Nothing Ever Happens Here

Sarah Hagger-Holt

Age: 9+


Nothing Ever Happens Here

Age 9+

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"A barrier-breaking, empathy-inducing story for all." LoveReading4Kids

I wonder what people would think if they could take the front off our house, like a doll's house, and watch us. All in the same house, but everyone separate. No one talking, but everyone thinking the same thing. Will we ever be a normal family again?

Izzy's family is under the spotlight when her dad comes out as Danielle, a trans woman. Now shy Izzy must face her fears, find her voice, confront the bullies and stand up for her family.

Warm, honest and hopeful, this is a story about the power of family, friendship and being true to yourself.

272 pages
199.1 x 132.7mm
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Key Stage:
KS2, KS3
Publication Date:
January 2020
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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.

Find out more about Sarah Hagger-Holt


James Reckitt Hull Children’s Book Award 2021


Warwickshire Secondary Book Award 2021


The Diverse Book Awards 2021


The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2021

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This authentic-feeling book, filled with warm, nuanced characterisation, explores the idea of transition in a gentle, unsensational way.

The Guardian

Gentle and compassionate book

The Times Literary Supplement

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


A barrier-breaking, empathy-inducing story for all.


[Hagger-Holt] never lets the book's simple and timeless message - that everyone has the right to be accepted and love as their own, authentic self - eclipse the story.

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