Nothing Ever Happens Here


This Carnegie-nominated debut novel for 9-12 year olds (KS2 and KS3) is a warm-hearted story celebrating family and friendship, including LGBTQ+ characters and themes. Published by Usborne.


Izzy's family is under the spotlight when her dad comes out as Danielle, a trans woman. Izzy is worried her family will be torn apart. Will she lose her dad? Will her parents break up? And what will people at school say? Izzy's always been shy, but now all eyes are on her. Can she face her fears, find her voice and stand up for what's right?


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Proud of Me


This Carnegie-nominated novel for 9-12 year olds (KS2 and KS3) is a story of family, friendships, first love, faith, coming out and coming of age. It also won the Little Rebels Award for Radical Children's Fiction in 2022. Read a free sample and buy now.


Becky and Josh are almost-twins, with two mums and the same anonymous donor dad.

Josh can't wait until he's eighteen, the legal age when he can finally contact his donor, and he'll do anything to find out more ­­­- even if it involves lying. Becky can't stop thinking about her new friend, Carli. Could her feelings for Carli be a sign of something more?

Becky and Josh both want their parents to be proud of them...but right now, they're struggling to even accept themselves.

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"Approaching issues of gender and sexuality with a fresh, vibrant slant [...] Handled with sensitivity and refreshing humour, Hagger-Holt’s debut children’s novel is a tribute to inclusivity and acceptance that speaks brilliantly effectively to a vitally important topic.” Waterstones, Best Books to Look Out for in 2020


"This authentic-feeling book, filled with warm, nuanced characterisation, explores the idea of transition in a gentle, unsensational way." The Guardian, January's Best New Picture Books and Novels


"Perfectly pitched, this is a timely, gentle and honest story that will inspire conversations and encourage empathy." Book Trust


"There’s love, friendship and challenging prejudice aplenty in this debut novel [...] This is at once an important support tool for children in similar situations, and a barrier-breaking, empathy-inducing story for all." LoveReading4Kids, January 2020 Debut of the Month


"A good contemporary read which plausibly reflects the problems and issues any young person may face in their life. I would recommend its inclusion in any upper KS2/lower KS3 class library."  Just Imagine


"This book was so good and you know it’s a good book when you tell your mum that you can’t wait to go to bed so I could continue reading. I have already recommended this book to a few of my friends and I will carry on telling people about this." Ava (aged 11), Toppsta reviewer


"This is a wonderful debut novel, presenting a story for our time with believable characters, a very relatable family and a scenario that readers may very well encounter for real during their school days. How would you handle it? I wish there’d been books like this in my day."   Christine Burns MBE, British political activist


"Told through 12-year-old Izzy's voice, the book takes a touching, non-sensationalist look at what happens next and is well-pitched for this readership. One to watch."    The Bookseller


"Huge themes run through this book, but something that comes across very strongly is the need for kindness in learning to understand other people." Juno magazine