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Characters in Sapphire the Great and the Meaning of Life are “engaging, honest, and real…” says HW Book Reviews

December 1st, 2018

HW Book Reviews “The story is told through short alternating chapters between Jeannie and Sapphire the Great (her hamster). We join Jeannie, Alistair (her brother), and their mother three weeks after Christmas and two weeks after their father left, Harvey, left the house. Everyone is dealing with the separation in different ways. Jeannie yells everything, […]

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Moon at Nine is a tense and riveting YA novel” says The International Educator

November 14th, 2018

The International Educator “…Moon at Nine is a tense and riveting YA novel. 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 new student at her school, her own secret is even […]

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Moon at Nine is rated as “excellent” by Youth Services Book Review

March 6th, 2017

“Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5… What did you like about the book? Farrin goes to a school for gifted girls, and when Sadira begins attending her school, the two fall in love. Amid all of the political upheaval in her country, Farrin is caught kissing Sadira and the two are punished. Farrin […]

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Moon at Nine is a Reviewer’s Choice for Midwest Book Review

January 9th, 2017

“Based on interviews with a young woman who had to flee Iran due to her sexual orientation, Moon at Nine is a unique story on many levels…Any reader who wants to understand Iranian history through the experiences of young people who themselves are changing will find Moon at Nine a riveting, different read that rests […]

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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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Moon at Nine is “haunting”—Kirkus Reviews

February 26th, 2014

“In a novel based on a true story, two teen girls fall in love and face harsh political fallout in post-revolution Iran. Readers learn the basics of 1980s Iran’s political situation from context and light exposition. Farrin’s family is wealthy, and her mother hosts Bring Back the Shah teas and parties with illicit alcohol. Farrin’s […]

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