Moon at Nine

Moon at Nine Fifteen year old Farrin has many secrets Although she goes to a school for gifted girls in Tehran as the daughter of an aristocratic mother and wealthy father Farrin must keep a low profile It is

  • Title: Moon at Nine
  • Author: Deborah Ellis
  • ISBN: 9781927485576
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fifteen year old Farrin has many secrets Although she goes to a school for gifted girls in Tehran, as the daughter of an aristocratic mother and wealthy father, Farrin must keep a low profile It is 1988 ever since the Shah was overthrown, the deeply conservative and religious government controls every facet of life in Iran If the Revolutionary Guard finds out about herFifteen year old Farrin has many secrets Although she goes to a school for gifted girls in Tehran, as the daughter of an aristocratic mother and wealthy father, Farrin must keep a low profile It is 1988 ever since the Shah was overthrown, the deeply conservative and religious government controls every facet of life in Iran If the Revolutionary Guard finds out about her mother s Bring Back the Shah activities, her family could be thrown in jail, or worse.The day she meets Sadira, Farrin s life changes forever Sadira is funny, wise, and outgoing the two girls become inseparable But as their friendship deepens into romance, the relationship takes a dangerous turn It is against the law to be gay in Iran the punishment is death Despite their efforts to keep their love secret, the girls are discovered and arrested Separated from Sadira, Farrin can only pray as she awaits execution Will her family find a way to save them both Based on real life events, multi award winning author Deborah Ellis s new book is a tense and riveting story about a world where homosexuality is considered so abhorrent that it is punishable by death.

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    1. Deborah Ellis

      Deborah Ellis has achieved international acclaim with her courageous and dramatic books that give Western readers a glimpse into the plight of children in developing countries She has won the Governor General s Award, Sweden s Peter Pan Prize, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the University of California s Middle East Book Award, the Jane Addams Children s Book Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award A long time feminist and anti war activist, she is best known for The Breadwinner Trilogy, which has been published around the world in seventeen languages, with than a million dollars in royalties donated to Street Kids International and to Women for Women, an organization that supports health and education projects in Afghanistan In 2006, Deb was named to the Order of Ontario.

    787 thoughts on “Moon at Nine”

    1. I hate this book. I hate it for its reality, for its truthfulness, for its potency. I hate it because it's a true story. I hate it because it's happening right now. I hate it because I can see parts of myself in Sadira and in Farrin. I hate it because it gave me hope and then killed it. I cried. I cried so hard. I hate it because it's so vivid, and so believable. I hate it for the characters who pretended to be friends and turned out being the foe. I hate it for painting a picture of a happy end [...]

    2. Opening line: "You're writing about demons." Principal Kobra's voice was hard and humourless.Set in Iran MOON AT NINE is a very quick read and gently approaches the subject of gay rights – in fact any rights – under a strict religious regime. Many teens in the western world take their rights for granted – scream their right to this, that or the other on electronic media, at school and in their homes. But there are millions of teens in the world that do not enjoy this freedom. Farrin is jus [...]

    3. Imagine that Annie on My Mind took place in Iran during the 1980s, and that instead of living unhappily ever after, the main characters face much worse fates due to the laws of the land. This is what awaits the reader of Moon at Nine. Farrin goes to a school for gifted girls, and when Sadira begins attending her school, Farrin realizes that she loves her. Amid all of the political upheaval in her country, she is caught kissing Sadira and the two are punished: they are to be kept separate and adv [...]

    4. Originally reviewed at Oh Magic Hour.Ever since I read The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson earlier this year, or actually maybe even as far back as when I read The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, I have been completely intrigued by literature set in the Middle East. It is somewhat difficult for me to write this post without getting treading around political topics, but as Atticus Finch once said, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view [...]

    5. Deborah Ellis‘ Roman “Wenn der Mond am Himmel steht, denk ich an dich” beruht auf einer wahren Begebenheit, was die gesamte Geschichte umso erschreckender, trauriger, unfassbarer macht – aber deshalb nicht minder lesenswerter…Farrin ist 15 Jahre alt und eigentlich zwei Gesichter. Ihr privates Ich, welches ihre wahren und persönlichen Gedanken und Gefühle zeigt; sowie das Gesicht, welches sie der Öffentlichkeit präsentieren muss. “Bloß nicht auffallen”, bekommt sie jeden Tag vo [...]

    6. As a work of fiction, the middle grade/YA novel "Moon at Nine" is a mess. There are structural problems in the storytelling, unexplained tangents that read as emotionless scenes, and jumps in the timeline that feel chaotic and arbitrary. The reader is also required to understand a *LOT* of historical context and cultural detail on their own -- which is fine for an adult reader. But had I been eleven, twelve, sixteen or even eighteen years old, much of this book would've gone over my head, and I [...]

