Just Like Everyone Else

Sarah Hagger-Holt

Age: 10+


Just Like Everyone Else

Age 10+

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A commercial coming-of-age story for tweens exploring identity, family and self-acceptance, from award-winning author Sarah Hagger-Holt.

Thirteen-year-old Aidan can't breathe in his crowded family home. Running is his only respite from four loud sisters and involved, touchy-feely parents. Then his mum makes an announcement: she's having another baby. Only, this time it's not for her; she will be a surrogate for gay couple Justin and Atif.

Aidan is incensed. As if his family wasn't embarrassing - or big - enough already. But he's also scared. Aidan thinks he might be gay, and he's really struggling to accept this possibility. What if being around Justin and Atif means that he has to come out before he's ready?

If only he were just like everyone else.

Praise for Sarah Hagger-Holt:
Winner of the Little Rebels Award
Twice-nominated for the Carnegie Medal
"Gentle and compassionate" The Times Literary Supplement
"A fantastic book - I absolutely loved it!" L.D. Lapinski, author of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency
"Warm, funny and believable" The Guardian

320 pages
198 x 130mm
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Publication Date:
June 2023
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Sarah Hagger-Holt
Sarah Hagger-Holt is an award-winning and critically acclaimed author. Her debut novel for children, Nothing Ever Happens Here, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal, and her second, Proud of Me, was the winner of the Little Rebels Award for Radical Children's Fiction. She is the author of two adult non-fiction LGBTQ+ books and has written for the i paper, the Huffington Post, and spoken on Radio 4's Woman's Hour about LGBTQ+ parenting. Sarah lives with her partner and two daughters in Hertfordshire.

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Cheshire Schools' Book Award 2024

Acutely observed, warm and down to earth, Aidan's gradual journey from denial to self-acceptance is an absorbing read for 11+.

The Guardian

A story of family and identity for readers aged 12+.

Irish Examiner

A powerful and important story.

Tamsin Winter, author of Girl (In Real Life)

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