The Wanderers

A unique twist on shape-shifters with fast-paced action, thrilling adventure, mystery, and a bit of romance.

Flo lives an eccentric life—she travels with a popular circus in which the main acts star orphaned children with secret shape-shifting abilities. Once Flo turns sixteen, she must perform, but she’s not ready. While practicing jumping a flaming hurdle in a clearing beside the circus, she spots a dark figure in the trees and fears he saw her shift. The news sends the circus into a panic.

In Flo’s world, shifters are unknown to humans with the exception of a secret organization—the EOS, referred to as “hunters.” Hunters capture and kill. They send some shifters to labs for observation and testing—testing they don’t often survive—and deem others useless, a danger to society, and eliminate them. To avoid discovery, shifters travel in packs, constantly moving and keeping themselves hidden. Up until now, the circus was the perfect disguise.

Believing she has brought attention to the group, Flo feels dread and anxiety, causing her to make a mistake during her performance in front of the audience—a mistake that triggers a violent attack from the hunters.

Flo manages to flee the torched circus grounds with Jett, the bear shifter who loves her; the annoying elephant triplets; and a bratty tiger named Pru. Together they begin a new journey, alone in a world they don’t understand and don’t know how to navigate. On the run, they unravel secrets and lies that surround the circus and their lives—secrets and lies that all point to the unthinkable: Have they been betrayed by the people they trusted most?


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Published: 1st September 2015 by Skyhorse/Sky Pony Press
Hardcover ISBN: 9781634502016
Paperback ISBN: 9781510715356

Blurbs and trade reviews

“A swoony romance with a massive body count. . . . Closely resembles a brutal, angst-drenched dystopia à la Veronica Roth’s Divergent.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The preternatural circus of shifters, budding young romance, and action-packed struggle against evil will appeal to readers of paranormal fiction.” — School Library Journal

“The world of shape-shifting characters has just gotten wider with the addition of this novel . . . Fans of supernatural series like Shiver will enjoy this book, with its similar themes and strong love story.” — VOYA Magazine

“Filled with excitement and whimsy, The Wanderers is an adventure story about shape-shifters, first love, and the endless search for a true home.” — Suzanne Young, New York Times bestselling author of The Program

“A fresh tale about shape-shifters that is sure to delight and astound.” — Danielle L. Jensen, USA Today bestselling author of Stolen Songbird

The Wanderers is a dark, rich, and original story. I love the concept of humans with inherent shape-shifting abilities, and the circus setting is incredibly vivid—I could smell the musty, musky ring, feel the bright lights burning my skin. Kate has created an intricate and danger-filled world that’s both cruel and beautiful.” — Melinda Salisbury, author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter

“An utterly captivating big top world filled with shape-shifters and dark secrets. I devoured this book! It was unlike anything I’ve ever read.” — Amy Christine Parker, author of Gated and Astray

Praise for The Wanderers

“Ormand’s vivid and lifelike description of the circus made me feel like I was actually there.” — Teenreads

“I cannot express how much I love this book. . . . If you like animals, exquisite storylines, cute romance and strong characters, you need this book. Not want, need.” Pandemonium Books

“With an evocative, majestical circus background . . . this book enchanted me completely.” — G.R. Mannering, author of Roses

The Wanderers, while I fully expected it to be enjoyable, blew me away. . . . the plot was so refreshing that I felt that I was encountering shape-shifters for the first time.” — Bibliobibuli

“Like all good performances The Wanderers leaves you calling for more.” — Rhian Ivory, author of The Boy Who Drew the Future

“I absolutely loved this one, and I know I’ll be reading it more than once!” — Here’s to Happy Endings

“A completely fresh and original story . . . A horse is such a refreshing choice for a shapeshifter, and it worked really well. I’m looking forward to the sequel in 2017.” — Lauren James, author of The Next Together

“I really did enjoy The Wanderers, it has a lovely bohemian vibe about it with the circus camp but it also had quite the dark side too.” — Random Redheaded Ramblings

“The writing is spare and compelling, propelling you through a plot relentlessly packed with action, but also flavoured with atmosphere and just the right amount of romance.” — Emma Pass, author of Acid

“I highly recommend it for readers looking for a magical paranormal story with a creepy factor you’ll love!” — Her Book Thoughts!

“This is a book of twists and revelations, and a story of a gentle girl finding out just how strong she can be.” — Kendra Leighton, author of The Glimpse 



November 2015: The Wanderers was honoured as “Winner” in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards “Fiction: Young Adult” category.

The book trailer for The Wanderers was picked as Book Trailer of the Day on Shelf Awareness (20.08.15)

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