HIDDEN, ILLEGAL and STUFFED are published by Albury Books.

They are also available on Amazon.

Nominated 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


There is so much hidden in this little hut and whatever I've dived into here is only going to get more complicated.


Alix, 14, lives on quiet Hayling Island. One cold, misty Saturday morning on the beach she and her friend, Samir, find themselves saving a drowning asylum seeker. Faced with the most difficult decision of their lives, what should Samir and Alix do?

Gripping...written with clarity and immediacy...a book to counter bigotry.

Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

Tautly written throughout, this fine novel deserves the widest audience.

Nick Tucker, reviewer and broadcaster

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

The Observer

Hidden is a terrific story. Miriam has managed that rare thing; a serious story told with a comic and emotional touch.

Anne Cassidy



If Jemma had lived, none of this would have happened. I'd have been too busy to get dragged into this filthy, illegal business...


Since Lindy's baby sister died, her family have been caught in a downward spiral. Her brothers are in prison and her parents have given up. Soon Lindy is out of her depth too, caught in the centre of an international drugs ring with no way out. Then Lindy finds help from an unexpected ally: weird, mute Karl from school. Together they plan a daring and desperate escape. But when you're in this deep, can you ever be free?



Excellent! Beautifully written and a really strong and gripping story.

Wendy Cooling MBE, co-founder of Bookstart

Miriam Halahmy has pulled off a difficult trick - a second novel as good as her first. I read it in one gulp, unable to stop.

Mary Hoffman

Subtly handled...This is a gritty, no holds barred, nail biting young adult story.

Irish Times




I didn't know that my life was going to fall through the floor for the second time before my 16th birthday.


Jess is 15, Ryan is 17 and they are falling in love... but each is keeping a terrible secret from the other, threatening to destroy their bond. On a weekend away rock climbing they move closer than ever, until a terrifying incident drives a new wedge between them.

Can Jess save her family from Dad's mistakes, and will Ryan resolve his own mess from the past? If not, their love is doomed to failure.



This is good stuff...I was totally caught up and I didn't cringe once, the way you sometimes do over books about teen romances and teen problems.

The Bookwitch

Miriam binds contemporary issues into gripping narratives of friendship and self-discovery like no-one else.

Jo Franklin, author

Magic wands do not exist in Miriam's writing and her characters have to make tough choices, so we suffer alongside her protagonists as they anticipate their imperfect but realistic future.

Bridget Carrington, IBBY.

I am represented by Anne Clark Literary Agency.

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.