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The Night Wanderer - A Native Gothic Novel

The Night Wanderer

A Native Gothic Novel

Categories: Children's Fiction
Interest Age: 12+
Grade: 7+
Reading Level: Lexile HL750L
Paperback : 9781554510993, 228 pages, September 2007 , 7.23" x 5.00"
Hardcover : 9781554511006, 228 pages, September 2007 , 7.52" x 5.33"

Description

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.

Awards

  • 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

Reviews

“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