- Series: Lorimer Real Love
- Imprint: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
- Publication Date: 24 August 2021
- Copyright Year: 2021
- ISBN: 9781459416277
- Page Count: 168
- Dimensions: 5.3" x 7.5"
- Interest ages: 13-18
- Reading level: Grade 3
In a Heartbeat
A romance about a trans teen boy who wants to get away to reinvent himself, only to find someone who loves him for who he is.
Two people just have a way of finding each other
Lucien has always felt lonely, even though he lives in a big city. Desperate to be somewhere no one knows him, Lucien decides to spend his last semester of school in a small town — somewhere he can get a fresh start. The last thing he expects is to make friends and, even scarier, find someone he’s interested in. Alder seems interested in him, too, but when Lucien starts to hear rumours about Alder’s past, he wonders if finding love is too good to be true.
MARKUS HARWOOD-JONES is a visual artist and author. He has self-published several works of non-fiction short stories and zine collections. He is also the author of the Lorimer Real Love teen romances Just Julian, Romeo for Real, We Three and Confessions of a Teenage Drag King. Markus lives in Toronto, Ontario.
About the Author
MARKUS HARWOOD-JONES is a writer, visual artist and documentary filmmaker. He has self-published the short story collections Confessions of a Teenage Transsexual Whore and Everything & All at Once. His feature film Mosaic tells the story of his journey across Canada and the United States to learn more about the trans community. He is author of the Lorimer Real Love teen romances Just Julian, Romeo for Real, We Three and Confessions of a Teenage Drag King. Markus lives in Toronto, Ontario.
"This story isn’t just about teen romance, but also gives subtle insights into the angst of many trans kids...Harwood-Jones has done a great job of characterizing the real emotions and anxieties of trans teens...This is a wonderfully hopeful story, and I can’t wait to put a copy in my junior high classroom library."
This brief read with a simplified style intended for reluctant and struggling teen readers, provides much-needed queer representation for this format.
Every teenager could identify with the need or want to start afresh where no one knows you, especially after a life-changing experience. Nonetheless, young LGBTQ+ youth will easily be able to see themselves reflected within the story.
A teen living a double life discovers that the girl they have a crush on appreciates both aspects of their identity.$27.99, HardcoverInterest ages: 13-18Reading level: Grade 3Lexile Reading Level: HL600LA young man comes to terms with his sexuality in a modern retelling of a Shakespearean classic. When Romeo's homophobic friends can't accept him as gay, he must prove that his love for Julian is real.$27.99, HardcoverInterest ages: 13-18Reading level: Grade 4Lexile Reading Level: HL600LThe story of a young person finding a place among other LGBTQ teens, and discovering the truth about their own orientation and gender.$8.99, PaperbackInterest ages: 13-18Reading level: Grade 3Lexile Reading Level: HL630L