by Bruce Coville
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published: August 28, 2012
by Harper Collins
Book Source: Publisher
Book Summary from the author's website: 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.
Cathy's Review: 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 notice that there's a huge storm coming and head home so they don't get in trouble for being out in the storm. That night, during the storm, there's a knock at Jake's door and when he goes to answer it, he finds no one there, but a baby in a basket has been left. There's a note too, asking them to care for her baby until she can come back for it. Jake's mom knows that she must help this desperate mother, she decides that they will keep the baby. This works out well for all three of them, because Jake and his mom immediately fall in love with Little Dumpling as they decide to call him, LD for short. LD also loves Jake and his mom and they quickly fall into a pattern of caring for him. One night during a full moon, Jake and LD are home alone while Jake's mom goes to a class, when something strange happens. LD turns into a small monster complete with fur, fangs and pointy ears! Scary!
Content: I did notice one mild swear word
About the author: 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, 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 Unicorns, and Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. October is Bruce's favorite month, so he is especially delighted that Always October is his 100th book. He lives in Syracuse, New York.