Something to be Proud Of

Anna Zoe Quirke


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Little Tiger Press Group
6 June 2024
ISBN: 9781788956901
416 pages

From the publisher

When chaotic bisexual Imogen convinces openly gay captain of the football team Ollie to help her put on a fully inclusive and accessible pride festival, they find friendship, acceptance and maybe even romance (not with each other, obviously) along the way…

“A sparkling debut about friendship, solidarity and the joy and heartache of queer teenhood, from Anna Zoe Quirke, a witty, fresh new voice in YA.” Lex Croucher, author of Gwen and Art are Not in Love

Imogen Quinn is a chaotic bisexual with dreams of becoming a stand-up comedian, crushing stereotypes about autistic people. When she decides to put on a pride festival that’s accessible for everyone, she enlists the help of the openly gay captain of the football team, Ollie Armstrong.

Dealing with the fallout from his parents’ divorce, Ollie is initially hesitant. But it doesn’t take long for him to be swept up by Imogen’s passion, and he’s not the only one. Joined by the (infuriatingly perfect) head girl, musicians, an artist and a star baker – a dream team soon assembles to help plan pride and tackle injustices in their school and beyond. You’d better listen out – they’re getting ready to make some noise.

Packed full of fun, forever friendships and fighting back, this YA debut is perfect for fans of I Kissed Shara WheelerGwen and Art are Not in LoveFeel GoodHeartstopper and Not My Problem.

“Furiously joyful and brimming with hope. Something to be Proud Of kicks open doors, demanding more for inclusivity. Brilliant magical stuff!” Lizzie Huxley-Jones, author of Hits Different

“A study in the strength, determination, and love that young people can bring to the world, Something to be Proud Of is both powerful and hilarious at once.” Anika Hussain, author of This is How You Fall in Love

“This hilarious comedy will make anyone who is queer and neurodiverse feel seen, uplifted and treasured.” Lauren James, author of The Quiet at the End of the World

“A funny, inspiring story about the importance of friendship and fighting for a more inclusive world” Sophie Cameron, author of Away with Words

Something To Be Proud Of is a book full of passion and drama, with moments to make you laugh, gasp and even punch the air with satisfaction! It’s a story about the power of friendship and the importance of standing up for each other, making mistakes and doing your best, and learning that we are always stronger together. It’s a message we all need right now.” Sarah Hagger-Holt, author of The Fights That Make Us

“Inspiring, uplifting, and completely fabulous!” Sinéad O’Hart, author of The Time Tider

"Pride, passion, friendship and fighting back — this YA debut radiates the power of coming together to bring about positive change in funny, inspiring style." LoveReading4Kids

"A debut novel with an autistic bi lead, Something to be Proud Of, features a diverse cast who are instantly relatable." The Bookseller