The story is told from alternating viewpoints which gives the reader a well-rounded view into the story. Normally he has amazing characters, funny and interesting prose, and a solid plot. This is a cute Halloween read for kids 8-12! Aside from voice, the alternating chapters allowed for some great cliff-hangers and escalating tension. I've read Bruce Coville since I was in the fifth grade, and I've always enjoyed his books. If Always October is vintage Coville and it is , then his next book was something readers would deem just as precious: a new book that is vintage Danziger. One reason my books work and why I work as a speaker is because I am not afraid to show my heart. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
Doch was ist wirklich gesund? From Bruce Coville, the master of tween comic suspense, comes a tale of monsters, the bond between brothers, and saving the world. I was actually going to read this on the side as I read other books, but it grabbed my attention enough that I set those other books down. Admittedly, it would seem this has a Fall slant to it, but no! There's a note too, asking them to care for her baby until she can come back for it. Half-aunts and cousins from first marriages and all that kind of thing. Basic Plot: A baby is abandoned on Jacob's doorstep with a note asking that someone take care of it. He is all in now and has several favorite characters. I kind of felt sorry for the cat.
Plus, it allowed the author to remind the readers that the characters survived at least long enough to write the book. Filled with fantastical imagination, monsters around every turn, and a pretty epic journey -- yeah, I liked it. 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. When they were in second grade, Lily professed to the class that she was going to marry Jake. Soon Jake and Lily are on a perilous quest through Always October, a world populated with monsters ranging from the venomous to the ridiculous. They switch off chapters supposedly taking turns writing the story down.
Aside from voice, the alternating chapters allowed for some great cliff-hangers and escalating tension. Lily and Jacob always seem to be there for each other when they need help. The reveals and family connections were predictable but not obvious. 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. Aber ein anständiger Kleinkünstler hat natürlich eine Zugabe vorbereitet.
Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I tend to have a penchant for the creepy. It's usually not a good idea to have high expectations for anything. I absolutely loved this book by Bruce Coville, because the way the characters react to certain events, when the spider kidnapped them for example, and how they take care of each other. I did get a bit spooked in some parts because I usually read it at night. His writing has slowed down a lot in the last several years.
We find out Jake turns into a monster. You're only opening yourself up to disappointment. The reveals and family connections were predictable but not obvious. Bruce Coville is, but if you're going to have one or two of your 12-year-old characters tell the story, then you might want to scale back some of the beautiful writing and rather adult insight. Their quest: Save both Earth and Almost October from a deranged monster. The first book is called A World Made of Midnight. Admittedly, it would seem this has a Fall slant to it, but no! They actually meet to read them in a tomb in the cemetery.
I am glad Coville left the story open for a sequel. The monsters are actually nice, some of them anyway. For me, the plot and setting were very familiar so it kept feeling like a less-complex version of a lot of other stories, but I would've loved it when I was younger and current children probably will too. One was a normal human boy and the other was an alien. At first, I disliked that the cute baby turned into a monster yes, the little g Reader thoughts: This was very fun. She lives in a cemetery with her cantankerous grandfather and loves all things dark and creepy.
I won't mention the solution in case those who read this review still want to read the book. Coville presents a wonderful fantasy world, Always October, full of monsters, danger, and the chance to change things. I'd tried the trick before myself, and I was eager to see what someone with Coville's writing chops had done comparatively. Except for the difference between male and female, both narrators in this book are the same age and from the same place. The terror of what lurks outside the cave when you are huddled in for the night; the wondering about death and what comes after; the knot in the gut that comes from dread of the outsider, of anyone who is different… These things will rise and drown you. The book is definitely open for a sequel.
One stormy night, sixth-grader Jacob Doolittle finds a baby in a basket on his front porch. The terror of what lurks outside the cave when you are huddled in for the night; the wondering about death and what comes after; the knot in the gut that comes from dread of the outsider, of anyone who is different… These things will rise and drown you. I'm glad I didn't read the excerpt on the back which I rarely do , because I realize now it had a spoiler. I became a fan after The Ghost Wore Gray, and have been a loyal follower through The Magic Shop series and all the tales of Moongobble the Magician. 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 brother—monster or not. I am glad Coville left the story open for a sequel.
In the beginning of the book, Jake lives in a huge house that has been passed down through his ancestors. 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. Jake's dad left one day, and never came back. I loved the adventure of it. Later that night, Lily believes she sees a large, lumbering shape escaping the mausoleum, and a few minutes later, Jake and his mother find a baby on their doorstep with a mysterious note asking them to care for the baby until the mother can return.