Debut author Sarah Hagger-Holt’s stunning Middle Grade novel, Nothing Ever Happens Here is published today by Usborne.

Described by Booktrust as “Perfectly pitched, this is a timely, gentle and honest story that will inspire conversations and encourage empathy”, the novel follows Izzy, whose life becomes the subject of discussion when her Dad comes out as trans woman Danielle. This is a heart-warming exploration into what it means to be a family…

“This is Littlehaven. Nothing ever happens here. Until the spotlight hits my family.”

Izzy’s family is under the spotlight when her dad comes out as Danielle, a trans woman. Izzy is terrified 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?

The novel has received some fantastic reviews in the run up to publication…

“I can’t wait for kids to read it – it’s a book a lot of people need right now.” Jay Hulme, award-winning transgender poet

“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 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

Sarah Hagger-Holt has worked as a copywriter, content-gatherer and campaigner in the charity sector, travelling within the UK and overseas to gather stories. She now works for the LGBT rights charity Stonewall.

Sarah is fascinated by people’s stories and uncovering voices which are seldom heard. She has co-authored two non-fiction books based on dozens of first-hand interviews — the first about the experiences of lesbian, gay and bi Christians, and the second a handbook for LGBT parents.