Behind Closed Doors
Holiday House, March 2017 ( USA)
Behind Closed Doors Mary Cash, editor-in-chief at Holiday House writes, "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.”
Josie has a secret: her mother is a hoarder. Tasha has a secret, too: her mother s new boyfriend keeps trying to sneak into her room and seduce her. The two 16-year-olds don t get along at school, but one night Tasha bolts from her dangerous home and finds herself at Josie s door. Josie s mother is in jail for debt, and the girls are alone in the cramped, crowded, bursting home. Slowly, they begin to talk about the challenges they face, a process of sharing that lessens their shame, guilt and fear. With each other s support, they may even find a way to save themselves from their parents demons. Behind Closed Doors is an unflinching examination of the stigmas surrounding mental illness, abuse and poverty, and an affirming portrayal of the power of female friendships and the power of honesty to heal.
This book explores the complicated relationships between two teen girls and their families... A strong choice for realistic fiction shelves.
School Library Journal
A compelling read for the high stakes and heavy topics it addresses...will stay with the readers long after they finish the last page.
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