Saving Hanno, Holiday House Books, USA.

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 Books Inc, USA


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



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Bank Street College of Education

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



 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. 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.


The Emergency Zoo : Alma Books

The Emergency Zoo : Alma Books.


It is late August 1939: Britain is on the brink of war, and preparations are under way to evacuate London’s children to the countryside. When twelve-year-old Tilly and her best friend Rosy find out that they will not be able to take their beloved dog and cat with them – and that, even worse, their pets will, along with countless other animals, be taken to the vet to be put down – they decide to take action. The two girls come up with the idea of hiding them in a derelict hut in the woods and, when other children find out and start bringing their rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters, their secret den turns into an emergency zoo.


Inspired by real events during the Second World War, Miriam Halahmy’s novel is a touching tale of courage, resourcefulness and camaraderie in desperate times, as well as a stirring defence of animal welfare.


A tautly written and compelling novel. Presents complex ideas accessibly and should appeal to adults as well as children.

The Lady Magazine

It's a story that needed to be told; what happened to animals before and during the war is glossed over. By telling the story in such a compassionate manner, from the viewpoint of children, the author has enlightened us and given us a new understanding.

Parents in Touch

This simple story has considerable depth...this is a tremendous book for a gentle exploration of one small facet of WW2

Minerva Reads

A classic den-in-the-woods adventure and a subtle fable about asylum seekers.

Angela Kilverstein. JC

This is a sympathetic and moving story of a side of war that doesn't receive much attention and fills a gap in children's war literature.

Childtastic Books

I rate it as a 5*, jaw dropping book. Animal lovers will love this book.

Lily, 9 years

Echoes of Morris Gleitzman and Michael Morpurgo - Miriam Halahmy has written a remarkable book.

Anne Booth, author of Girl with a White Dog

This book is sure to be enjoyed by animal lovers, history enthusiasts and fans of children outwitting the grown ups.

Library Girl and Book Boy



GIVE ME SHELTER (Francis Lincoln 2007, edited by Tony Bradman.)

Stories about children who seek asylum

Shortlisted for the UKLA award 2008.


Samir Hakkim’s Healthy Eating Diary’by Miriam Halahmy

How do you explain life in Baghdad to your classmates in an English primary school? It is 2002 and Samir’s family have all been arrested by Saddam Hussein, so his uncle has smuggled him out of Iraq to save his life. All alone in England with no friends or family, ten year old Samir writes a diary to try and understand his new life.



UNDER THE WEATHER ( Francis Lincoln, 2009, edited by Tony Bradman.)

Stories about climate change


Tommo and the Bike Train  by Miriam Halahmy

Timely and hugely relevant ....this collection also shows that there is hope as children take action to make changes.

Julia Eccleshare, review on Lovereading4kids