It's almost Halloween, and my mind always turns to dark suburban streets, and the rattle of dry leaves blown by the first cold wind of the season. We all love creepy stories because we never think it could happen to us. That's what Kerry thought too, and no good deed goes unpunished. When Kerry's little brother asks her to go get the teddy bear he forgot at the laundromat, she figures the worst that could happen is a scolding from her father. Sure it was eleven'o'clock at night, and she didn't have permission to take the car, but it's just the laundromat.
When Kerry walks in, the laundromat is deserted and creepy, but she finds the teddy bear and turns to go. Then a group of thugs burst through the door with a boy about Kerry's age, tied up and bleeding. Once they notice Kerry, they take her prisoner too while they try to determine is she's "one of them." One of what Kerry isn't sure, until they pull out Bibles and start talking about waiting until dawn. They think the boy is a vampire, and they plan to kill him. And Kerry too if she can't convince them she's human. And that's just chapter one. Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde is about making bad choices, falling in with dangerous people, and how hard it can be to tell a truth from a lie. Plus, there's kidnapping, murder, and maybe a vampire. These are a few of my favorite things. Happy reading.