    7. Ich habe dieses Buch in einem Rutsch durchgelesen - denn ich konnte einfach nicht aufhören. Es hat einen flüssigen Schreibstil, es hat den Großteil der Geschichte eine lockere, angenehme Stimmung und ist noch dazu nicht gerade dick. Perfekt für zwischendurch und perfekt, um zu zeigen, dass auch in einem Buch mit wenig Wörtern eine große Aussagekraft stecken kann.Die Geschichte von Farrin und Sadira basiert auf einer wahren Geschichte. Und genau das macht das Buch so aufreibend. Denn diese [...]

    8. I'm somewhat on the fence about this book. I liked it. I found it very enlightening about the situation girls faced in Iran in the 80s, that period after the Shah and the revolution, before Desert Storm. Girls are permitted to go to school but so much is yet forbidden: music, movies, etc, and they must only wear certain clothes. We meet a headstrong young teenager in a household of secrets and she has one of her own. She likes other girls, or at least thinks she does. I'll get to that.I really l [...]

    9. Honestly, I expected Moon at Nine to be a dramatic and politically-charged version of the formulaic YA lesbian romance that I’m so familiar with. And to a degree it is. Fifteen year old Farrin, who is growing up in 1980s Iran, meets the beautiful Sadira and falls in love. The girls start a sweet relationship, which is jeopardized when it is discovered.But because Farrin and Sadira live in 1980s Iran, the consequences of their love are very dire. Moon at Nine goes far beyond the standard formul [...]

    10. I think Ellis has tackled a tough topic here - same sex relationships in Iran - with real integrity, grace and passion - it is a powerful novel that I think offers no easy answers in terms of dealing with prejudice aimed at GLTBQ people in so many countries around the world - at first I wondered why Ellis had chosen to set the novel in 1988 but it makes sense - Iran's appalling human rights record is nothing new - it's decades old and that's an issue that we have to grapple with - Ellis doesn't [...]

    11. Nothing I say will do justice to Moon at Nine. This emotionally powerful story will stay with you long after you finish. The fact that it is based off a true story is utterly heart wrenching. The fact that in some countries this still happens unbearable. Farrin comes from a wealthy family, a fact that keeps her ostracized from her fellow classmates, that desire to bring the Shah back into power. She is instructed by her mother to keep her nose down and not draw attention to herself. For the most [...]

    12. Brave. Though my experience of the first half read like a (Persian, homosexual) Sweet Valley High, I kept thinking tackling this subject matter was incredibly courageous.Pushing through simple text, overly dramatic short sentences that ended every chapter, and the somewhat sappy love story, I was rewarded with a plot-driven, emotionally engaging second half. I get the sense that the latter chapters are a fairly true re-telling of events as they unfolded for the real-life Farrin, and early chapte [...]

    13. I finally got to read this book after buying it at Chapters in the Spring but making the mistake of taking it into work where it consequently made the rounds before I got it back a couple of weeks ago. My co-workers who read it had nothing but awesome things to say about it.It's a good read and was kind of hard for me because I know the person whom the book is based on which is how I found about it. Knowing her and more of the story that it's based on gave me a different perspective on it. I hav [...]

    14. This book was an eye-opener. Set in Iran during the time of the Ayatollah Khomeini, the story is about two teenage girls who fall in love in a country where it's forbidden. According to the question-and-answer section at the back of the book, over 70 countries currently consider being gay or lesbian a crime. Hard to believe in the 21st century. While reading the story I wanted to reach inside and tell the girls to be less obvious about it, to be more careful, but their innocent belief that they [...]

    15. Moon at Nine is a beautifully written YA book about two young women in Iran who meet during high school and fall in love. It is a true story and will tug at your heart strings. I appreciated the fact that the author included an Author's Note at the end of the story with information about gay rights in Iran and around the world.Unfortunately for me, on the app, a certain reviewer's spoiler filled review was not hidden and the book was ruined for me shortly after I started it.

    16. That ending leaves me feeling suffocated with sadness. I do like Farrin and Sadira. And my heart breaks for them. Them and so many others who face violence and hatred just for being themselves. But I didn't connect to this story as emotionally as I would've liked to. Hence the 3 star rating.But still. This is a good book that should be read.

    17. Ich finde es immer schwer, Geschichten die auf wahren Gegebenheiten beruhen zu bewerten, da man beispielsweise nicht sagen kann es war nicht spannend genug, denn natürlich war es grausam am Ende und man möchte ja nicht über die Geschichte eines anderen urteilen. Trotzdem behandle ich die Geschichte in einigen Punkten so als wäre sie erfunden, damit ich sie neutral bewerten kann.Ich hätte gerne mehr über den Iran erfahren und das alltägliche Leben. Ich weiß nichts über die Menschen dort [...]

    18. Short but powerful this is the story of two Iranian girks: Farrin and Sadira, who form a friendship which blooms secretly into love in a land filled with secrets and war and revolution and torture for "deviancy against God". Mostly it reads more as a Middle grade book and often Farrin is not a likeable character but she's very real feeling and the struggles of her and the girls and women of Iran comes through. I just wish it was longer as there was so much more to say; I would have loved more to [...]

