August 29, 2014

Review: Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis

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 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.
Moon At Nine was the best biography that I've ever read! Based on the story of a young Iranian schoolgirl as told to author Deborah Ellis by the actual schoolgirl all grown up, this book will make teenagers open their eyes to how lucky they are to be in a country that allows a larger degree of freedom of choice than most others. The horrific events that protagonist, Farrin, has to live through because of her love for another girl is very hard to understand. How can so much hatred be out there in the world?
A five star book because of the honest subject matter, the excellent writing, and the fact that author Ellis and the real Farrin believe that it's essential for this story to be told, this book should be a must-read for all young adults.
Publisher-Pajama Press
Reviewer Rating: 5 STARS!!!
Reviewed by Cindi Clubbs
Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your Future book program in exchange for a honest review!
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