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49th Shelf features Moon at Nine in their August newsletter

August 5th, 2014

“In this third person rendition, Deborah Ellis creates characters that aren’t all loveable Ann[e] 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 […]

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Canadian Children’s Book News reviews “riveting” Moon at Nine

July 23rd, 2014

“Growing up in Tehran in the 1980s, Farrin’s entire life has always been filled with secrets. As secret supporters of the Shah who was overthrown by the Revolutionary Guard in 1979, Farrin’s parents’ illegal activities in support of the Shah could land them all in serious trouble. Her mother has always warned her not to […]

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International Reading Association features Moon at Nine on Tales from Around the World

July 3rd, 2014

“…Adapted from a true story, this novel takes readers into intimate lives of same-sex relationships in a country which still enforces traditional and religious beliefs. While many places around the world are promoting gay rights and the legalization of same-sex marriage, there are still many places considering homosexuality an unspoken issue. This is a thought-provoking […]

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Simcoe Reformer discusses Moon at Nine with Deborah Ellis

July 3rd, 2014

“While the book covers a nationality and subject matter she hasn’t covered yet, it does have many of the same themes. “I write about courage and how people find it,” said Ellis. Ellis’ work often explores social justice and human rights. She noted the issues explored in Moon at Nine will resonate with people in […]

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Moon at Nine is an important story” – More than Just Magic

July 2nd, 2014

“Moon at Nine is the touching story of two people trying to find love in a dangerous place…Their story is beautiful and their love for one another intense…Moon at Nine is an important story. Diverse books like this are important because they educate us about other cultures and they’re an opportunity for people to share […]

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Horn Book reviews Moon at Nine

June 12th, 2014

“In 1988 Iran, wealthy fifteen-year-old Farrin avoids anything that could draw attention to her family; she knows her mother’s anti-Ayatollah political gatherings could bring trouble. However, Farrin’s burgeoning friendship and then romance with new girl Sadira leads her to become more inquisitive and involved in the world around her, and eventually leads to the couple’s […]

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Moon at Nine is “beautiful and heartbreaking”—School Library Journal

May 1st, 2014

“The daughter of wealthy Iranian parents, 15-year old Farrin earns top scores at a prestigious school in 1988 Tehran. Her parents remain loyal to the ousted Shah, so Farrin knows the importance of keep morphs into a romantic relationship, for which both girls could face death. Set during the reign of Ayatollah Khomeini, Moon At Nine is […]

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“Its importance is hard to deny.”—Smithsonian BookDragon on Moon at Nine

April 21st, 2014

“In her ending “Author’s Note,” mega award-winning Canadian author Deborah Ellis…who has built a renowned international reputation for giving voice to children in the most challenging circumstances around the world—explains how her latest novel is true…Adding a succinct historical overview of Iran’s history, Ellis is careful to balance details of Ayatollah Khomeini’s destructive regime with […]

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Moon at Nine is “sensitive and passionate”—Quick Brown Fox

April 18th, 2014

“…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 of a young woman in Iran, where execution is the accepted form of punishment for gays or lesbians. This is […]

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