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Moon at Nine

by Deborah Ellis

tagged: middle east, self-esteem & self-reliance, homosexuality
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list price: $19.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook Paperback
published: Apr 2014
pages: 224
ISBN:9781927485576
publisher: Pajama Press Inc.
Description

 

Based on interviews with a young woman forced to flee Iran because of her sexual orientation, Moon at Nine is a tense and riveting novel that shines a light on an issue of social injustice that continues to this day.

Fifteen-year-old Farrin has grown up with secrets: ten years after the overthrow of the Shah, her aristocratic mother is still working against Iran's conservative revolutionary government. But when Farrin befriends Sadira, the intriguing and outgoing new student at her school for gifted girls, her own new secret is even more dangerous. Because the girls discover their relationship is more than just a friendship—and in Iran, being gay is punishable by death.

 

About the Author

Deborah Ellis

DEBORAH ELLIS is the author of the international bestseller The Breadwinner, which has been published in twenty-five languages. She has won the Governor General’s Award, the Middle East Book Award, the Peter Pan Prize, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award. A recipient of the Order of Canada, Deborah has donated more than $2 million in royalties to organizations such as Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, Mental Health Without Borders, the UNHCR and the Children in Crisis fund of IBBY. She lives in Simcoe, Ontario.

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Age:
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Grade:
8 to 12
Awards
  • Short-listed, BC Teen Readers’ Choice Stellar Award
  • Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award nominee
  • Short-listed, SYRCA Snow Willow Award
  • Commended, Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice
  • Commended, Bank Street Best Book selection
  • Commended, Amelia Bloomer Project List selection
  • Short-listed, Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • Commended, OLA Best Bet selection
  • Commended, Quill & Quire Book of the Year
Editorial Review

Praise for Moon at Nine

2015 Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award nominee

2015 Amelia Bloomer Project List selection

2015 Bank Street Best Book selection

2015 Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice

2015 Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award shortlist

2015–2016 BC Teen Readers' Choice Stellar Award nominee

2015 SYRCA Snow Willow Award nominee

2016 MYRCA nominee

2014 Quill & Quire Book of the Year selection

2014 OLA Best Bet selection

2014 Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

STARRED REVIEW "Moon at Nine is a riveting tale of young girls being true to themselves and their love, set against a political and cultural backdrop few readers will have first-hand knowledge of. Ellis once again proves she is a master storyteller. Readers will remember Farrin and Sadira long after the final page has been read".—Quill & Quire Starred Review by Ken Setteringon, author of the Stonewall Honor Book Branded by the Pink Triangle

"Ellis skillfully introduces readers to the social and political backdrop, showing in troubling detail how fear, suspicion, and historical animosities fragment Farrin's world and limit her freedom....Secondary characters provide fascinating windows into other perspectives and call attention to Iran's heterogeneity, creating a multidimensional portrait of corruption and cruelty, resistance and compassion."—The Horn Book Magazine

"Sparse and eloquently-written, this short historical novel is both beautiful and heartbreaking."—School Library Journal

"A firm grounding in Iranian history, along with the insight and empathy Ellis brings to the pain of those whose love is decreed to be immoral and unnatural, make this a smart, heartbreaking [novel.]"—Publishers Weekly

"[I]narguably powerful...A book study guide is included and will help encourage much needed discussion."—Booklist

"[T]he portrait painted of 1980s Iran's political climate—and in particular the situation of gay and lesbian people and political prisoners—is haunting."—Kirkus Reviews

"In this riveting love story based on true events, Deborah Ellis transports readers to Iran in 1988 just nine years after the Islamic Revolution...Readers will find this powerful book both compelling and chilling."—Dragon Lode International Books

"As more and more states strike down anti-gay marriage laws, Moon at Nine is a chilling reminder of the suffering of too many others...its importance is hard to deny."—BookDragon, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

"Deborah Ellis manages to avoid stepping on cultural taboos through rigorous research and editing, and her story hits on universal themes such as family secrets, friendships, relationships and coming-of-age...more than simply an LGTBQ novel or historical fiction...a multi-faceted hybrid that can be enjoyed by both teens and adults...It is powerfully grounded in the setting of Tehran, and depicts the beauty of falling in love and the cruelty and coldness of power in the hands of outside forces."—Ottawa Review of Books

"Basing her book on a true story, Ellis has written a heartbreaking tale of prejudice and injustice...Highly Recommended."—CM Magazine

"[A] deftly crafted work of fiction...An extraordinary and original novel..."—Midwest Book Review

"Moon at Nine is a tense and riveting YA novel."—The International Educator