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

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

Yasmin's Journey, September 2016, Ransom Books.

 

Yasmin, 15 yrs, lives with her parents and six year old brother Ali in a small town in Syria. The country is at war, and after her father is injured in a bomb blast Yasmin is forced to leave Syria with Ali to find a new life for them both. Her difficult journey takes her through the refugee camps of Turkey, into Greece and ultimately to western Europe. In the face of many terrors and terrible dangers, Yasmin strikes up a romantic friendship with 16 year old Kamal. Can they find peace and safety together?

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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.