    19. I would like to thank The Cover Contessa, author Deborah Ellis, NetGalley, and Pajama Press for the opportunity to read this e-book. While I received my copy of the e-book for free, that in no way influences the content of my review.Fifteen-year-old Farrin has many secrets. Although she goes to a school for gifted girls in Tehran, as the daughter of an aristocratic mother and wealthy father, Farrin must keep a low profile. It is 1988; ever since the Shah was overthrown, the deeply conservative a [...]

    20. Interessante Geschichte über Homosexualität im Iran. Mit ein bisschen mehr Hintergrundwissen wäre sie sicher noch besser zu verstehen gewesen.

    21. This review originally posted at More Than Just MagicMoon at Nine is the touching story of two people trying to find love in a dangerous place (I can’t help but think of that Barenaked Ladies’ song “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” while writing this review). To be specific that time is 1988 Iran. Farrin is a silent observer of the turmoil that is erupting all over her country. She comes from a wealthy family and they live in fear of the newly instated religious government. Though her parents [...]

    22. More reviews at Mrs. ReaderPantsVIEW: I was very young when the Iranian Revolution occurred and knew little of Ayatollah Khomeini and his Revolutionary Guard (IRGC). I do remember brief bits of news coverage of Ayatollah, and I'll never forget my mom's bright yellow t-shirt that read "Ayatollah is an Assahola." (Who knew my sweet Mama was so political?!) While I've read a few books about women's rights under the Taliban, this is the first one I've read about civil rights violations in Iran. It t [...]

    23. OH MAN, I got this book given to me at a "You Need Diverse Books" event at ALA Midwinter, and I was so excited! I remember thinking how nice it would be to read a book about girls falling in love and the moon.I was wrong, because this book kills off one of the girls (Sadira, spoiler, although this whole review is a spoiler) and marries the other one off, and everything is bleak. It's not that life in Iran after the revolution wasn't bleak in general, (it was! revolutions are miserable, especiall [...]

    24. I feel bad for not liking Moon at Nine as much as I wish I could have, because honestly, part of it isn't even the book's fault. I knew going in it was going to be a book about Tragic Gays, but there was still a slight glimmer of hope from this queer girl that maybe it would end happily. I won't spoil it past that. Like I said, it's not the book's fault I'm really sick of the Tragic Gays trope, or the fact that publishers only seem to find value in books about gay kids that are all about how sad [...]

    25. Book Publication date: April 1, 2014Moon at Nine is a poignant and powerful story about a bookish, strong-willed fifteen year old girl named Farrin who falls in love with Sadira, a new girl at school who understands Farrin better than her distant peers at school or her self-involved parents. Unfortunately, they are living in 1988 Iran where being gay is against the law and punishable by death.Farrin and Sadira’s budding romance is sweet and lovely, and their situation absolutely heart-rending, [...]

    26. The fact that this story is based on real events sends shivers down my spine. While my own country is by no means completely open to LGBTQ people, a world where being gay is a crime, and one punishable by death, is foreign to me. I was afraid Moon at Nine would rely on stereotypes in depicting Iran and its people, but it offered a well-researched view of Iranian culture, and the majority of its characters were multi-faceted and interesting.The storyline moves fairly quickly and doesn't drag, but [...]

    27. Okay, I get that this book is based on a true story but I really can't accept the ending. In no way is it appropriate to give this book to teenage LGBTQ readers with the knowledge that one of the girls is forced into a marriage with a man in order to gain her freedom and the other is hanged for being gay. I don't care if it's realistic, it's still not the kind of story I want to be giving to LGBTQ teens. We need more messages of hope and happy endings--I think enough LGBTQ people have sadness in [...]

    28. Set in Iran in 1988 this is a well told story of 15- year-old schoolgirl, Farrin and the girl she loves. There is narrative flow here even though the prose doesn't fly, but Ellis is a master storyteller of true or realistic stories, and Moon at Night is based on a true story. I think the saddest part of this story is the attitude of Farrin's parents when she was accused of being 'deviant'. The ending is like a revenge; it caught me by surprise. This is a worthwhile addition to YA lit showing the [...]

    29. Well meaning, as all of Ellis's books. I have written elsewhere (a chapter in Postcolonial Theory in the Global Age, edited by Om Prakash Dwivedi and Martin Kick) about Ellis's work and I will not repeat here. Suffice to say that the prose in this book is pedestrian and the characters clearly differentiated on the good/bad scale. Ellis is not a particularly nuanced writer. However, the story of Farrin and Sadira manages to be both an adventure and compellingly emotional. This is not a great book [...]

    30. Set in Iran in 1988 this book is based on a true story. It follows the journeys of two girls whose friendship turns deadly. Although the story is simply written it is compelling and mature in content, dealing with sexual orientation. This book will appeal to girls ages 13 and up. What I liked was the narration is simple, there is no explicit detail, which lets the story of love, friendship, and prejudice become the main focus.

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