Fall 2023

Secret Me

From the Series Lorimer Real Love

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

Tage seems to have it all: she hangs out with the school’s most popular clique and has a handsome boyfriend. She’s also living a lie about her sexuality.

Wren, a nonbinary schoolmate, has been the victim of bullying by Tage’s clique, which leaves Tage racked by guilt because she’s always been drawn to Wren. When Tage picks up Wren during a snowstorm and they are forced to spend a night together, their true feelings emerge. With Wren’s support, Tage must decide if she will come out to celebrate herself and her new relationship.

This novel deals with the place of sexual and gender identity in a contemporary high school setting. The role of bullying in female peer groups is explored, and so is how bullying can become a dysfunctional habit to repress a person’s true feelings.

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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
Copyright 2023
Publisher James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 176
Publication Date 2023-08-01
Text Type Fiction—Romance
BISACS YAF052040, YAF058040, YAF058020
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 850
Features Author/Illustrator biography

Author: Angel Jendrick

Angel Jendrick is the author of gritty contemporary romances. She also dabbles in poetry, from time to time. When not writing or editing (or thinking about writing or editing), she watches movies, jams to her favorite tunes, runs after her kids, or works on her latest home reno or DIY project.

Meet the Publisher: Lorimer Children and Teens

Allow us to introduce you to Lorimer Children and Teens, a Canadian publisher who specializes in creating diverse books for reluctant and striving readers. Read on to learn more about Lorimer’s publishing program and unique vision to “get kids reading!” What is Lorimer Children and… View →