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Always October

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  282 Ratings  ·  60 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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Nov 02, 2015 Jen rated it liked it
Cute middle grade read, but it didn't really grab me. I liked the alternating viewpoints between a boy and girl who were best friends and not interested in each other romantically. There were hints that it could happen in the future, but that was all you got, hints.

I kind of felt sorry for the cat. I would resent having to (view spoiler)
Oct 26, 2012 Mymcbooks rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 05, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it
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
Oct 15, 2012 Book Twirps rated it really liked it
“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
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
Sep 25, 2012 Julia rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 09, 2012 crocboy77 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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!
Sep 14, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it
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!
Oct 29, 2012 Jakenv rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 31, 2012 NVTony rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
Mykenzy Davis
Dec 30, 2014 Mykenzy Davis rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 10, 2013 Alexa rated it it was amazing
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!
Aug 15, 2013 Blake rated it really liked it
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
Lupita Fletes
Dec 08, 2016 Lupita Fletes rated it it was amazing
This book is really intresting and full of mystery which makes you want to read it and not get bored in the process. This book is about a kid named jacob he has no father because his father disappeared.Jacob is an only child living with his mum until one rainy day the door bell rang and their was a baby outside which name was Little Dumpling .He took it in and kept it but their was one problem with Little Dumpling, he turned into a monster with fangs and green hair all over his body.Now jacob an ...more
Dec 09, 2016 Carlos rated it liked it
I give this book a three star because I thought was going to be scary or interesting but it did not get me at all. I wasn't romantic which I excepted it to be. There was at least parts where it had vocab that scared and wondering what was going to happen next. I got a little shocked when it turned out that Jake was the wolf and had fangs and all that. The ending was pretty boring.
Jenny Clark
Nov 13, 2016 Jenny Clark rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, childrens
An enjoyable read. I love all the relationships in the book, they are all handled quite well. I enjoyed Sploot Fa, though I guess I should have realized what was going on there.
A fun halloween read.
Michelle Villarruel
Oct 14, 2016 Michelle Villarruel rated it really liked it
My opinion on this book is good because I like mysterious books and this one was very interesting. It had lots of details and showed a lot by telling.
Awake at Midnight
Jan 28, 2013 Awake at Midnight rated it liked it
Shelves: horror-reviews
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
Sep 28, 2016 Angela rated it really liked it
Filled with Coville's usual great imagination, this is a story of family, monsters, and a quest. I was instantly drawn to Jacob's character and liked the sensitive and natural way the author showed how the disappearance of his father transformed into constant fears and the need for rituals, in an OCD type manner. Lily wasn't a real favorite of mine mainly because I found her monster-themed exclamations irritating "cooler than Frankenstein's pink pajamas!", ugh. I'm sure kids will think this is n ...more
Stacy Nyikos
Jun 17, 2015 Stacy Nyikos rated it liked it
Always October

Bruce Coville

Middle Grade

In breaking with my world tour of literature from Down Under to Italy, I decided on a good, ole-fashioned monster book that doesn't even take place in this world...much, Always October by Bruce Coville.

Admittedly, it would seem this has a Fall slant to it, but no!, Always October is another world, a world inhabited solely by monsters who arise from human nightmares. Ghoulish, right?

But no! not ghoulish, not entirely. The monsters are actually nice, some of
Hailey Peay
Dec 07, 2016 Hailey Peay rated it it was amazing
I loved the book Always October by Bruce Coville. Some of the main characters are Jacob Doolittle, Lily Carker, and Little Dumpling. In the beginning of the book, Jake lives in a huge house that has been passed down through his ancestors. One night, Jake finds a baby on his doorstep, and his mother decides to keep him, although they don't want anyone to know about him. Jake and his mother have to raise the baby without Jake's father because he "disappeared" one day in a cave. Jacob's friend "Wei ...more
Denae Christine
Reader thoughts: This was very fun. It sounds like a horror book from the content, but it was written like a comedy (with some small-town drama and a world just for monsters and one guy determined to unravel everything). Both MCs were great. Jake had a bit of OCD, and Lily is only impressed by everything normal humans would find horrific or gruesome (she is called "weird Lily" when we first meet her).

LD was awesome! At first, I disliked that the cute baby turned into a monster (yes, the little g
Andd Becker
Aug 29, 2012 Andd Becker rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 14, 2015 CarrieBeth rated it it was amazing
I read this book with my niece during the Halloween season of 2015. My niece is 12 and I thought this might be a cute little story that I would simply get through for her sake. While I found this to be an ADORABLE story I have to say that I absolutely loved this! This book brought back a love for middle grade books that I had forgotten I had.

The world that Mr. Coville created was intriguing, creative and so Halloweenesque that I could hardly put this book down.

The characters were well thought
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
Jaime Leroy
Mar 20, 2013 Jaime Leroy rated it really liked it
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
Apr 09, 2013 mandyfujita rated it liked it
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
Charlize Ulloa
Oct 16, 2014 Charlize Ulloa rated it it was amazing
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
Laura Aase
Jan 09, 2015 Laura Aase rated it liked it
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
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