HIDDEN, Troika Books, longlisted for The Carnegie Medal, adapted for the stage.

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

Junior Library Guild choice :  USA


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 was published by Troika Books to tie in with the stage adaptation of the novel.The play toured Autumn 2018. 

Find out more here.



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.

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.