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.
- Short-listed, Arthur Ellis Award 2008
- Nominated, Snow Willow Award 2008
- Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2008
- Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award 2008
- Short-listed, Sunburst Awards 2008
- Short-listed, Children’s Book of the Year, nskohk Aboriginal Book Awards 2008
- Joint winner, Books of the Year List, Quill & Quire 2008
- Short-listed, Stellar Book Award 2008
- Commended, Book of the Year Award, Honorable Mention, Foreword Reviews 2008
“Refreshingly creative. ”- Canadian Literature, 10/08
“[A] unique multicultural selection. ”- Allison’s Book Bag, 06/12/15
“Teens who devour vampire fiction will enjoy this unusual slant on the oft-told legend. ”- VOYA, 04/08
“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