Night Wanderer, The Share this with a friend

A Native Gothic Novel

by Drew Hayden Taylor

Books of the Year List, Quill & Quire Book of the Year Award Honorable Mention, Foreword Reviews Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Children’s Book of the Year finalist, Ânskohk Aboriginal Book Awards Sunburst Awards finalist Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award finalist Arthur Ellis Award finalist Stellar Book Award finalist, BC Teen Readers Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Snow Willow Award nomination

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.

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


“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

“[This is] not a typical vampire story . . . [and] overall, it was good . . . I would recommend this novel to fans of vampire and gothic novels.”
—, reviewer age 20


Look Inside

Lesson Plan

Book Talk

Download Cover


Rights Sold:
Slovenian, French NA

Print This Page

For other books by
Drew Hayden Taylor