The Night Wanderer

Drew Hayden Taylor tells the story of a teenage girl whose life changes when a stranger rents out a room in her house.

Drew Hayden Taylor, illustrated by Michael Wyatt

When Tiffany's father rents out a room to a stranger in their home on Otter Lake reservation, it's weird, but not a big deal. But that's because no one knows the truth: the stranger is Pierre L'Errant, a vampire returning home after spending hundreds of years abroad. But when Tiffany and Pierre end up in the woods together one night, everything changes. The Night Wanderer is an original and compelling vampire story.

The Night Wanderer is for readers ages 12 and up.

Drew Hayden Taylor is an Ojibwe playwright, author and journalist from Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario. He has worked on over 17 documentaries examining Indigenous experiences. In 2007, Taylor released his debut YA novel The Night WandererHis other books include Motorcycles & Sweetgrass and Take Us to Your Chief, a collection of Indigenous science-fiction short stories. Taylor was a recipient of a 2021 Indspire Award in the arts category.

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From the book

Tiffany's heart leapt up into her throat and practically out into the forest. Instinctively, she lurched to the left and hit her head on the doorway of the treehouse, actually seeing stars like in all those cartoons she had watched, Cradling her head, she scrambled to the side of the treehouse, away from the proximity of the voice. She tried to scream, but she couldn't catch her breath. Instead, she merely grunted. A very unappealing, unsophisticated grunt.

She could hear more rustling outside, this time making its way along the tree branch to the treehouse itself. It or he (definitely a masculine voice), or whatever it was, was getting closer. In a few seconds it would be in the treehouse with her. Tiffany had nothing to protect herself with. To put it mildly, Tiffany Hunter was terrified and assumed this to be her last few moments on this Earth.

From The Night Wanderer by Drew Hayden Taylor ©2007. Published by Annick Press.


Author interviews

Drew Hayden Taylor On Short Stories

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Drew Hayden Taylor shares his favourite short story writers.
Ojibway author Drew Hayden Taylor breaks down what a powwow is and why all Canadians should go to one.