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Moon at Nine Hardcover – 1 Apr 2014

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pajama Press (1 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781927485576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1927485576
  • ASIN: 1927485576
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.2 x 22.1 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
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"Powerfully depicts lives pulled apart by outside forces and the warmth of falling in love. 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 pairing with Sara Farizan s recent If You Could Be Mine." (Publishers Weekly 2014-02-14)<br \><br \> [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 2014-03-15)<br \><br \> Basing her book on a true story, Ellis has written a heartbreaking tale of prejudice and injustice...Highly Recommended." (CM Magazine 2014-03-07)<br \><br \>"Captivating, informative, relevant and exquisite...What a stellar story, so beautifully written. I can hardly wait to feature it in my Indigo/Yorkdale department and recommend it to my teacher/parent/student clients." (Wendy Mason, Bookseller, Chapters-Indigo 2014-02-01)<br \><br \> Deborah Ellis is [an] accomplished author of social justice stories for young people, and Moon at Nine can be added to that auspicious collection...Ellis thoughtfully embeds a sliver of chaste love into [a] dispiriting world and, without contriving an unrealistic happy ending, offers a glimmer of possibility. (Helen Kubiw, Co-Chair Of The Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading Awards 2014-02-01)<br \><br \>"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 2014-04-01)<br \><br \> Sparse and eloquently-written, this short historical novel is both beautiful and heartbreaking...Give this to fans of Khaled Hosseini s A Thousand Splendid Suns (Riverhead, 2007) or Latifa s My Forbidden Face (Miramax, 2003)." (School Library Journal 2014-05-01)<br \><br \>"Inarguably powerful... A book study guide is included and will help encourage much needed discussion. (Booklist 2014-04-15)<br \><br \> 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 2014-07-01)<br \><br \> A thought-provoking story inviting readers to ponder the interplay of cultural, moral, and sexual issues in different countries around the globe. (Reading Today Online 2014-06-30) --Publishers Weekly

"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 2014-06-01) --International Reading Association

"Provides insight into the oppressive lifestyle Farrin experiences every day...An 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 re- search, but also fills a large gap in cultural LGBTQ literature." (Resource Links 2014-10-01) --Resource Links

About the Author

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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4.0 out of 5 stars A tear-jerker focusing on LGBT rights in 1980's Iran.
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