jake is now), th ...more
It was a great book, but now I need a sequel!

The story gets to the heart of what I love about fantasy, with the focus on tikkun olam, healing the world. I also appreciate that, unlike many kids' fantasy novels, there are intelligent, competent adults. The children still have to face some challenges on their own, but it isn't because the adults in their lives are completely absent. The relationships between characters are complex, and the novel explores different responses to losing people you ca
This story is about a boy and a girl who get an unexpected delivery at their door step. This little being would be last one you would want to be responsible for! I loved this book and I would take it everywhere I went. I did get a bit spooked in some parts because I usually read it at night. For anybody who is a horror or monster lover, I guarantee you will love this book!
Great book for young folks & young of heart. Story moves and conveys a message to take care of family & friends no matter how strange. This is aimed at Halloween reading but can be enjoyed all year. Will definitely be reading more from this author.
I won this book as an ARC from GoodReads. Children to young adults are going to love this book. The characters are very fun and the story is well played. Everyone, including myself, will be looking to see if a sequel appears! Thanks for the fun read!
Laura Aase
For a fantasy book (my least fave) this had some great happenings. It started in a graveyard where Lily and Jacob (who tell alternating chapters) find a baby. Upon a full moon, the baby turns into a hairy blue monster and monsters from another world come to steal him, bringing Lily and Jacob with to the land of Always October. From creative magical characters to the creative places such as the Library of Nightmares, a dream eaters, huge spiders, forbidden paths, Tunnel of Tears, and the Black Br ...more
Perfect for Halloween. Actually any time these characters will make for a fun read. Place descriptions well constructed so you feel yourself immersed in plot places. Enough mystery to retain interest.
I don't normally read monsters books, but this one was awesome! Plenty of adventure, fantasy, fun, comic relief and amazing plot twists! An amazing tale, that there had better be a sequel to!
Won in a Goodreads Giveaway and so glad I did. Great story, characters, and setting. Loved it and hope my 10 year old will read it this month as well.
Charlize Ulloa
In my opinion Always October is an awesome book because the author makes it very interesting in the beginning its sad but funny through-out the rest of the book. I'm able to relate to Jake because my mom left on vacation for a long time and Jake's dad left too. My thought about this book is that its one of the best books I've ever read. The reason it's my favorite book is because I really like how the author is very specified with everything and gives me a visual, the best part is, is that I fe ...more
Mykenzy Davis
This book is great. I love how the author switches between Lily and Jake so we can see each other's point of view of the problem.
Lily and Jake have been best friends since Jake's father disappeared and he became a little different. Lily understands weird. She lives in a cemetery with her cantankerous grandfather and loves all things dark and creepy. She and Jake have a clubhouse in a mausoleum.

One night a baby appears on Jake's doorstep with a pleading note from the mother, asking them to take care of the little guy. He is named Little Dumpling, or LD for short. Jake is babysitting on the night of the full moon and is qu
I really rather wanted to give this book 3.5 stars. I rounded up to 4 because 3 would have been too low. I've read Bruce Coville since I was in the fifth grade, and I've always enjoyed his books. After a long gap during which I graduated from college and finished growing up, I started reading some of his books that I had either missed or had been published in the interim. I was a little apprehensive. A lot of things you really enjoyed as a child, you realize are actually kind of dumb when you re ...more
Awake at Midnight
Always October. The name alone reminds me of Ray Bradbury’s October Country or Roger Zelazny’s A Night in the Lonesome October.

