The Night Wanderer: A Graphic Novel by Drew Hayden Taylor
|September 30, 2013||Posted by Christa McGrath under Canadian, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Young Adult|
Art by Michael Wyatt | Published by Annick Press
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
This version of The Night Wanderer is presented in a graphic novel. The black and white imagery with pops of red color produces an atmosphere of eeriness that suits the mysteriousness of this book. Taylor presents an interesting fusion of the vampire phenomenon and First Nations’ legends.
The story revolves around two main characters: Tiffany and Pierre. Tiffany is a First Nations teenager who lives with her father and grandmother on the Anishnabe First Nations reserve at Otter Lake. Pierre is their new boarder who arrives from Europe and has Anishniabe ancestry and vampire like qualities.
The story has many conflicting themes: good versus evil, normal versus abnormal, and natural versus supernatural. In some ways the main characters seem very similar; but they have very obvious differences as well. From a similarity standpoint, they both deal with obstacles and experience feelings of isolation. Tiffany is like most other teenage girls. She has problems with her non-native boyfriend and school; clashes with her dad, and feels isolated from her family and friends. Pierre has his own personal demons in life and feels isolated from his childhood and the human race. They are both trying to find a sense of peace in their lives.
While Pierre’s presence in the household is strange and unsettling to Tiffany, she is oddly drawn to him as well. And when she runs off one night feeling angry with the world, she finds solace from an unnerving encounter with Pierre. Soon after, they both follow their destiny though in very drastic ways.
The Night Wanderer is for a young audience and can be read in one sitting. Readers learn a little about folklore and culture and life lessons in general. For this reason, it might make for a worthy read in the educational system with potential to engage students and create interesting discussions.
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