The Night Wanderer: A Graphic Novel

The Night Wanderer: A Graphic Novel

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by Drew Taylor, Michael Wyatt
     
 

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A mesmerizing blend of vampire thriller and coming-of-age story -- now available as a graphic novel.
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A mesmerizing blend of vampire thriller and coming-of-age story -- now available as a graphic novel.

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Kirkus Reviews
2013-11-02
A troubled young girl and an old vampire cross paths in a graphic-format adaption of a 2007 novel by the same name. Sixteen-year-old Tiffany lives in Otter Lake, Toronto, an Anishinaabe reserve, with her father and paternal grandmother. With times being tough, her father decides to take in a boarder. Brimming with teenage angst, Tiffany isn't thrilled with the situation. In fact, she's not thrilled with her life in general: Her mother abandoned her to start a new life, and she's pretty sure her boyfriend, Tony, is cheating on her. Enter the shadowy and mysterious boarder, Pierre L'Errant, who's returning to Otter Lake to settle unfinished business and unexpectedly helps Tiffany toward an important realization. L'Errant and Tiffany's relationship is refreshing: They are not romantically involved, and he, thankfully, doesn't sparkle. Taylor's story is engaging in its mixing of diverse elements, especially his synthesis of the tales of the Anishinaabe with vampire legend. However, the lackluster black-and-white art (with bursts of emphatic red spattered about) doesn't add anything to a narrative that already feels rushed. Readers may feel as though they've just seen a filmed adaptation of a book that had to scramble to cram in the best parts. An intriguing mix of vampires and Native lore with a whisper of Gothic charm, ultimately bogged down by a cramped abridgement and then squeezed into an ill-chosen format. (Graphic paranormal suspense. 13 & up)
Canadian Children's Book News - Jeffrey Canton
This is a very different kind of vampire novel--satisfyingly layered, subtle and rich with the evocations of First Nations life and well worth experiencing in this new graphic format.
Best Books for Kids & Teens - The Canadian Children's Book Centre
[Review of paperback novel edition:] A vampire story like no other.
Quill and Quire - Patty Lawlor
[Review of paperback novel edition:] One of Quill and Quire's Books of the Year 2007: "Shivers and chills in an Anishinabe setting... refreshingly smart humour."
CM Magazine - Daphne Hamilton-Nagorsen
Drew Hayden Taylor created a unique and fascinating story which Michael Wyatt and Alison Kooistra have adapted into an excellent graphic novel that will appeal to a wide group of readers.
Booktoss - Laura Jimenez
This book provides both creepy entertainment, beauty, and an authentic representation of a non-White culture that is alive and well in 2013.
Voice of Youth Advocates
This is a short read that reluctant teen readers will likely enjoy. The graphical representation of the characters' relationships illustrates their feelings well. Most teens will relate to rocky family relationships and will enjoy the elements of fantasy and spirituality as a welcomed higher power that can help shift things into balance. This book allows for discussion around issues of family relationships, responsibility, and the role and value of tradition.
Resource Links - Patricia Jermey
This graphic novel is an excellent adaptation of Drew Hayden Taylor's novel.
VOYA - Kelly Czarnecki
Tiffany is sixteen and lives with her dad and grandmother on a reservation. Her mother recently left the family for another man, and Tiffany does not always get along with her father. She is told that a boarder, Pierre L'errant, is moving into the house so they can make some extra money, and Tiffany needs to move her belongings to the room in the basement. Pierre recalls stories from his great-grandfather, who used to live on this reservation. For example, where there is now a baseball diamond, there used to be a sweat lodge. When Pierre tells some of these stories to Tiffany's friends, they do not like to hear them and plan to fight him since he is an outsider. They get a surprise when Pierre possesses vampire-like qualities and disappears without anyone seeing where he went. In the meantime, Tiffany's relationships with her boyfriend and father are going downhill, and so are her grades. Pierre ends up playing a significant role in this family that is falling apart. This is a short read that reluctant teen readers will likely enjoy. The graphical representation of the characters' relationships illustrates their feelings well. Most teens will relate to rocky family relationships and will enjoy the elements of fantasy and spirituality as a welcomed higher power that can help shift things into balance. This book allows for discussion around issues of family relationships, responsibility, and the role and value of tradition. Reviewer: Kelly Czarnecki

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554515738
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
09/15/2013
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

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