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YA novel on teenage homelessness and power of friendship for 2018


Firefly has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to YA novel Behind Closed Doors by Miriam Halahmy, from the Anne Clark Literary Agency. Publishing in June 2018 this is a moving and heartfelt novel about the precarious nature of home life for teens teetering on the edge of homelessness, and the relationships that can bring them back from the brink.

Fifteen-year-olds, Tasha and Josie, are near-neighbours but not friends. Neither knows the stresses of the other’s life. But when their families let them down they find themselves unlikely allies in a battle against homelessness. Behind Closed Doors examines what it means to be loved and how to find meaning in life when there is no love at home.

Miriam Halahmy has published novels, short stories and poetry for adults and young people. Hidden (2011) was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and was chosen as Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week. Other books include Illegal, Stuffed and The Emergency Zoo.

Miriam said: 'I'm enormously excited to be publishing with Firefly. My books are realistic stories and my characters are ordinary people faced with dilemmas who have to dig deep to find the hero inside themselves. I like writing about secrets that cannot be revealed until the problem is solved. Ultimately, I write because I have something to say.'

Firefly Publisher, Penny Thomas, said: ‘We're delighted to sign such a talented and accomplished author as Miriam Halahmy. Behind Closed Doors is a sensitive and involving novel with characters readers can love and identify with. We're proud to be publishing this title in 2018 on our growing YA list.’

Firefly publishes quality fiction for five to 19 year olds and is publishing a second YA title from Rhian Ivory, Hope, in September 2017, alongside MG adventure The Jewelled Jaguar from Sharon Tregenza and Thimble Holiday Havoc, a sequel to the Lollies nominated Thimble Monkey Superstar, by Jon Blake and Martin Chatterton in November.