Moon at Nine
By Deborah Ellis
This is a wonderful young adult novel written by a Canadian writer from Simcoe, Ontario who really knows how to weave a good story that will keep teens reading. It is a story that crosses cultural boundaries and issues that will help teens understand different religious cultures.
It is hard to believe that a fifteen year old girl would have so many secrets. But Farrin does. She feels different from all the girls in her school and community. So, she keeps a very low profile. You see, Farrin’s family in Tehran is very wealthy. The family is in grave danger.
Farrin feels isolated and lonely. Then one day she meets Sadira. A very close friendship develops between the two girls. She is like a breath of fresh air for Farrin. They enjoy each other’s company and Farrin gains a renewed sense of self-confidence and self-esteem. How wonderful! But just as Farrin’s life has been in the past, ultimately her joy is shortened and her fears return both for herself and her family.
This is a great story about friendship and how a good friendship can change one’s life forever. It is a story about the intimate love between two teenage girls–a love that could be punished by execution if anyone finds out. There is so much more to this story that I would leave for reader to discover for him/herself.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth