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  • One of the Book Trust's 100 Great Reads for 2020. 

  • Nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2021.

  • Shortlisted for the Warwickshire Secondary Book Award and for the James Reckitt Hull Children's Book Award.

  • Longlisted for the Bristol Teen Book Award and the Diverse Books Award.

"A timely, gentle and honest story that will inspire conversations and encourage empathy." Book Trust


“It was absolutely amazing and I would read it 100 times again. There has been some disturbance in my family recently and your book has reassured me that things might not go as badly as I thought.” Evie, Year 8


“Filled with warm, nuanced characterisation.” The Guardian


“Fresh and vibrant [...] with refreshing humour.” Waterstones book blog

What's it about?

Twelve-year-old Izzy is happy to stay out of sight on the sidelines, until her new best friend Grace gets her up on stage. To her surprise, they both win lead roles in the school production of ‘Guys and Dolls’. 


As Izzy overcomes her stage fright at school, her personal life is under the spotlight. Izzy’s dad comes out to the family as a trans woman, and Izzy worries that everything’s going to change at school, at home and in her friendship with Grace.

why did i write it?

There aren’t many books that feature LGBTQ+ families, in particular families with a trans parent. I know families like Izzy’s, who have come through times of change and difficulty, and become stronger as a result. These families are ordinary and remarkable at the same time.


I started wondering about what the experience of a parent coming out would be like for someone near the start of secondary school. And that’s how Izzy’s story began.

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