From Carnegie Award-winning author Sarah Crossan comes a poignant and thought-provoking novel that explores life, death, love and forgiveness.
Seventeen-year-old Joe hasn't seen his brother in ten years. Ed didn’t walk out on the family, not exactly. It’s something more brutal.
Ed’s locked up on death row.
Now his execution date has been set, and the clock is ticking. Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with his brother, no matter what other people think ... and no matter whether Ed committed the crime. But did he? And does it matter, in the end?
This poignant, timely, heartbreaking novel asks big questions: What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?
Acclaim for Sarah Crossan
2016 Carnegie Award winner, One
Shortlisted for the 2016 FCBG Book Award, Apple and Rain
Shortlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Award, Apple and Rain
Shortlisted for the 2013 Carnegie Award, The Weight of Water
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Sarah Crossan is the author of Apple and Rain and The Weight of Water, both of which have been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal. She is also the author of the novels Breathe, Resist, and the 2016 Carnegie Medal winner One. She grew up in Ireland and England, has taught English in the United States, and now lives in Hertfordshire, England.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm not a huge fan of poetry or novels in verse, but sometimes you read them and they just stick. Moonrise is one of those books. It will tug at your heart strings and make you hurt for the bad guy. This book does all that and more. Joe's brother Ed is on deathrow. Joe has exhausted all his resources to go in see his brother in his final days as his lawyer fights to slow down his execution.Ed swears he is innocent, so they must do everything they can to get everyone to change their mind about him and give them a chance. I have to be honest, when I first added this I did it because of the place where it's set. I heard "death row" in Texas and I immediately thought of Huntsville, Texas, where I attended college. But instead it was set in Wakeling, a place very much like Huntsville. (Outside of the college ring) People only go there if they have someone "at the farm." That's definitely how it is at Huntsville too, so I could really see that happening. It made the story feel a bit more real. And that was welcoming, because I don't always connect to a story in verse because it doesn't have as much back story or depth as a regular story. It made me feel more connected to the story. However, as usual I felt like I didn't really connect with this story. I knew the emotion was there, but it's hard for me to really CONNECT with characters in a book told in verse. It's really a "it's not you, it's me," type of thing. I'm sure others may have read this and cried their eyes out, but I read it and barely felt sorry for the guy. (But then again, he didn't do a really great job at convincing me that he didn't do it, jus that they didn't have enough evidence to prove he did......) I don't want to sound heartless, because I didget sad for him, but normally with a plot like this I would feel SOMETHING for the characters. Novels in verse and me just don't get along. Some I connect with, others not so much. This one is the perfect blend for me. If you love novels in verse and poetry, give this one a try!
Before we begin, I should tell you that this book is told in verse. Or rather, like a really long, sorrow filled and beautiful poem. I can honestly say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE this style of writing so much because it manages to pack all the gut punches and the emotional turmoil without the filler and it’s so easy to read through. In fact, I’m going to be looking for more books told like this because Sarah Crossan does it SO WELL and I was reduced to tears by the end of Moonrise. Before I go any further, I have to thank the lovely publicists at Bloomsbury India for sending me a lovely finished copy of this book. I am so honoured to get the chance to read it. My Thoughts: 1. Like I said, the writing was SPECTACULAR. It’s always such a different experience to read work written in verse and Sarah Crossan does it like nobody else. Her prose is simple yet manages to capture the gravity of any situation. 2. I LOVE WHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT: Innocent people caught in the justice system and death row and brotherhood. I don’t really have a very strong opinion on the death penalty – but I haven’t read a book about it like Moonrise before. It was a gorgeously heart breaking depiction of a boy whose brother who practically raised him is on death row and honestly, it had me sobbing by the end of it. 3. I loved Ed. I loved the boy who took care of a brother who was a decade younger than her was. I loved that all he wanted was a soda and a little love. His three letters to Joe wrung my heart and I WAS WAITING FOR THE MIRACLE THAT WOULD SAVE HIM SO SO BADLY and his version of events really got to me. 4. Joe was an amazing character too. Sarah Crossan highlights the irregular life of a teenage boy struggling to find someone in the world, trying to make things work with his family and trying to cope with the fact that his brother might be stolen away from him. Both Ed and him were heart breaking characters and all I wanted to do was run inside the book and hug the both of them for forever. 5. I feel like this review doesn’t even come close to capturing the MAGIC and SORROW that makes up Sarah Crossan’s latest book, Moonrise, because it is filled with magical writing and a sorrow filled yet beautiful story that DESERVES TO BE READ. An absolutely heart-wrenching tale with writing that does more than bring life to the characters by transporting you into the world and honestly, YOU NEED TO BE READING IT.