2022 Little Rebels Award Winner Announced :: NEWS
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2022 Little Rebels Award Winner Announced

22 July 2022 Share

Sarah Hagger-Holt wins Little Rebels Award for Radical Children’s Fiction, for her "powerful" coming-of-age middle-grade novel Proud of Me

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Little Rebels Award recognises radical fiction for children aged up to 12, and is administered by children’s bookseller Letterbox Library and London bookshop Housmans. It promotes children’s books that explore political ideas, challenge the status quo, or promote social justice, social equality and a more peaceful and fairer world.

Sarah Hagger-Holt was presented with the £2,000 award for her novel, Proud of Me (Usborne), by Jim MacSweeney, manager of Gays the Word bookshop, at a ceremony in the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education on 21st July. 

Proud of Me is a coming-of-age narrative in which siblings Josh and Becky, who are parented by two mums, start to explore their family’s and their own identities.

The award organisers said: “Middle grade readers are at that exact age where they are often experiencing first attractions, crushes and desires. So this is the moment where we need to validate and ‘normalise’ their feelings. In the case of young LGBTQ+ people this need is pressing and urgent. Sarah’s novel is such an important and glowing presence in this space and we hope it will help grow even more fabulous LGBTQ+ MG fiction”.

Judge Emily Haworth Booth highlighted the book’s place in the classroom: “It’s a powerful tool of change; it needs to be in school libraries”.