Moon at Nine

Category: Book
By (author): Ellis, Deborah
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Homosexuality
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Audience: young adult
Awards: Quill & Quire Book of the Year (2014) Short-listed
OLA Best Bet (2014)
Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award (2015) Short-listed
Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection (2014)
Amelia Bloomer Project selection (2015)
Publisher: Pajama Press Inc.
Published: April 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 8.50in x 5.60in x 0.60in
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From The Publisher*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.
From The Publisher*In 1988 Tehran, teenaged girls Farrin and Sadira are sentenced to death for homosexuality. Farrin prays that her wealthy family will be able to save them before it is too late. Based on a true story.
Review Quote*a deftly crafted work of fiction...An extraordinary and original novel
Review Quote*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. Review by Ken Setteringon, author of the Stonewall Honor Book Branded by the Pink Triangle.
Review Quote*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.
Review Quote*Sparse and eloquently-written, this short historical novel is both beautiful and heartbreaking.
Review Quote*This is a thought-provoking story inviting readers to ponder the interplay of cultural, moral, and sexual issues in different countries around the globe.
Review Quote*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.]
Review Quote*[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.
Review Quote*. . . inarguably powerful . . . .A book study guide is included and will help encourage much needed discussion.