Moonrise by Sarah Crossan


'They think I hurt someone. But I didn't. You hear?Coz people are gonna be telling youall kinds of lies.I need you to know the truth.'From one-time winner and two-time Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

Details Moonrise

Release DateSep 7th, 2017
PublisherBloomsbury Childrens
GenreYoung Adult, Poetry, Contemporary

Reviews Moonrise

  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    All of the characters in this felt so strong and unique, even though you were only reading about them in around 150 word bursts! The plot really worked with the verse form, and the shift between past and present events was well managed.
  • Alessandra Crivelli
    "we aren't the worst things we didor the worst things that happened to us. We're other stuff too.Like.. the times we made cereal or watched Buffy the vampire slayeror helped an old lady off a bus. We're the good, the bad, and the stupid."I missed Sarah Crossan writing so much. This is a story about unfairness and life. About how much is fucked up the system.This book actually made me think about my idea of death penalty. "Moonrise" is a realistic...
  • Rebecca T
    My heart.
  • Claire (Book Blog Bird)
    'They think I hurt someone.But I didn't. You hear?Coz people are gonna be telling youall kinds of lies.I need you to know the truth.' Oh my god. Sarah Crossan has hit it out of the ballpark yet again with this beautiful story of Joe Moon who travels to Texas from New York to see his older brother, Ed, who is on Death Row. But it's also a book about love in all its forms, and about life and injustice and hope in hopeless situations.I don't know ho...
  • Anisha (sprinkledpages)
    THIS WAS SUCH A GOOD BOOK I CANNOT EVEN STRESS THIS ENOUGH. I felt it covered such an important issue with such care and it made me so so so grateful I live in Australia. I was absolutely crying my eyes out and it is just so lovely and has to be read!
  • Aimee
    review to come
  • George Lester
    WHY CAN I NOT GIVE MORE THAN FIVE STARS?! IT'S A CONSPIRACY AND THIS BOOK IS DESERVING OF ALL OF THE STARS!!! ALL!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐In all seriousness, this book is absolutely incredible. Sarah Crossan has knocked it outside of the park AGAIN with Moonrise. A heartbreaking, beautiful gut punch of a book. Outstanding! WHY CAN I NOT GIVE MORE THAN FIVE STARS?! IT'S A CONSPIRACY AND THIS BOOK IS DESERVING OF ALL OF THE STARS!!! ALL!! ⭐...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    GRADE: A-4.5 STARSWhen Joe is seven his beloved older brother and protector Ed ends up on death row. Ten years later, an execution date is set and Joe heads to Texas to spend time with Ed, whom he hasn't seen since Ed's arrest. Joe wrestles with his childhood memories of poverty and neglect as well as questions about Ed's claimed innocence.MOONRISE is my second Sarah Crossan novel in verse. I enjoyed ONE with points of view from two conjoin twins...
  • Tissy
    Gosh this book has worn out my poor heart. My nerves are frazzled but it was brilliant AND devastating. In this story the narrator chronicles the harrowing count down (as the brother) of a young man on death row. As a result it gives a refreshing and provocative perspective that allows the idea of 'victims' of crime to be turned on its head. Important elements are woven in that will hopefully make the reader digest the duplicity behind a justice ...
  • Abbie
    (I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)Actual rating - 3.5This was a decent read, which managed to keep my interest throughout. A lot more enjoyable for me than one of the authors other books, Breathe. Overall, A decent read.
  • Alison
    A novel written in verse about how powerless we are when faced with the justice system, and the emotional toll it can take on a person and their family.
  • Bridget
    I've been thinking about this book a lot since I finished it yesterday. The story of Ed and Jo Moon and their family is very moving, well it would be, given Ed is on death row and due to execution in the very near future. Sadly the odds of saving Ed are stacked against him. Even though he didn't commit the crime that he is accused of and his lawyer is working hard to save him it doesn't seem like there is going to be a last minute reprieve. This ...
  • Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
    Cried. Of course I did.
  • Alisha Wells
    I sobbed. This broke my heart. Full review is live
  • Graine Milner
    Amazing!Once again, Sarah Crossan smashes my heart into tiny pieces. If you've ever had any doubts at all about how very wrong the death sentence is, read this book. And cry. Sarah Crossan's message comes across loud and clear - it's obviously something she feels passionate about - but she does it in such a lyrical way that you will never feel it's a lecture. Just stunning. Predict this will be on next year's Carnegie shortlist.
  • Cass - Words on Paper
    4.5/5?Finally I can move on. This book actually put me in a reading slump, I haven't felt like reading as much and I knew that I wouldn't be able to get past this until I reread it. Thankfully I wasn't reduced to a blubbering mess, hunched into the foetal position this time around. 'Moonrise' spoke to me on so many levels, but I still find myself incapable of really delving in and speaking about it at length.I finished this book feeling overwhelm...
  • Carys
