Miriam Halahmy

Ages: 11-14

The complex issues of immigration and human-rights laws, through the eyes of a 14 year old girl Alix. 

Fourteen year old Alix lives at the bottom of Hayling Island near the beach. It is a quiet backwater, far removed from world events such as war, terror and refugees. Alix has never even given a thought to asylum seekers, she has enough problems of her own: Dad has a new life that doesn't include her, Grandpa is dead and Mum is helpless and needy. Then one day on the beach Alix and Samir pull a drowning man out of the incoming tide: Mohammed, an illegal immigrant and a student. Mohammed has been tortured by rebels in Iraq for helping the allied forces and has spent all his money to escape. Alone, helpless, and desperate not to be deported, Mohammed's destiny lies in Alix's hands. However, hiding an injured immigrant is fraught with difficulties. Faced with the biggest moral dilemma of her life, what will Alix do, and who can she trust?

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Miriam Halahmy

Miriam Halahmy writes for children, teens and adults. Her three Y.A. books, Hidden, Illegal and Stuffed are all set on Hayling Island, off the south coast of England and involve motor bikes, motor...
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