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.
Hidden is a terrific story. Miriam has managed that rare thing; a serious story told with a comic and emotional touch.
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.
Subtly handled...This is a gritty, no holds barred, nail biting young adult story.
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.
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.