Welcome to Day 4 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 World Traveler
By Deborah Ellis
The first trip I did to do research for a book was back in the late l990s, when I went to Pakistan to meet folks in the Afghan refugee camps there. I was not at all prepared for the sort of deep poverty and pain that people were experiencing. Nor was I prepared for the incredible kindness and courage many people demonstrated.
Since that trip, I have been able to take many trips to different places to meet extraordinary people. I've been to Israel and Palestine (for the bookThree Wishes); to Zambia and Malawi (for the novel The Heaven Shop and the book of interviews called Our Stories Our Songs, profiling kids affected by HIV/AIDS), Bolivia, to meet with kids in the cocaine industry; Jordan to learn from the refugees from the Iraq War; Russia to meet with Russian woman who had served with the Soviets in Afghanistan; India to meet with people affected by leprosy; American military bases to learn from military families what it is like to have a loved one serving overseas in harm's way; and, recently, I have been able to travel to many First Nations, Metis, Native American and Inuit communities to learn from the young people there what their lives are like at this point in history.
When I was thinking about writing Moon At Nine, I explored the possibility of going to Iran—something I still hope to do one day. The Iran of l988 is very different in many ways from the Iran of today. I did as much research as possible to make the book as real as I could make it.
Travelling to a place before writing about it has so many benefits—learning about the foods, the markets, the streets, the way the wind feels, the light as it is fading in the evenings. I know, though, that I could spend ages in a place outside my usual spot of Southern Ontario and miss many essential things about it. There are universal features to the human experience—how we feel joy, the experience of being lonely, our inner battles over what we want vs. what we are able to achieve—and these are experiences the writer relies on when crafting any story, no matter where that story takes place or in what period of history the characters live.
Enter below to win a copy of Moon at Nine! US/Canada only please. Complete the free entry to unlock more ways to win. Remember to scroll all the way down to enter the Grand Prize drawing!
***Stop by LiveToRead 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
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.
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.)
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)
US/Canada only please. Enter using the rafflecopter below! Ends May 12th at 11:59 pm EST.