Companions of the Night

Companions of the Night

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by Vivian Vande Velde
     
 

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Kidnapping. Car theft. Murder. Vampires. Kerry's got a tough night ahead of her.  See more details below

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Kidnapping. Car theft. Murder. Vampires. Kerry's got a tough night ahead of her.

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"Interview with a Vampire for the learner's permit set."—The Horn Book
"A freshly written thriller, an offbeat love story, an engaging twist on the vampire novel, and an exciting tale of moral complexity. . . . Point [this] book at the Lois Duncan fans as well as Anne Rice followers, and get out of the way."—The Bulletin
Children's Literature - Debby Buchanan
Sixteen year-old Kerry Norwicki thought she was just doing her little brother a favor when she went out one night (against her better judgment) to retrieve her brother's stuffed koala bear from the laundromat where he left it. Before long she finds herself involved with kidnapping, car theft, murder and vampires in this exciting tale of dark adventure. While it is a story including modern-day vampires and their fervent enemies, it is also a story about moral values, truth and choices. It is reminiscent of a young reader's Anne Rice.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-Kerry Nowicki, 16, never dreamed that vampires lived in her little town of Brockport, New York, let alone that she would become involved with a handsome one named Ethan. When she makes a late-night trip back to the laundromat to retrieve her little brother's stuffed bear, she interrupts the murderous plans of a vigilante committee that claims Ethan is one of the undead. Kerry tries to help him, so they assume that she is a vampire, too. When the two young people escape, Kerry's brother and father are kidnapped in retaliation, and a complicated game of cat-and-mouse follows. During the often harrowing experiences that follow, Kerry proves to be an intelligent, level-headed young woman. She recognizes the danger of her attraction to Ethan, but knows that she must trust him to help find her family. Ethan maintains the cunning and duplicity that readers might expect from a vampire. The plot is lively and intriguing, with an unexpected twist at the end. Readers might be tempted to compare this novel to Annette Curtis Klause's The Silver Kiss (Delacorte, 1990), since many of the elements are similar. But the heroine of that story acts from a different motivation, making the books much different in terms of plot, theme, and tone. Companions of the Night should attract a loyal following of its own.-Marilyn Makowski, Greenwood High School, SC

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152166694
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
First Magic Carpet Books Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
351,133
Product dimensions:
4.74(w) x 7.02(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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From the Publisher
"Interview with a Vampire for the learner's permit set."—The Horn Book
"A freshly written thriller, an offbeat love story, an engaging twist on the vampire novel, and an exciting tale of moral complexity. . . . Point [this] book at the Lois Duncan fans as well as Anne Rice followers, and get out of the way."—The Bulletin

Meet the Author

Vivian Vande Velde has written many books for teen and middle grade readers, including Heir Apparent , User Unfriendly , All Hallow's Eve: 13 Stories, Three Good Deeds, Now You See It ..., and the Edgar Award–winning Never Trust a Dead Man. She lives in Rochester, New York. Visit her website at www.vivianvandevelde.com.

