By Bruce Coville
(HarperCollins, Hardcover, 9780060890957, 384pp.)
Publication Date: August 2012
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No doubt about it, little brothers can be monsters. When sixth grader Jake Doolittle finds a baby on the doorstep and his mother decides to keep it, those words are more than just an expression. Instead, they perfectly describe the way his new little brother, LD, sprouts pointy ears, thick fur, and fangs in moonlight.
Not only is LD a monster. . . . other monsters have plans for him. But together with his friend "Weird Lily" Carker, Jake isn't about to let anything happen to the baby. The little guy is still his brother, even if it turns out that LD may be the key to saving the worldor destroying it.
Soon Jake and Lily are on a perilous quest through Always October, a world populated with monsters ranging from the venomous to the ridiculous. Master of comic suspense Bruce Coville presents a tale of ominous dangers and hairbreadth escapes, of the conflict between forces of dark and light, and of the lengths to which one boy will go to save his brothermonster or not.
Bruce Coville grew up around the corner from his grandparents' dairy farm, where he spent a great deal of time dodging cows (and chores) and reading voraciously. He has been a toy maker, a gravedigger, a cookware salesman, an assembly-line worker, a magazine editor, and an elementary school teacher. Bruce's books have appeared in more than a dozen countries and 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 Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. He is also the founder of full cast audio, an award-winning audiobook company specializing in family listening (www.Fullcastaudio.Com).
October is Bruce's favorite month, so he is especially delighted that Always October is his 100th book. He lives in Syracuse, New York.
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.
With the right combination of horror and humor, this book will hold readers in its grip and have them asking for more.
-School Library Journal
Coville offers an entertaining, spine-tingling rollick as the group uncovers long-hidden secrets and discovers unknown strengths.
“Highly entertaining.” (Recommended)
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books