Parents' Guide to

Always October

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Scary, fast-paced monster tale lacks character development.

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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Thrilling & Epic Tale

Slightly scary but mostly exciting tale. (we have a low tolerance for scary!) Strong girl lead character who contributes important ideas, sensitive lead boy character who shows fear and bravery. Caring yet flawed adults who travel with the children on their adventure. My 6 & 9 year old girls listened to this audiobook and it was just as captivating for me, their mother as it was for them. A good read!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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Always October starts with an inventive premise, but the book lacks nuance and character development. The plot moves very quickly in a way that probably appeals to some kids, but, likewise, there's little buildup to create real suspense, and there's little time for either the characters or the reader to marvel at this entirely new monster world. The most meaningful aspect of the book is the charming connection between Jacob and his adopted brother, Little Dumpling; the baby is described very sweetly, and readers do come to care about him and root for Jake and Lily to save him.

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