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Proud of Me

Written by Sarah Hagger-Holt

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) School Stories

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Inclusive uplifting story of friendship, LBGT family life, speaking out and standing proud

From the author of the moving, ground-breaking Nothing Ever Happens Here, Sarah Hagger-Holt’s Proud of Me offers children from LBGT families a vital chance to see their lives represented, while also delivering an empathy-inspiring read with universal messages of respect and supporting your peers.


Siblings Becky and Josh are part of a loving family of “two mums, two kids – and nothing can break us apart.” They were born eight days apart, but Becky finds it easier to say they’re twins because “it saves a whole lot of explaining” (they were fathered by the same anonymous donor, with Josh birthed by Mum and Becky birthed by Ima - Hebrew for ‘mum’). While photography-mad Becky spends a lot of time with her adorable best friend Archie, who came out in Year Eight, and Carli, the new American girl at school who’s come into her life like a rainbow of light and life, Josh is desperate to know who his dad is. In fact, he becomes so fixed on finding out that he joins an online DC (donor conceived) community and secretly takes an investigative road-trip on the day of Mum’s big fiftieth birthday party celebrations. At the same time, Becky is navigating big questions around accepting who she is, and they’re both deeply involved in organising a school Pride event, both determined to make their mums proud, both determined to overcome the likes of Carli’s mother who thinks the group is “immoral and corrupting and it shouldn’t be happening in school.”


Becky and Josh’s dual narratives are an engaging, authentic delight, and this child-centred story is at once uplifting, entertaining and empowering.

Joanne Owen

Other Info

Excellent, informal talking point around the 2020 RSE curriculum (Relationships education, relationships and sex education)

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Proud of Me Synopsis

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.

An accessible child-centred story about self-acceptance and the importance of opening up to those closest to you from Sarah Hagger-Holt, who writes sensitively and gives an accurate portrayal of LGBT family life.

Proud of Me Press Reviews

Praise for Nothing Ever Happens Here;

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

"I can't wait for kids to read it - it's a book a lot of people need right now." Jay Hulme, awardwinning poet

"Compassionate and sweet and full of people trying their best. Highly recommended." Robin Stevens

"Pitch perfect as far as I'm concerned. I wish there'd been books like this in my day." Christine Burns MBE, British Political Activist

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ISBN: 9781474966245
Publication date: 04/02/2021
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781474966245
Publication date: 4th February 2021
Author: Sarah Hagger-Holt
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Personal Social Health Economic , Sexuality / Relationships, School Stories
Collections: LGBTQI Literature,

About Sarah Hagger-Holt

Sarah Hagger-Holt lives with her partner and two daughters in Hertfordshire and is the Community Campaigns Manager for the LGBTQ+ rights charity Stonewall. She is the author of two adult non-fiction LGBTQ+ parenting books and has written for the i paper, the Huffington Post, and spoken on Radio 4's Woman's Hour about LGBTQ+ parenting. Nothing Ever Happens Here was sparked by interviews that she carried out with trans parents and their children when researching her book `Pride and Joy: A guide for lesbian, gay, bi and trans parents', where she was struck by the contrast between their honest, complex stories ...

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