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SARAH HAGGER-HOLT: Award-winning Ricky author releases new LGBT+ novel for teenagers

 Published on: 4th February 2024   |   By: Sophia Sheera   |   Category: Uncategorized

An award-winning children’s author from Rickmansworth has released her fourth novel to coincide with national LGBT+ History Month.

The Fights That Make Us by Sarah Hagger-Holt follows the story of non-binary Jesse as they uncover their older cousin’s secret queer life. Both fascinated and horrified by their cousin’s bravery in campaigning for queer emancipation, Jesse must now also find their own way in the world.

Sarah said: “I try to write the stories that I didn’t get to read when I was growing up. My latest book, The Fights That Make Us, is aimed at early teens but I think there’s something in there that’s also useful for parents and adults working with LGBT+ families.

“I try to write characters who feel real, the kind of people whom I want to know myself. Some years ago, I was involved in co-authoring a non-fiction book interviewing LGBT+ families at a time in which I didn’t know many others in my personal life, and a lot of those stories have inspired my fiction.”

Sarah’s first novel, Nothing Ever Happens Here, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and her second novel, Proud of Me, won the 2022 Little Rebels Award for Radical Children’s Fiction.

The Fights That Make Us was published on February 1. To find out more, visit

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