Monday, April 28, 2014

Secrets of Moon At Nine Blog Tour and Giveaway (US and Canada)

Welcome to Day 1 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 the Moon at Nine Title

Today, Pajama Press editor Ann Featherstone is here to talk a little bit about the title of Moon at Nine:

In choosing the right title for Deborah’s story, we discussed the mood and idea we wanted to get across. First and foremost, we wanted a way to express Farrin and Sadira’s relationship, with its naïve optimism and almost dream-like power. There is a scene in the book where Farrin realizes that, in looking at the moon at the same time each night, the girls will feel connected, even if they are not together. Farrin calls it the nine o’clock moon. At the time, Farrin has no idea how much the sight of the moon will give her hope and, when ultimately all hope is gone, the courage to find a future with only the memory of Sadira to guide her.

I think Deborah chose the perfect title. The image of the moon at nine ties us to time and place, yet reminds us of something greater: the principles and ideals that drive us and give us courage.

Here is an excerpt of the scene Ann mentions:

After the service, the girls waited outside for the men to finish talking and come to find them.

"Look at that moon," Sadira said. "I don't think I've ever seen a moon so bright."

"It's shining right down on us like a spotlight," Farrin said.

It was strange. She knew that the square outside the mosque was crowded with worshippers and the streets were full of noisy cars, but it felt like she and Sadira were all alone in Tehran.

"It's shining down on the two of us," Sadira said. She looked at her watch. "It's almost nine o'clock," she added. "Let's make another pact. Let's look at the moon every night at nine, and that way, if we are not physically together, we will be together in spirit."

"The nine o'clock moon," Farrin agreed, holding still but wanting to swirl and dance all over the square. "Every night," she promised.

Then the men appeared and broke the spell.


Enter below to win a copy of Moon at Nine!

***Stop by Candace's Book Blog 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 28thBuried in Books
April 29th: Candace's Book Blog
April 30th: VVB32Reads
May 2nd: LiveToRead
May 7th: From A to Z
May 9th: Bookish

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?

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.


At each stop along the tour, readers will have a chance to enter the grand prize giveaway.

One winner will receive a set of Deborah Ellis' books, and 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 will be able to learn more about all of these charities at tomorrow's tour stop.

Below is a list of the books included in the giveaway:

• 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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  1. I haven't heard of this one before at all, Heather, but it seems to be quite unique and promising, so thanks for putting it on my radar!

    1. Well, I'm trying to read different books this year so I think this one fits that description. I have very few LGBT books in my READ (past tense) pile but with the added factor of taking place in Iran I couldn't pass this one up so it fits two areas I'm trying to expand my reading into.

  2. The naive and dreamy relationship sounds promising in that innocence.

    1. It does. I haven't finished the book yet. I'm just about a third in so I'll be reviewing it in May. I'll let you know.

  3. This sounds dark and on the edge of your seat. Oh now I'm nail biting worrying about them. :) Also, love the charity giveaway! So cool!

    1. Yes, very nice, isn't it. The author does a lot of work for women and children that have been displaced or are in some other way in need of support or attention to their situation. I would read her books just for that. There are a couple listed I want to check out.

  4. This definitely sounds like the perfect title for this story! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I do think it's the perfect title, it fits the book perfectly!

  6. I just love the concept of sharing the moon. Beautiful.


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