ALWAYS OCTOBER by Bruce Coville


Age Range: 9 - 12
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From the very first line (“We've only got two weeks before Jake has to turn into a monster for the first time”) to the riveting ending, this fantasy will have readers turning pages recklessly.

Jake, son and grandson of men who disappeared without explanation, becomes enmeshed in the family mysteries when his (informally) adopted baby brother turns into a charming, fuzzy green monster. Jake and his sidekick “Weird Lily” Cawker leave our Earth and land in the world of Always October, where it is ever autumn, the landscape holds many dangers, and monsters reign over all. Their quest: Save both Earth and Almost October from a deranged monster. Documented in alternate chapters by Lily and Jake—which allows each one to end in a cliffhanger—the journey is exciting and moves along at a fine pace. Bursting with enticing characters and building tension, this book has everything a reader could want—breathtaking suspense, monstrously entertaining worldbuilding and lots of “punny” and burp-and-fart humor.

Surprises abound: Most threads are wrapped up, but there is room left for other books with these diverting characters. (Fantasy. 9-12)

Pub Date: Aug. 28th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-06-089095-7
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2012


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