    (3.5 stars) Sarah Crossan's books never fail to move me and Moonrise was no exception. I found that the verse form resulted in some beautifully constructed images and added to the poignancy at just the right moments, forcing me to dwell on the idea of the idea of the death sentence and how unjust the system surrounding it can be. The flashbacks to the character's childhoods also added to this. I didn't love it quite as much as I loved One, hence ...
  • Ellie
    😭Warning, you will need tissues for Sarah Crossan's next book! Moonrise's sparse yet beautiful free verse tells the story of Joe whose brother is on death row. It follows Ed's final weeks as well as flashbacks to their childhood, which builds up your compassion for the family.Like many awaiting execution at the hands of the state, Ed is going through the appeal process. Initially he couldn't get a good lawyer but now that his execution date ha...
  • Rebecca
    An incredibly moving, terribly sad and beautifully written story about a brother trying his best to make the most of the time he has left with his big brother. His big brother who is on Death Row, and the date is set for his execution. Joe is a really great protagonist because he is so very human - and normal. He doesn't inherently believe his brother is innocent of the murder he is accused of. In fact, he questions him even though his loyalty wo...
  • Suze
    Joe hasn't seen his older brother Ed in ten years. Ed is in prison in a different state, because of a crime he's assured Joe he didn't commit. Joe is seventeen years old now and finally has the chance to see Ed after all this time. Ed is on death row and Joe is determined to spend as many hours as he can with the brother he had to miss for most of his life. Does Joe really have to say goodbye to Ed now that they've found each other again?Moonrise...
  • Marie Andrews
    Review also posted here: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan tells the story of Ed Moon, who has been sent to Death Row with a conviction of murdering a cop. His brother, Joe Moon, goes to visit him before his upcoming execution date and does everything he can to save and comfort his brother in such a troubling time. I've read most of Sarah Crossan's other books including One, The Weight of Water and Apple and Rain,...
  • Katy Noyes
    Desperately sad 'death row' story, told in verse, quite beautifulCrossan is one of my few order-on-sight authors, every book she's written has been a winner, so different yet so full of emotion and heart-tugging stories.I remember reading one review of 'One', I believe, where the reviewer said that each short chapter could be read as a poem in itself and I used that concept when reading this, and yes, they could be standalone poems, each ending w...
  • Charlotte
    *This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*Joe’s life was turned upside down when he received a phone call revealing that his brother, Ed, was going to prison on a murder charge. The family happens to live in a state where the death penalty is a punishment and when Ed’s execution date is confirmed, Joe struggles even more. Sticking to her usual unique style, Moonrise is another free verse novel from Sarah Cros...
  • Adele Broadbent
    Joe Moon has always looked up to his big brother Ed. He was there for him when their alcoholic mother wasn't, attending parent interviews, walking him to school or just taking him out for some fun.But Joe hasn't seen Ed for ten years. And now Ed's on Death Row, he needs Joe. His mother long gone, and his aunt pretending Ed doesn't exist, Joe goes to the small town and the prison that holds his brother.This is Joe's story of getting to know his br...
  • Carole
    I'm already a big fan of Sarah Crossan's books, but I think this would have to be my favourite. Joe's brother is on death row and his execution date is looming. Joe hasn't seen his brother for 10 years and it would be fair to say that his life during that time has been a struggle. Joe decides he has to spend some time with his brother just in case the final appeals aren't successful. The characters in this verse novel are real - not perfect but c...
  • Rebekka
    Wow. This was one emotional ride ... I think it's so good that books like this one let us think about the injustice that happens everyday to a variation of people. What makes one person better than another? What makes one group of people more capable of something than another? Is it okay for one human being to decide about the end of another human being or animal for that matter? What makes something okay? A lot of questions with a lot of differe...
  • alice
    This book really had no point. It starts off with Joe moving to Texas, to the city where his brother has been unfairly incarcerated for ten years and where his upcoming execution is going to happen, all for a crime Ed has supposedly never committed. Joe is supposed to support himself financially by finding a job. Does he? No, he finds a flat on his very first day in town, magically pays rent with no income and is fed by his maybe/future coworker....
  • Aoife
    Sarah Crossan's Moonrise is one of those books that, when I realise that I have 50 pages left to read, I just KNOW I'm going to be an emotional WRECK by the end...In all seriousness though, Moonrise is stunning. As usual, Sarah Crossan has created something truly special. Her characters are heartbreakingly human and she teaches us to hope even when we believe hope to be impossible. And that no matter how much or how well we prepare ourselves for ...