The Night Wanderer

The Night Wanderer

A Native Gothic Novel

Book - 2007
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A mesmerizing blend of vampire thriller and coming-of-age story--now available as a graphic novel.

Newcomers to the Otter Lake native reserve don't go unnoticed for long. So it's no surprise that 16-year-old Tiffany's curiosity is piqued when her father rents out her room to a complete stranger.

But little do Tiffany, her father, or even her insightful Granny Ruth suspect the truth about their guest. The mysterious Pierre L'Errant has a dreadful secret. After centuries roaming Europe as a brooding vampire, he has returned home to reclaim his Native roots before facing the rising sun and certain death. Meanwhile, Tiffany is deeply troubled--she doubts her boyfriend is being faithful, has escalating disputes with her father, and her estranged mother is starting a new life with somebody else.

Fed up and heartsick, Tiffany threatens drastic measures and flees into the bush. There, in the midnight woods, a chilling encounter with L'Errant changes everything as Pierre introduces Tiffany to her proud Native heritage. For Pierre, though, destiny is fixed at sunrise.

In this stunning graphic version of the award-winning novel first developed as a play in 1992, artist Mike Wyatt brings a brilliant story to visual life.

Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, c2007
ISBN: 9781554510993
Branch Call Number: YA PB Taylo 3558ya 1
Characteristics: v, 215 p


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Set in rural Ontario’s lake region on a small reserve, this book is a YA page turner. This native gothic novel, by acclaimed Ojibwa author Drew Hayden Taylor, combines the sick thrill of vampires with native legends of horror, and situations so realistic that teens (and others) will identify with them immediately. Taylor writes about the hard issues for Aboriginal youth: racism, poverty, addictions and suicide, sexism, and losing their original language in a light, entertaining, and touching way. This is Tiffany Hunter’s story and she’s no shrinking violet. Feisty and strong, opinionated, but willing to learn, Tiffany forms a dangerous relationship with a terrifying vampire who comes to the reserve, and ends up teaching her about her people in the present and in the past in a way that no school teacher could. Tiffany learns that her own strength and sense of humour just might help her conquer suicidal despair and make some exciting life decisions. (submitted by LJ)

Oct 03, 2017

A young adult novel and provides a twist by creating characters and a storyline that is part vampire tale as well as a coming of age novel. Teenager Tiffany Hunter is a disgruntled high school student who lives with her dysfunctional family on a small Ojibwe reserve. Otter Lake is her home and living at her house are her father and his mother. Grandmother is caring and wise and holds the family together after Tiffany's mother left her family for another man.

Highlights the importance of storytelling in within the Native traditional cultures. Stories can be entertaining as well as teaching tools.

Motorcycles and Sweetgrass
& the trilogy
Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth
400 Kilometres

all take place in Ottawa lake


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A troubled teenager's life on a reservation is complicated when her father rents her room to an ancient vampire, newly returned to his tribal home from Europe.

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