The Night Wanderer

The Night Wanderer

A Native Gothic Novel

Book - 2007
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Nothing ever happens on the Otter Lake reserve. 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 insightful Granny Ruth know, the mysterious Pierre L'Errant is actually a vampire, returning to his tribal home after centuries spent in Europe.
ISBN: 9781554511006
9781554510993
Characteristics: v, 215 pages ;,19 cm.

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A "Native Gothic Novel" set in Ontario on the Otter Lake reserve.


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Set in rural Ontario’s lake region on a small reserve, this book is a YA page turner. This native gothic novel, by acclaimed Ojibwa author Drew Hayden Taylor, combines the sick thrill of vampires with native legends of horror, and situations so realistic that teens (and others) will identify with them immediately. Taylor writes about the hard issues for Aboriginal youth: racism, poverty, addictions and suicide, sexism, and losing their original language in a light, entertaining, and touching way. This is Tiffany Hunter’s story and she’s no shrinking violet. Feisty and strong, opinionated, but willing to learn, Tiffany forms a dangerous relationship with a terrifying vampire who comes to the reserve, and ends up teaching her about her people in the present and in the past in a way that no school teacher could. Tiffany learns that her own strength and sense of humour just might help her conquer suicidal despair and make some exciting life decisions. (submitted by LJ)

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DonnaMeness
Oct 03, 2017

A young adult novel and provides a twist by creating characters and a storyline that is part vampire tale as well as a coming of age novel. Teenager Tiffany Hunter is a disgruntled high school student who lives with her dysfunctional family on a small Ojibwe reserve. Otter Lake is her home and living at her house are her father and his mother. Grandmother is caring and wise and holds the family together after Tiffany's mother left her family for another man.

Highlights the importance of storytelling in within the Native traditional cultures. Stories can be entertaining as well as teaching tools.

Motorcycles and Sweetgrass
& the trilogy
Someday
Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth
400 Kilometres

all take place in Ottawa lake

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A troubled teenager's life on a reservation is complicated when her father rents her room to an ancient vampire, newly returned to his tribal home from Europe.

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