Welcome to Day 6 of the SECRETS OF MOON AT NINE BLOG TOUR, featuring Moon at Nine – a timely new YA novel from humanitarian and award-winning author Deborah Ellis. Each stop on the 2-week tour will feature revealing posts, a chance to win a copy of the novel, and a chance to enter the grand prize giveaway!
Secrets of a Storyteller
By Deborah Ellis
In Moon At Nine, Farrin is working on a demon-hunting story. She finds parallels between the demons in her story and the demons she has to deal with every day in her life as a student and the daughter of difficult parents.
I think it was important for Farrin to write that story for a couple of reasons. One, it gave her something bigger than herself to think about. When all was going crazy around her, she could pretend to be on the outside of it, looking in, the way writers do. She could set herself apart from the madding crowd and feel that she was untouched by it.
The other thing the story did for her was to help her sort it all out. We tell each other stories in order to try to understand the world—at least, that is why I write! The world is a big confusing mess, and by writing about it, we can sort it into a series of events that have logic and reason and cause and effect behind them.
The real demons in Moon At Nine were far worse than anything Farrin could dream up in her imagination, which is usually the case. Farrin also had control over the demons she wrote about. In real life, the best she could do was hope and dream and rely on luck and whatever internal strength she could muster.
In art, we can make life work out the way we want it to. All my characters are braver, stronger and more confident than I am. They are who I hope to one day be.
Enter below to win a copy of Moon at Nine!
***Stop by AmithaKnight.com tomorrow for the next stop on the SECRETS OF MOON AT NINE BLOG TOUR and another chance to win!***
Secrets of Moon at Nine Blog Tour Schedule:
April 28th: Buried in Books
April 29th: Candace's Book Blog
April 30th: VVB32Reads
May 1st: Read Now Sleep Later
May 2nd: LiveToRead
May 5th: Loving the Language of Literacy
May 6th: AmithaKnight.com
May 7th: From A to Z
May 8th: Manga Maniac Café
May 9th: Bookish
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 a homosexual 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?
About Deborah Ellis:
Deborah Ellis is the internationally acclaimed author of nearly thirty books for children and young people, most of which explore themes of social justice and courage. A peace activist, feminist, and humanitarian, Deborah has won many national and international awards for her books, including 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. In 2010, she received the Ontario Library Association President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement. Deborah lives in Ontario, Canada.
GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY
At each stop along the tour, readers will have a chance to enter the grand prize giveaway.
The Prize: One winner will receive (1) a set of 10 Deborah Ellis books, and (2) Pajama Press will make a $100 donation in their name to one of five charities: Canadian Women 4 Women in Afghanistan, UNICEF Canada, Street Kids International, Leprosy Mission - Canada, or IBBY - Children in Crisis Fund. (You can learn more about these charities at stop #2 on the tour.)
- Moon at Nine
- True Blue
- Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids
- No Safe Place
- My name is Parvana
- Lunch With Lenin and Other Short Stories
- A Company of Fools
- Our Stories Our Songs: African Children Talk about AIDS,
- Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children speak
- Annaleise Carr: How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer (By Annaleise Carr with Deborah Ellis)
US/Canada only please. Enter using the rafflecopter below! Ends May 12th at 11:59 pm EST.
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