"This title is well written and realistic, with important messages about acceptance, honesty, and family dynamics. Readers will empathize with Izzy and her struggles and will enjoy watching her realize that Danielle is still the same person she always was...The experiences of the characters feel authentic, and the writing style and vocabulary are perfect for middle grade readers...A delightful and refreshing read about a middle grader with a trans parent." – School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
Warm and hopeful, this is a touching and honest depiction of a family changing together–and staying together.
“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. 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? Now all eyes are on Izzy. Can she face her fears, find her voice, and stand up for her family and what’s right?
Sarah Hagger-Holt is Community Campaigns Manager at LGBTQ+ rights charity Stonewall and lives with her partner and two daughters in the UK. She is the author of two adult non-fiction books and has written for the i Paper, the Huffington Post, and spoken on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour about LGBT parenting. Nothing Ever Happens Here was sparked by interviews that she carried out for her parenting guides, where she was struck by the contrast between the honest, complex stories of the families she was meeting and the sensationalist media coverage of trans people’s lives.