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Companions of the Night 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 145 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!! When I saw this book at a local library, I didn't look twice at it. The cover was a little weird. The next time I was at the same library, I took a chance and read the back and got it. It sounded really cool and it was!!!! This novel has a twist that I've never read about in a vampire novel. It's dangerous and scary and it kept me reading till the last page. I would have liked a different ending, but the ending was what made the book unforgetable!!! Pick up Companions of the Night and you WILL love it!!!!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Vivian Vande Velde is basically my hero. She is a master at taking traditional fairy-tale-like themes and making them fresh and totally unique. Companions of the Night (1995) does that for the vampire story. Kerry's little brother, Ian, had a simple request: drive to the laundromat to retrieve Ian's stuffed bear. Kerry knew all the reasons she should tell Ian no (she had a big test to study for, it was the middle of the night, she only had a driver's permit and shouldn't be in a car without a licensed driver), but then Ian started to cry and Kerry knew she couldn't say no-not if Ian was going to cry. It was late, there would be no traffic. Getting the bear would be simple. And it was simple. Until Kerry got to the laundromat and stepped into what looked like a gang shootout. Or a kidnapping. Or a vampire hunt. Unfortunately, the hunters think that Kerry is a vampire too. So she and the other supposed vampire, Ethan, have to escape. Adventure ensues. Vande Velde, as is her way, also throws a romantic element into the plot. Happily, she does so without falling into the typical "Dracula seduction" style so common in vampire stories. Every author has a different take on how vampires function in "real life." I am quite fond of how Vande Velde explains their immortality. The explanation just makes so much sense, it's great. In a way Vande Velde takes the mystique out of the whole vampire thing, trying to create realistic explanations for things like immortality and how a vampire can exist inconspicuously in the modern world. Overall Ethan is an exceedingly likable character even if he is, basically, dead. Technically speaking the narrative is nicely written. This novel is very much like Vande Velde's other works. In particular, parallels can be drawn between this novel and A Well-Timed Enchantment. Both have a similar plot formula and the narrations style is very modern in both. Vande Velde also develops the characters of Ethan and Kerry nicely. The book is short, so readers are never bogged down with background information or "back stories" for the characters. Nonetheless, Vande Velde creates very dimensional and, dare I say, very real characters. Companions of the Night is definitely an action story. The narrative is tightly wound, keeping readers ready for excitement and action. This book is probably for an older audience than some of Vande Velde's other books, mainly because it features more violence (fights, threats of death) than younger readers (or their parents) might be able to deal with. So, basically, more of a tween and up book than a children/YA one. But also a must-read for any vampire fans out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awsome at first. It built to what seemed would be an amazing climax of an ending. But the ending was majorly disappointing and made the book not worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book thinking it was going to be really good because i love those vampire werewolf kind of books. But this one was a disapointment to me, it was just o.k. Its still pretty good but confusing and for what happened in the end was not worth the time to read, in my opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story was amazing. Kerry played such a great part as did Ethan. The story kept me guessing until the very end. I just wish that there was a sequel. I reccomend this book to anybody and everybody!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ethan is the best because he keeps you guessing on where he originated from. I loved this book and recommend it to anyone who loves mysterious vampires.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first found this book in the liabrary, I wasn't very interested. But When I opened it and began reading I couldn't put it down. On moment I was laughing, and the next I was crying my eyes out. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to read a heartwarming romantic (of a sort, yet an exciting adventure. Keep writing Vivian.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Companions of the night.' is the best book I've ever read. I like how she fit the description of Ethan and I loved the twists and turns of the plots. I recomend it to all Yound Adults everywhere!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is just a plain great book! I loved the book from the first word. It is a great mixture of mystery and romance! I would recommend this book to anyone! In fact, I have!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A refreshing change to the lack of twists in other vampire books. With a very well thought out plot. A very refreshing view from what is so common place now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book at the middle of fith grade. I was astonished and perplexed IT WAS SO GOOD . I loved how it was a twist ending it was like ( And i quote) Hello person I just met and almost got killed want to help me get revenge? Sure. Oh and you might want to know Im a vampire so you might want to worry about me killing you. Ok. Thanks! You see? Its such a wonderful- yet weird- story By : A. Birnley P.S. I live in Italy Currently I am 11 years old I will be in sixth grade next year
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Hadn't heard about this one until after seeing a fanmade book trailer for it. It piqued my interest and found the book at a book sale. And wow was it really good. Sort of remember this one. However I did like it. Though I remembered the ending was disappointing or something. While going back to get something for her brother, she finds that things take a weird turn. A good read with some suspense.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the book was great considering it was written for kids.. I don't know I vaguely recall it saying it was rated for grade 3rd through 5th.. its ridiculous that adults are criticizing a book that was clearly marked for a certain age?. I remember the book from when I was in grade school and still enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this a long time ago many times. This book is why this author is one of my favorites.
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bookstorecat More than 1 year ago
A quick read and a total page-turner. Can a vampire be both sexy AND evil? You decide.
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