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Photo : Louis Berk
Photo : Louis Berk

 

I write novels, short stories, poetry and song lyrics for children, teens and adults.

 

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New book!! SAVING HANNO, Holiday House, April 2019

What if you were fleeing for your life but had to leave your dog behind?

 

 

 

Nine year old Rudi is escaping Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport to England. However, he cannot bring Hanno, his wonderful dachsund. Luckily his family find a way to smuggle Hanno to London. But with England on the brink of war, Hanno is still not safe. When a German invasion seems imminent, people start putting their pets down. To save Hanno again, Rudi joins a group of local kids in their hideout in the woods. A fast paced book full of courage and excitement.

Holiday House, April 2019

 

 

 

First author to receive the Author Award from PJ Ourway in America.

PJ Ourway child reviewers loved Saving  Hanno.

This book shows a realistic story which tells a lot about world history and what it’s like to be a German Jew in the 30s. The book has a great story that 8- to 11-year-old kids would love. I love this book because I am very interested in world history. I like how the story was told from Rudi's perspective and I liked how they used German language a lot because now I know how to say "yes" in German!

Asher, nine years.

Miriam Halahmy’s novel introduces readers to a little-known facet of the war . . . will please young readers.

Booklist

Stage adaptation of my novel HIDDEN.

The stage play of my novel HIDDEN toured schools and small theatres, September - November 2018. 

Script by Vickie Donoghue

Directed by Stuart Mullins.

Find out more about the play and see the amazing photographs  HERE!

 "It is the facts. The true facts."

Sayeed, Sudanese refugee.

BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, Firefly Press,

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.

REVIEWS

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.

Heather Matuozzo, Director of Hoarding Disorder charity, Clouds End CIC :

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.

A gritty, moving and seldom told story about life for vulnerable young adults on the brink of homelessness seeking comfort and friendship in each other.
This book has completely changed my way of grasping the word 'home'...you will realise what 'home' is and where your real 'home' is by the end.
An Nabeshima, 17 yrs, from Japan.
Moving and powerful, Behind Closed Doors is a story of love, friendship and what home really means.
North Somerset Teachers' Book Award
A fast-paced gritty novel. Although dealing with some dark and mature material, Miriam Halahmy uses a delicate touch and explores these themes sensitively. Recommended as a perfect read for anyone.
Suffolk Libraries
Teenage voices that feel authentic and true. A timely and uplifting story.
Inis Reading Guide, 2018-19
I absolutely loved this book. A tantalising tale of young people fighting to survive in a harsh world. I HIGHLY recommend this read for both adults and teenagers - it's worth every page.
Maleeha Mir
I was gripped from start to finish. Sensitively written, deeply moving and utterly compelling.
TCA-LRC
Really well written. What I loved about this book is how much art imitates life - Tasha refuses to admit she's homeless. An uncomfortable read but a good one. Well worth it.
Kat Slater, REASREADS

HIDDEN, Troika Books.

Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal

Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week

Shortlisted :

Portsmouth Book Award

Essex Book Award

Nominated  :

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. 

Find out more here.

 

REVIEWS

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.

BookTrust

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.

The Bookette

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.

Nick Tucker

The pace of the narrative carries the reader through the messages about justice and integrity.

The Observer

A great story about a very real and current problem. It shows the reader precisely why refugees come here... because there is no alternative.

The Bookwitch.

 

I am represented by Anne Clark Literary Agency.

Holiday House, April 2019
Holiday House, April 2019

A great story for

8-11yr old children  from WW2.

Firefly Press, 2018.
Firefly Press, 2018.

Miriam Halahmy successfully uses a light touch with this dark material. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Anne Cassidy

This book has completely changed my way of grasping the word 'home'...you will realise what 'home' is and where your real 'home' is by the end.
An Nabeshima, 17 yrs, from Japan.
Holiday House, USA, 2017
Holiday House, USA, 2017

With Vice President, Mary Cash, Holiday House Books, New York. "Miriam's writing speaks directly and urgently to young people about subjects which matter to them and the world. We are delighted to welcome her to Holiday House.”

Troika Books, 2018
Troika Books, 2018

I enjoyed HIDDEN. I liked the way you use real racial comments, it gave the book a realistic real feel to it, instead of seeming like it was obviously made up. I would recommend it to my friends and I would read other books of yours because this one was different from anything that I have read in the past.

Conrad, Y8

The Emergency Zoo is amazing. It is really gripping and you can't be dragged away from it.  

Miriam Berry, 8 yrs.

I really enjoyed The Emergency Zoo. What made me happy was that rather than letting the parents take charge... Tilly and Rosy had the courage to  hide their pets away in their secret den. I think animals deserve to be safe and looked after like people.

I want to read HIDDEN now as you say it's about standing up for what you believe in.

Lola, 10 yrs.

This is truly a gem of a book. I had to sneak it off my daughter's bedside table and couldn't put it down until I'd finished it.

Jane Yates, Teacher.

Holiday House, USA. 2016
Holiday House, USA. 2016

Miriam's books get better and better - there's never a moment when you're bored.

Aisling Copeland, 14.

After hearing Miriam talk today I feel that I want to try writing.

Phoebe Ridgeway, 14

I love the twists in your books, the way I can't predict what Lindy or anyone else is going to do next.

Y8 pupil, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School.