Fall 2023

One Summer in Vancouver

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Tom, a teen struggling to understand his sexual identity, flees Toronto for a summer of freedom in Vancouver, where something exciting is about to happen: the Gay Games.

Living with his “out” Uncle Fred, Tom experiences a new world where being your true self is freeing and fun. He falls in with teen Dwayne, who falls for him, and Gina, a lesbian getting over a relationship with a popular singer. As the Games wrap, Tom has to decide whether to return home back to a closeted life and a father who doesn’t understand, or to make a new life in Vancouver.

The 1990 Gay Games in Vancouver were an inspiring and culture-shifting event in the history of LGBTQ2S+ culture and visibility. Set against the backdrop of the Games and populated with the important organizers and cultural figures who were prominent in this landmark event, this novel is a tribute to the spirit of courage and unity that the Games represented at a time when being openly gay and proud was a radical stance.

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Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre High/Low, Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: LGBTQIA+, Diverse Books: #OwnVoices, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 280
Publication Date 2023-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF031000, YAF059000, YAF024040
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
Lexile 620
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Tony Correia

Tony Correia is an author, columnist, and blogger. He has worked as a waiter, bartender, bouncer, barista, receptionist, and a technical writer for a software company. He lives in Vancouver, BC.

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“[E]njoy this delightful book not only in the summer but year round.”—starred, Booklist