Between Worlds: A Series of Dance Novels

Between Worlds is a series of dance novels or anyone who loves dance and the arts. It’s the story of a 14-year-old girl who uses dance to cope with upheaval in her life.

Between Worlds 1: The Move

A pile of old suitcases wtih a pair of pink high-tops at the top. The cover for Between Worlds 1: The Move by Lori Wolf-Heffner, the first book in a series of dance novels
Cover artwork by Michelle Fairbanks of Fresh Design

Without a space to dance, how will Juliana adjust to her new home?

Tap dancer Juliana moves across Canada with her parents to care for an ailing grandfather. Cut off from her friends, surrounded by strangers, and unable to dance out her frustrations, Juliana becomes overwhelmed by the whirlwind of changes spinning around her. Scared she’ll explode and embarrass herself, she runs one night to the only place she can: her grandfather’s cellar…

With Tata gone to America after Europe’s great war and Mammi now toiling away in the family’s shoemaking workshop, Elisabeth must care for her siblings and prepare for Christmas. When her brother and two sisters refuse to listen and her list of chores grows ever longer, Elisabeth worries that neither drawing in her sketchbook nor praying to God can help her survive these changes.

When Juliana discovers Elisabeth’s sketchbook of unknown people, struggles, and celebrations, she knows in her heart that she’s found the lifeline in her new world. But how will she understand what the drawings mean?

The Move is the first book in the contemporary/historical series Between Worlds. If you love history, the arts, and family, pick up a copy of The Move today and get lost in a story that spans generations.

Between Worlds 8 was released in July 2021.

What Dance Means in These Dance Books

Growing up, any dance movie I watched revolved around “making it,” but part of me knew that wouldn’t be my future, despite a few attempts at professional auditions. I wanted to write the series I was missing in my youth, one where the protagonist loved dance but infused her life with it.

Dance is woven into Juliana’s everyday life in this series of dance books, from dance class to practice at home to competition.

Lori Wolf-Heffner pratising for Grade 2 or 3 ballet exam
Lori Wolf-Heffner practising for a ballet exam in her youth.

Although she sometimes debates a professional career as a dancer, that goal is not the reason Juliana dances. Dance is her outlet and sometimes even her way of understanding the world. So even when she’s not dancing, she’s seeing how she can live dance. That’s what makes this a series of dance novels.

Dance has filled my life with so much meaning and beauty, but aside from a few years of teaching dance in my 20s, I never turned professional. You can dedicate your youth to dance without planning to have a professional career, and that’s the philosophy of dance in Between Worlds, my series of dance novels.

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Where to Buy Between Worlds

This series of dance novels about Juliana and her great-grandmother Elisabeth is available worldwide in softcover, ebook format, and large print through all major national and international book retailers. Residents of Canada can click on the books above and order signed copies directly from me (shipping charges do apply).

Here are some Canadian and US links (but the books are available internationally):

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