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The Night Wanderer



Publisher & Publication Year

Annick, 2007

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Drew Hayden Taylor (Curve Lake First Nation Ojibway)

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Michael Wyatt



Tiffany is a sixteen-year-old Anishinaabe teen living on the Otter Lake reservation. She’s dealing with a lot: her father is concerned about her grades, her mother has left to start a life with a new partner, and her white boyfriend makes racist comments about her Native heritage. When Tiffany’s father rents out their basement to Pierre L’Errant, the family doesn’t know the truth: L’Errant is a vampire returning to his tribal home after spending centuries in Europe. Tiffany and her family grow suspicious of their new house guest, especially when he has a conversation with their grandmother, who is the only known fluent speaker of their Anishinaabe language. When Tiffany flees into the woods one night, overcome by her life circumstances, she encounters L’Errant and learns about the history of their ancestors.

Notable Achievements

Commended, Book of the Year Award, Honorable Mention, Foreword Reviews, 2008; Joint winner, Books of the Year List, Quill & Quire, 2008; Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, 2008; Short-listed, Children’s Book of the Year, Anskohk Aboriginal Book Awards, 2008; Short-listed, Sunburst Awards, 2008; Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, 2008; Short-listed, Arthur Ellis Award, 2008; Short-listed, Stellar Book Award, 2008; Short-listed, Snow Willow Award, 2008


Kirkus Reviews: “An intriguing mix of vampires and Native lore with a whisper of Gothic charm.”

Educator Guide

This educator’s guide includes a list of themes, pre-reading activities, discussion questions, and post-reading activities.

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