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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press (August 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554510996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554510993
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


One of Quill and Quire's Books of the Year 2007: "Shivers and chills in an Anishinabe setting... refreshingly smart humour." (Patty Lawlor Quill and Quire 2007-12-00)

Teens who devour vampire fiction will enjoy this unusual slant on the oft-told legend. (Jan Chapman VOYA 2008-06-00)

A vampire story like no other. (The Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens 2008-01-00)

Michael Wyatt's illustrations for the graphic novel are rich in tone, and his spare use of the colour red lends an eerie hue to the character of L'Errant. (Terri Lawrence-Taylor Professionally Speaking 2014-09-00)

About the Author

Drew Hayden Taylor is an Ojibwa author, humorist and playwright who has also worked in film and television. He resides on the Curve Lake First Nations reservation in central Ontario.

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"I've spent too many years explaining who and what I am repeatedly, so as of this moment I officially secede from both races. I plan to start my own separate nation. Because I am half Ojibway and half Caucasian, we will be called the Occasions. And of course, since I'm founding the new nation, I will be a Special Occasion." - Drew Hayden Taylor

Ojibway writer Drew Hayden Taylor is from the Curve Lake Reserve in Ontario. Hailed by the Montreal Gazette as one of Canada's leading Native dramatists, he writes for the screen as well as the stage and contributes regularly to North American Native periodicals and national newspapers. His plays have garnered many prestigious awards, and his beguiling and perceptive storytelling style has enthralled audiences in Canada, the United States and Germany. His 1998 play Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth has been anthologized in Seventh Generation: An Anthology of Native American Plays, published by the Theatre Communications Group. Although based in Toronto, Taylor has travelled extensively throughout North America, honouring requests to read from his work and to attend arts festivals, workshops and productions of his plays. He was also invited to Robert Redford's Sundance Institute in California, where he taught a series of seminars on the depiction of Native characters in fiction, drama and film. One of his most established bodies of work includes what he calls the Blues Quartet, an ongoing, outrageous and often farcical examination of Native and non-Native stereotypes.

Among Taylor's many awards are: the Canada Council Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for Theatre (2009); the Governor General's Award for Drama, Nominee (2006) In a World Created by a Drunken God; the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, Nominee (2005); James Buller Aboriginal Theatre Award for Playwright of the Year (1997) Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth; and the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, Small Theatre Division (1996) Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth.

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You can find another video interview with Drew Hayden Taylor Here ""
Credit to the HIDVL

Drew Hayden Taylor 1962-; Kennetch Charlette; Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics; Hemispheric Institute Digital Video Library. 2007 Dec. 7

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This is an excellent book for young teens.
Characters develop over the course of the story, are authentic, and compassionate.
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The art didn't knock me out but it isn't bad.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brad Hawley Brad at FanLit on May 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Originally written for the Fantasy Literature Review Site: Comic Book Review Column.

See warning at bottom of review: At the time I am posting this review, Amazon seems to mix in reviews of the original prose novel with the graphic novel adaptation of it. The Graphic Novel has a picture of the teenage, female lead character on the cover -- the original prose-only novel does not.

The Night Wanderer by Drew Hayden Taylor (text), Michael Wyatt (illustrations), and Alison Kooistra (adaptation)

This graphic novel is an adaptation by Alison Kooistra of Drew Hayden Taylor’s novel The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel. Since it’s a vampire novel — a genre of which I’ve about had my fill — I almost passed it by. But I was very interested in the Native American angle. I’m glad I picked this up — the book is only using the vampire genre to tell a Native American tale and make us look at an all-too-familiar tale in a new light. In other words, the Native American element isn’t added to come up with just another vampire story. The vampire story is secondary, and that’s the real strength of the comic book.

The story opens with the vampire of the story — a very healthy, fit Native American man with long black hair — standing on the rocky shores of Ireland. We hear his thoughts: “In more than three hundred years, this is the closest I’ve come to North America. To Home.” That drew me in fairly quickly, because this vampire is introduced not as violent but as contemplative and regretful for his past: “The Wawa-Tei are calling me to return. It’s time to deal with who I used to be. And with the monster I’ve become.”

