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Fantastic Five Star Review for BEHIND CLOSED DOORS from Heather Matuozzo, Director of Hoarding Disorder charity, Clouds End CIC : "As someone who actually works in the field of Hoarding Disorder I read this book with interest. So often children who live in these conditions never have a chance to talk about their side of the story , as Miriam shows, they suffer in silence. Sometimes they do not realise that not everyone lives like this. I work with the adults usually but children ... are part of the story too, and they need to feel they have some say in their own room at least. Miriam showed great sensitivity and understanding around these issues ... It is hard for adults to know how to ask for help ... imagine how hard it is for the young who have no idea even where to start..."
BookTrust have given HIDDEN a wonderful review. Check it out here.
They have also made it their Book of the Day for July 1st 2018.
More reviews of HIDDEN below.
Josie and Tasha, both fifteen, are near-neighbours. But when their families let them down, they find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for survival.
Josie is the daughter of an obsessive-compulsive hoarder whose house is no longer safe. Tasha, though materially cared for, feels threatened by her mother's new boyfriend, who her mother chooses over her daughter. They are girls on the margins of adulthood, who find themselves also on the margins of society.
"We stare at each other and in that moment everything between us changes. Tasha with the mum who doesn't protect her and me with the mum in prison, neither of us with a proper home."
Behind Closed Doors explores what teenagers are up against when there is no security at home.
This novel moves at a breathless pace showing the two girls coping in impossible circumstances. Each of them have secrets and are struggling to keep up a public face. Miriam Halahmy successfully uses a light touch with this dark material. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Author, Anne Cassidy.
Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal
Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week
Portsmouth Book Award
Essex Book Award
Southern Schools Award
Hampshire Book Award
Alix lives near the beach on Hayling Island. It is a quiet backwater, far removed from world events. One cold day in winter while they are walking on the beach,Alix and her school mate Samir pull a drowning man out of the freezing sea. He is an illegal immigrant, desperate not to be found and deported. Faced with the most difficult decision of their lives, what will Alix and Samir do and who can they trust?
This new edition of HIDDEN has been published by Troika Books to tie in with the stage adaptation of the novel.The play will tour, Autumn 2018.
This is a book about a serious subject which nonetheless preserves a warmth, comic touch and an optimistic approach. The least likely characters turn out to have hidden, empathetic depths, and the end is a resolution as full of hope as possible. It explores important, sobering topics like torture and the events that drive people to travel across the world to seek refuge, without at any point being bleak.
Such an inspirational book about acceptance and standing up for what you
believe in. Thank you for writing a book that not only opens my eyes but also the eyes of my students. A must read!
May 2018, Laurie Schwartz, Teacher, Minnesota
Hidden is a gripping story...written with clarity and immediacy...this is a book to counter bigotry.
Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times.
Miriam left me feeling inspired and empowered to stand up for the things I believe in. Everyone should read this book...It's invigorating.
Miriam Halahmy is a truly magnificent author. She makes you think and think.
Phoebe Ridgway, 14 years.
A gripping story focusing on an agonisingly difficult contemporary problem. Tautly written throughout, this fine novel deserves the widest audience.
The pace of the narrative carries the reader through the messages about justice and integrity.
A great story about a very real and current problem. It shows the reader precisely why refugees come here... because there is no alternative.