Night Runner

Night Runner

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For Zack Thomson, living in the Nicholls Ward isn't so bad. After his parents died, he developed strange and severe allergies, and the mental institution was the only place where he could be properly looked after. As strange as it was, it was home.

He could watch as much television as he wanted; his best friend Charlie visited him often enough; and Nurse Ophelia--the prettiest no-nonsense nurse ever--sometimes took him bowling. Of course, that didn't mean he had it easy. His allergies restricted his diet to strawberry smoothies, and being the only kid at the hospital could get lonely. But it never once crossed Zack's mind to leave...until the night someone crashed through the front doors and told him to run. Now he's on a race for answers--about his past, his parents, and his strange sickness--even as every step takes him closer to the darkest of truths.

ISBN: 9781554680849
Branch Call Number: TEEN PBK Tur


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Aug 08, 2014

I loved this book! it was on the red maple list, so i thought id give it a try. im glad I did!

teacupfaerie Aug 16, 2011


It started in my mouth. I felt a sharp pain in my upper gums. Something moved against my front teeth. The taste of blood, my blood, was in my mouth… My eyes locked on the buck's neck. An instant later, it was dying with my fangs in its throat. I have heard people say that the best part of the hunt is not the kill but the thrill of the chase. Well, I'd bet my last pair of running shoes that none of them ever killed anything larger than a horsefly. Sure the chase was fun, exercise and all that, good for the heart. But the meal at the end was tops. It frightened me actually, how intense it felt to surrender to that killing urge and feed.

Fifteen-year-old Zack has been living a cursed life. Losing both his parents at a young age, he ends up in the foster care system. He is also plagued by an unexplained illness that is accompanied by allergies and sun sensitivity. The foster care system cannot handle his health requirements. When this is combined with a belief that he has mental health issues, Zack is sent to live in the mental health ward of a Peterborough, ON, hospital. His social network includes his childhood friend Charlie and his favorite nurse. Life is boring, and he spends most of his time exercising and trying to keep Charlie out of trouble on his visits.

That is until a wild haired old man drives a stolen police motorcycle through the front doors of the institution telling him to flee. This man kidnaps Zack and takes him to a safe house where he reveals that Zack is a vampire. The problem then becomes that Zack is being hunted by the uber-vampire that killed his father, and it turns out that Zack's uncle is the number one vampire hunter in the world. Throw in a new girlfriend, some plot twists, and you have a good and gruesome read.

The premise of how vampires are made is a tried and true one – it's a viral infection that usually leads to madness. Zack as a character is believable; he seems totally lost in the world outside of the ward. He has no idea how to handle members of the opposite sex, is lost on pop culture knowledge, and generally leans on his friend Charlie to provide him with news of the outside world. The book pokes fun at its own premise – that anyone who believes in vampires must be crazy – and at the vampire legend in general.

Night Runner is at times gory, which should appeal to blood-thirsty YA readers, and has just a hint of romance and sexual awakening. It is a good effort for a vampire novel, not spectacular, but recommended for purchase. It will keep the YA's satisfied until the next Meyer book is published.

Dec 14, 2010

great book!! it was on the red maple list, great book, had to finish it!! but i have so many questions!! why didnt nurse Ophliea tell zack she was a vampire like him!!! and what happen to uncle maxamilian?? and did the author name the uncle after himself?? so many questions, so little time to find the answers!!!

Oct 04, 2010

It was actually pretty good. oblviously they didn't live happily ever after since there's another book coming out.

samdog123 Aug 09, 2010

A very interesting read...and a different take on vampires. Also has a surprising end to it. Zack is a teen stuck in a mental institution. Life rolls along as he drinks strawberry milkshakes, stays up all night and battles his allergies to the sun. When a nutty man in a motorcycle comes to bust him out of the hospital, the fun begins. This was a forest of reading title for 2009/10. Suitable for teens.

Jul 06, 2010

I found the story line wasn't very creative

mlbrackmartin May 23, 2010

The video for the book Night Runner is now embedded in this site. Click on the Video tab and away you go!

Al_falah_is_here May 13, 2010

Awesome book. It should have won though.

AlFalah_Student May 11, 2010


lynhebert Apr 30, 2010

Since Teachertube isn't an uploadable choice for videos, here's a link to a video created by some grade 8 students in Windsor for Night Runner! Just play and away you go!

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Fatima Almalki
Mar 28, 2010

Fatima Almalki thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 13


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fatima_almalki Apr 16, 2010

For Zack Thomson, living in the Nicholls Ward isn't so bad. After his parents died, he developed strange and severe allergies, and the mental institution was the only place where he could be properly looked after. As strange as it was, it was home. But that all changes the night a stranger on a Harley crashes through the front doors and tells him to run.


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fatima_almalki Apr 16, 2010

Fast-paced, entertaining and exciting - Night Runner is an original take on the vampire tale and should make a satisfying read for vampire fans anywhere.


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