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The Night Wanderer - A Native Gothic Novel

The Night Wanderer

A Native Gothic Novel

Interest Age: 12+
Grade: 7+
Reading Level: Lexile HL750L
Paperback : 9781554510993, 228 pages, September 2007 , 7.25" x 5.0"


A mesmerizing blend of Gothic thriller and modern coming-of-age novel, The Night Wanderer is unlike any other vampire story.

Nothing ever happens on the Otter Lake reservation. But when 16-year-old Tiffany discovers her father is renting out her room, she’s deeply upset. Sure, their guest is polite and keeps to himself, but he’s also a little creepy.

Little do Tiffany, her father, or even her astute Granny Ruth suspect the truth. The mysterious Pierre L’Errant is actually a vampire, returning to his tribal home after centuries spent in Europe. But Tiffany has other things on her mind: her new boyfriend is acting weird, disputes with her father are escalating, 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 . . . for both of them.


“Offers food for thought as well as frights. Taylor sensitively works several important themes (redemption, coming of age, ties that bind) into his treatment of discussion-worthy issues (prejudice, bullying, suicide). His representation of life on a small reserve is authoritative, his Anishinabe vocabulary is authentic, and his refreshingly smart humour runs liberally through the book. Hats off to Annick Press for approaching a writer of Taylor’s stature to write a novel for young teens. The Night Wanderer is a quality offering.”

- Quill & Quire,*starred review, 07/07

“Thoughtful and descriptive writing will keep the reader engaged from cover to end.”

- New Tribe, 10/07

“Teens who devour vampire fiction will enjoy this unusual slant on the oft-told legend.”

- VOYA, 04/08

“Refreshingly creative.”

- Canadian Literature, 10/08

“[A] unique multicultural selection.”

- Allison’s Book Bag, 06/12/15