The Emergency Zoo, May 2016, 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.
The Emergency Zoo is 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
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.
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