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Max Turner has been a high school science teacher for seven years. Night Runner is his debut novel. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.

Night Runner

Night Runner — (2009-2015) Young adult. Publisher: 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.

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Night Runner: Good book for teenage boys

Night Runner by Max Turner

Thanks to Stephenie Meyer, teen fiction and vampires is on fire and the past couple of years has seen an explosion of new series riding the popularity wave. One of the newest entries in this subgenre is Max Turner’s debut which was originally released in Canada last year.

Not quite 300 pages long, Night Runner is a nonstop, high-speed adventure / mystery / thriller starring 15-year-old Zack Thompson who discovers that he’s — what else — a vampire! The initial setup is actually pretty interesting with Zack living in a mental institution to care for his ‘condition,’ but from there the book starts falling into more mundane territory including finding teenage love. Fortunately, the novel really picks up towards the end with some unexpected surprises and revelations. Pl... Read More