My only fear in turning the page was that the contemplative mood would be broken by violent scenes and bad, derivative writing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alt on August 17, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Pierre L'Errant has traveled from Europe to Otter Lake, Ontario. He boards in the home of Keith Hunter, Keith's mother, and Keith's rebellious daughter. It is soon clear that Pierre lived there before, generations earlier. Why has he returned? Maybe he's on a spirit quest, or maybe he wants his eyes can go red so he can devour racists.

The rebellious daughter undergoes teenage drama that stems from her broken family and local antagonism toward Native people. She's more interesting than L'Errant, who is a fairly standard version of a not-quite-human Native who can use the standard spiritual powers to do standard spiritual things. He is an underdeveloped character. Stereotypes (or, more charitably, traditions) are substituted for characteristics of personality that might have made him interesting.

Fortunately, the intersection of the two characters holds some interest. Still, this is a "message" story and the message is a little obvious, although it might resonate well with alienated young teens.

The art didn't knock me out but it isn't bad. Standard, like the story. I would give the overall effort 3 1/2 stars if I could.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brad Middleton on August 21, 2014
Format: Paperback
In 1992, the Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon staged "A Contemporary Gothic Indian Vampire Story," a play commissioned by The Young People's Theatre of Toronto. Directed by Tibor Feheregyhazi, the story was written by Drew Hayden Taylor, who in 2007 adapted it as a YA novel called "The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel." Although I wasn't familiar with the original play, I came across the book while researching Canadian horror literature, and was instantly intrigued by the title. "The Night Wanderer" is a coming-of-age tale about a First Nations teenager, Tiffany Hunter, whose family boards a mysterious stranger from the East named Pierre L'Errant. Turns out the man is no longer quite human, and is returning to his homeland after centuries abroad. It's a very interesting premise that unfortunately didn't quite hold up to my expectations--although I suspect the target audience will get much more out of it.

The tale takes place in and around a fictional reserve on Otter Lake, in the central lakes region of Ontario. Aside from the odd trip to Sudbury, Toronto, and Ottawa, Tiffany Hunter has spent her entire life within 45-minutes of her home. She goes to high school in the small community nearby, and has a white boyfriend named Tony--although both his parents, and her father, don't approve of the relationship. Much like with many of her generation, she's disconnected from the history of her own people, and is disillusioned about what the future may hold. Things take a supernatural turn upon the arrival of Pierre L'Errant, who was born in Europe but has come to Otter Lake in order to see his ancestral home and reconnect with his roots--or so he claims.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Talvi TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Night Wanderer is a graphic novel adaptation of the book by Drew Taylor. The story is about a native American (Canadian) vampire named Pierre who returns to his home 300+ years after he was turned in France. He comes to stay on the reservation with a native family whose family was broken by their mother leaving to Edmonton to live with a white man. The father, grandmother, and very bitter teen daughter are barely making ends meet, both financially and emotionally, when they open up one of their rooms to the European boarder. What follows is Pierre's final journey home and what he finds in the current state of his ancestors at Otter Lake.

The novel is in black and white with a touch of red at the end. It is in a modern digital illustration style with minimal backgrounds and focus on the details of the characters. The artist does a good job of capturing the nuances of the characters from the original book. It is easy to follow and the story is smooth in its translation to a graphic format.

If I have one complaint, it's that the teens are rather one dimensional. The overwrought teen with the jerk boyfriend has really been done and there aren't a lot of reasons to feel for her. As a female myself who did go through those teen years (and with a tween daughter), I kind of had to roll my eyes quite a bit - which took me out of the story. Teens girls may look irrational and contrary on the outside but it's a different perspective inside that I felt the author completely failed to realize. As such, there's no empathy or sympathy for her - not even in an anti-hero sense.

But other than that, an enjoyable and quick read with some nice native American insights. Received as an ARC from the publisher.
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