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published: April 2014
ISBN:9781927485576
publisher: Pajama Press Inc.

Moon at Nine

by Deborah Ellis

reviews: 3
4.5 of 5
3 ratings
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list price: $19.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook Paperback
published: April 2014
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

Known around the world for her Breadwinner series, author and humanitarian Deborah Ellis has written nearly thirty books for children and young people, most of which explore themes of courage and social justice. Deborah's many awards include the Governor General's Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award, the American Library Association's Notable List, and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Deborah lives in Simcoe, Ontario.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
13 to 19
Grade:
8 to 12
Reading age:
12 to 19
Awards
  • Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award nominee
  • Short-listed, BC Teen Readers’ Choice Stellar Award
  • Short-listed, Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award
  • Commended, Bank Street Best Book selection
  • Commended, Amelia Bloomer Project List selection
  • Commended, Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice
  • Short-listed, SYRCA Snow Willow Award
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • Commended, Quill & Quire Book of the Year
  • Commended, OLA Best Bet selection
Editorial Review

About 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

"[A]n accessible text which can be enjoyed by a variety of readers due to its simple writing style. The author's note describing the history of Iran is especially useful to those unfamiliar with this history and the subject matter of the novel is one that not only encourages individual research, but also fills a large gap in cultural LGBTQ literature."—Resource Links

"This is a thought-provoking story inviting readers to ponder the interplay of cultural, moral, and sexual issues in different countries around the globe."—International Reading Association, Reading Today Online

"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

"Moon at Nine is the romantic adventure tale longed for by queer teenagers prowling the school library for stories that more closely resemble their own."—Plenitude Magazine

"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

"True to form, Deborah Ellis has crafted a stark, riveting and uncompromising account of life in a country and era that is markedly different from our own...Its heartbreaking and unflinching honestly will both engage readers and create heightened awareness."—Canadian Children's Book News

"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

"A story that illuminates, astounds and perhaps will grow empathy for other cultures and sexualities."—49th Shelf

"Moon at Nine is quite frankly one of the most powerful love stories I have ever read...With a backdrop of an almost post-war Iran, Farrin and Sadira are vibrant and inspiring characters consciously deciding to live in the moment by clinging to each other in the face of great opposition. Ellis' writing is passionate and informative, creating a realistic and frightening picture of Iran's reaction to homosexuality."—Amy's Marathon of Books

"Ten years have passed since the Shah was overthrown in Iran, and Farrin, 15, struggles against the oppressive rule of politics, teachers, and her family's anti-revolutionary secrets. But her budding clandestine romance with Sadira threatens her security most of all; homosexuality is punishable by death. This novel for teens at their formative age exposes the persecution gay lovers face worldwide today."—Skipping Stones Magazine

"Multi award-winning author Deborah Ellis excels in creating stories of determination in the face of adversity and social injustice. Here, she presents us with a sensitive and passionate tale based on the true life experiences...Beautifully told..."—Quick Brown Fox

"Heart-stirring, believable, and ultimately heartbreaking, this is a must-read."—Youth Services Book Review

 

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Powerful.

Living in Canada, watching the news and having the internet, I've seen how females are treated in other countries. Iran is one of those countries, at least some years ago, I would have been afraid to have been a female there. The freedom I have being a woman here is entirely different. This book showed me that, even before the LGBT came into it. That made it a whole other can of worms.
I can't believe how bad people are treated in this book. Hung for the most ridiculous reasons. I just couldn't fathom having to live in that world. But I do, did and will, just not there.
This book is an emotional read. That's what gives it power. You feel everything that Sadira and Farrin go through. Almost too much.
Definitely give this one a read.

4.5/5

Gripping.

In this third person rendition, Deborah Ellis creates characters that aren't all loveable Ann of Green Gable types. Farrin is a defiant perhaps selfish teen with a razor sharp mind who hates her mom. Besides writing stories, she has no goals until she meets Sadira, a kind and smart girl who comes to the aid of all. A friendship flames up and turns into love. Then counter to every warning, the pair plot to be together. Having vexed the detested school prefix, Farrin attracts vengeance and the most severe consequence. Can she save herself? More importantly can she save Sadira? A story that illuminates, astounds and perhaps will grow empathy for other cultures and sexualities.

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Librarian review

Moon at Nine

Moon at Nine is based on real-life events. The book will help students understand homophobia, and the importance of human rights. When two teenage girls from Iran meet and form a deep friendship, they know that they are at danger of being arrested by the religious police and executed for being homosexual. The central themes of this powerful story are staying true to oneself, and finding hope in the face of impossible odds under a repressive regime.

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Diversity Collection Selection 2017.

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