In yesterday’s post, Deborah Ellis talked a little about the demon-hunting story that Farrin writes in Moon at Nine. Today, we have some illustrations of those demons drawn by the real “Farrin” — the woman whose story inspired Moon at Nine.Some of these are (slightly abstract) demons; some of them are representations of Farrin in difficult situations or being haunted by memories. They represent a blend of the demon metaphor and the actual ‘demons’ Farrin faced.
Enter below to win a copy of Moon at Nine!
About 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 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?
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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.) The 10 books included in the prize pack are:
- 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)