Always October by Bruce Coville is one of the rare pieces of fiction that takes a step away from a host of animal based novels and into gutsier territory. However, it is not a scary book and children 9 and up should thoroughly enjoy it without any trouble. Coville has a wonderful way of twisting elements of the story and reality together to form an intriguing and entertaining world of monsters, both good, bad, and ugly. The plot was easy to follow and moved along at an appropriate pace for its target audience, and even managed to surprise me in one case, a rare feat for middle grade fiction. Always October is an enjoyable read that should be enjoyed by young, adventurous readers.
Profanity/Language: 1 religious exclamation; 1 mild obscenity
Violence/Gore: Several mild threats are issued; a character suffers a non-life threatening injury; there are several battles that involve injuries, but no deaths occur. There are several scenes that are creepy and may frighten very young readers, particularly those with phobias of spiders or monsters in the closet.
Sex/Nudity: One instance of a naked monster baby, no explicit detail.
Mature Subject Matter:
Loss of parents, family
Alcohol / Drug Use: