5 thoughts on “Hidden (Hayling Cycle, #1)

  1. Review by Beth

    This book can be accessed at many levels and I think it’s brilliant for introducing extremely complex and difficult issues in a way anybody can access from racism to more complex immigration and asylum issues. Halahmy confronts some serious stuff in a really great way.

    Halahmy presents us with a really naïve but equally unbiased view of Mohammed, who could easily be prejudiced against. In Alix, we have a narrator who despite prejudices which, she acknowledges and tries to overcome

  2. When I scanned the reviews of this book, I was utterly shocked. How on Earth could anyone LIKE this piece of… from the loo? How can NO ONE see how bad this book is? Or am I the only one who has eyes and a brain accustomed to quality books?

    This book is so bad that I reread it. You’re probably thinking “Does she mean horribly good? Why would you reread it if it is so bad?”

    I reread it with a pencil, to make notes what utter BS that the publisher decided to tarnish their name with. I correected pu

  3. Before talking about the book itself, I have to mention the cover. It is utterly gorgeous and probably one of the main reasons I decided to actually read this book. I just find it so magical to look at. I must also point out that it states in the author’s biography, that she is married to a real Italian knight!

    As you might have already realised this book is a ‘Regency style re imagining of the story of Cinderella’. It follows the story extremely loosely but is cleverly told none the less. This

  4. Hidden is a touching and contemporary story about immigration, human rights and the courage to stand up for what you believe in.

    Alix is in Year 10 and she lives on Hayling Island. Things are home are becomingly increasingly challenging – her father left, her grandfather passed away and her mother has broken her leg – Alix is finding the responsibility of keeping things together weighing down on her.

    One of the themes of this novel is appearances. Or rather the impulse to judge people on appeara

  5. Also reviewed on the blog: http://gloriousbooks.blogspot.com/201

    Just like We Can Be Heroes, Hidden was a novel all about racism and how to deal with it as it is no doubt a big issue in society. It focuses on illegal immigrants especially from Iraq and whether they should be allowed refugee status and the right to live in this country rather than be deported.

    Again just like We Can Be Heroes, Hidden deals with these issues with using really young protagonists who almost have to decide whether t

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