Companions of the Night

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Kerry's got a tough night ahead of her.
What begins as a simple lost-and-found trip to the Laundromat turns into a nightmarish odyssey of murder, vampires, and--quite possibly--true love. Vivian Vande Velde puts a terrifying spin on what should be a typical night in a small town.

When sixteen-year-old Kerry Nowicki helps a young man escape from a group of men ...

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Overview

Kerry's got a tough night ahead of her.
What begins as a simple lost-and-found trip to the Laundromat turns into a nightmarish odyssey of murder, vampires, and--quite possibly--true love. Vivian Vande Velde puts a terrifying spin on what should be a typical night in a small town.

When sixteen-year-old Kerry Nowicki helps a young man escape from a group of men who claim he is a vampire, she finds herself faced with some bizarre and dangerous choices.

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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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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: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: First Magic Carpet Books Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 350,521
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.74 (w) x 7.02 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2008

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    Finished it in ONE sitting!!!!

    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!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

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    The narrative is tightly wound, keeping readers ready for excitement and action.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2008

    Disappointing

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2008

    Its O.k.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2000

    WOW!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2000

    The Tightest Vampire

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2000

    This book rules!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2000

    Best book around

    '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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2000

    Great Book!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2013

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    Hadn't heard about this one until after seeing a fanmade book tr

    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

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Hello?!?

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Love this book

    I read this a long time ago many times. This book is why this author is one of my favorites.

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  • Posted April 10, 2012

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    This book must be stopped!!! The story line had a lot of potenti

    This book must be stopped!!! The story line had a lot of potential. The young girl who’s mother ran out on her and her family. And the dark brooding, mysterious great looking guy (Vampire), but that is all it had. There is no description at all. You don’t know what the main character looks like till almost half way through the book. The ending was a good twist but it’s not worth reading the whole book to get to it. So save yourself the time and read another book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

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    Excellent

    A quick read and a total page-turner. Can a vampire be both sexy AND evil? You decide.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

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    The Original Vampire Romance Novel

    Love Twilight? Then read this, the original vampire romance.

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  • Posted March 25, 2010

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    "Companions of the night" WOW THIS BOOK IS AMAZING.

    This is expertly written. The ending is just so surprising. It keeps you intersted all the way through you don't want to put the book down. This is a fanstay and romance. I could read this book a million times. I love it. I would reccommend this book to anyone but most teenagers would fall in love with this book and the people inside. I hope you enjoy it as much as i did. If your thinking about buying a book this is the one.

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  • Posted January 8, 2010

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    Different But Good

    This book was a nice easy read. very interesting and touching. companions of the night pulled me in from the first few chapters, you didn't have to wait till the middle or the end for the action to take place. I also liked how It was so confusing to determine who was telling the truth and which character was lying especially toward the end. I was kinda disapointed at the ending of the book. It just felt like it should have been more. I guess I wanted more of a happy or romantic ending. Overall this was an exciting tale and worth keeping for your personal collection.

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  • Posted May 25, 2009

    A Must Read!!

    This auther is amazing at writing a story of a girl who stumbles into a kidnapping when she goes back to a laundry mat to get her brothers stuffed animal. AMAZING!! I highly recomend this book!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2009

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    No good deed goes unpunished.

    Kerry goes to retrieve her brother's Koala from the laundrymat and gets caught in the middle of a Vampire Hunt - though she thinks the hunters are crazy and hurting a poor innocent boy named Ethan Bryne. Caught in the middle she helps Ethan escape the hunters and thus starts a series of troubling events; the kidnapping of her dad & brother, the misconception that Kerry is in fact a Vampire, & betrayal by the one she had been relying on to help her save her family Ethan Bryne aka Michel who is actually a Vampire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2008

    companions of the night

    this is the story that starts with kerry trying to get her brothers bear back from the laundry and that's when she meets ethan where the suspense begins including that kerry is accused of being a vampire. from many reviews people were a little disappointed by the ending. i kinda agree bt thought the ending was okay and maybe it shouldn't added something more to it. though at times ethan seemed a bit rude and in a way using kerry. not all vampires can be perfect like edward cullen. hey he's not that perfect. not making fun of him or anything so no offense to all you edward lovers. recommend the book though yeah the ending could of been a little different though it is a nice change than the usual vampire ending except for twilight of course.

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