Lily Carker, whose grandfather Abraham (or “Gnarly”) runs the cemetery, and Jacob Doolitle who comes from a wealthy family, but also from a long line of absentee fathers become unlikely friends when they discover a mutual interest in scary stories. They actually meet to read them in a tomb in the cemetery. Since Jake’s dad left, he’s developed a little bit of OCD (Obsess
Andd Becker
Bruce Coville's stunning 100th book will disappear from your bookshelf as young readers scramble to get in line to read it. Don't be surprised if the library's copies are always in circulation. Don't be surprised if the adventures of Lily and Jacob create in your children and in your students an intense interest in reading.
Lily and Jacob write a journal about strange happenings in the human world and in the monster world, with their entries in alternating chapters. Their individual personaliti
Sixth grader Jake Doolittle and his best friend Lily Carker alternate telling the story of a grand adventure they had. When a baby is left on Jake's doorstep, his mother is quick to take the baby in. Jake is just as charmed as she is by the little one, but on a moonlit night, the baby sprouts fangs and fur and resembles a monster more than a cuddly baby. The baby, affectionately known as Little Dumpling, is at the center of a battle between several monsters in a land called Always October, a pla ...more
Jacob Doolittle and Lily Carker make a great pair of investigators. They are about ten years old and become friends because of their love of horror movies and monster stories. In fact, Lily's favorite author happens to be Jacob's grandfather, Arthur Doolittle. Strange disappearnces have been happening to the Doolittle men and Jacob and Lily go about finding out what happened. Another strange thing that happened to Jacob and his mom is that a baby is left on their steps with a note from its mom ...more
Jaime Leroy
This book is adorable and completely charming. We meet Jake who has a family full of mysteries. The men in his family seem to disappear and his “adopted” brother LD has recently turned into a monster, complete with fuzzy green hair and fangs. When Jake and his friend Lily accidentally step into a parallel universe called Always October, the story becomes really interesting. Jake works on discovering the secrets of his family while he and Lily try to keep LD safe from both worlds. Lots of humor, ...more
Patricia Kaniasty
Another great story from the mind of Mr. Coville. The monsters are cute and fun. This is a good family read. He did leave the ending open for a possible sequel. Will that happen? I don't know. Still a few things that I like to know about.
This book is about a boy named Jacob who finds a baby on his front porch and tries to find out his family mystery. He and his best friend Lily get chased by a monster and enter "Always October". Now Jacob and Lily are on a quest to keep Always October and Humania from unraveling/growing apart, with the help of their friends. If you like mystery/adventure books, this is the book for you! I like this book a lot and I recommend a lot of people to read it. I give this an A star rating.
Genevieve Austin
This was an amazing book with many twists and turns. Dum Pling sounds so cute!
I received an uncorrected proof through first-reads. My almost eight-year-old son and I read this together and it took longer than the month of October to finish it. We found it quirky, funny, spooky, and action-packed. We also enjoyed trying to figure out what happened to Jacob's father and grandfather. Although it kept our interest, I think at 384 pages,it was much longer than most books for kids under twelve. This was our first Bruce Coville book, and he's written over 100. We may check out J ...more
Laura Phelps
I generally don’t like ghost/horror stories, but this one defied the usual formulaic nature of Goosebump-ish books and is rich in meaning without ever getting weighed down. Jake and Lily’s journey to Always October feels both creepy and quest-like (and oddly enough reminded me a bit of The Spindlers). Coville opens the door to a possible sequel, which, I was surprised to find, I’d love to read. At 365 pages, this is “hefty” without being heavy and will be an excellent choice for the many kids wh ...more
Enjoyed this book a lot. It's exactly what you want from Bruce Coville--a little bit of scare and mystery, a lot of fun. Jake and Lily are characters that I think most kids can relate to in some way. Good kid's book, and I liked the alternating chapters.

**I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. It did not affect my review. I will be donating this book to a children's hospital so more people will get to enjoy it besides just me.**
For me, the book was really more of a 3.5, but I think for children, it's much more of a 4. It has adventure, magic, monsters, and a fairly fast moving plot. Some of the plot wrap-ups were a little too convenient. The creativity and originality really shines, however. The size of the book may put off some younger readers, but definitely reluctant readers will love it.
This is my first Bruce Coville book and I can see why Always October is the author's 100th book.

Finally finished and what a fun read it was. Coville's story about a Jacob and his little brother, who happens to be a monster, is a fun and unique read. After reading this, I plan on reading more Bruce Coville stories.

I highly recommend this book.
A surprise hit with the 8-year-old. A not-too-scary foray into the supernatural. I always appreciate writers whose kid characters sound like real kids,
Becky Herzog
I love Bruce Coville's stuff, and this book doesn't disappoint. the characters were believable enough that I actually thought that the grandpa was a real person and I googled him.
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