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
GenrePoetry, Young Adult, Contemporary, Family

Reviews Moonrise

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    Beautiful and heartbreaking, all at the same time.It forces you to think about and question the justice system, which is rife with injustice.
  • 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.
  • maymay ☕ {semi hiatus}
    this was so....sad. i feel like someone has punched me in the heart and drained all my energy. these kind of books really make you think, man. time to go cry, bye.
  • Sarah
    This was a very emotional read! I have to say, Sarah Crossan is killing it with these kinds of books. She manages to capture so many emotions while saying so little, it's so impressive. Sometimes it's nice to read a book where the majority of descriptions are left out and what's on paper is just the core of the story. I would 100% recommend this because it's wonderful, powerful and beautiful. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"it was all about how thi...
  • Colleen Fauchelle
    It made me cry.
  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    Stunning book. I didn’t expect to get so invested in it to be honest, it’s not my usual kind of read. But I couldn’t put it down. Super short chapters give a sense of urgency to the story and it really draws you in. Just beautiful.Moonrise was one of the December book club choices in Rick O’Shea’s Book Club over on Facebook, so naturally I was curious enough to download this from my local library and see what it was like. I wasn’t exp...
  • Figgy
    Review to come. This was my first novel in verse, but after a while I stopped noticing. I also spent probably the last 25% of the novel crying, so, you know, bring tissues.
  • Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
    Edward Moon was coerced to sign a confession of homicide at seventeen years of age, legally binding and convicting the innocent young man. Moonrise is a poignant and provoking narrative of seventeen year old Joseph Moon and his brother who is scheduled to be executed in Kirkland Texas.As children, Edward, Angela and Joseph were often neglected, their mother a verbally abusive alcoholic. Parental responsibilities are entrusted to Karen, their moth...
  • 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...
  • 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!for more, read my no spoiler book review:
  • Elle♣
    5 starsI love a book that is written in verse(thanks, Delilah!), but they can either be executed really well or really poorly - and clearly, by my rating, this was done VERY well. Verse can make it more difficult to get a sense of the characters emotions, and in hand makes it harder to find a connection to them - equaling to a story you feel nothing for.THIS book, however, somehow manages to avoid doing this and accomplishes in going further than...
  • Lauren
    Moonrise is quite simply a heartbreaking read. I have only ever read Crossan's ya dystopian books (Breathe and Resist) which I really enjoyed and hoped this would be another winner. It was.Moonrise follows Joe Moon who travels to Texas from New York to see his older brother, Ed, who is on Death Row. This book is written entirely in verse which makes the story punchier and hard-hitting, and works really well with the subject matter discussed. Hone...
  • Emmy Ruijven
    Tranen met tuiten. Wát een heftig boek.
  • Manon
    *4.25 Stars*I don't want to say too much. I read this without knowing anything about it and I think you shoud too.I really liked it, the characters were great and I love the way it's told.Also, it got me out of a huge book slump.
  • 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...
  • Rebecca T
    My heart.
  • Kristen
    Ugh, that was so sad. I cried. RTC closer to publication.
  • Aimee
    I received a copy of Moonrise from Bloomsbury Australia to review. This is the second book I’ve read by Crossan. I read One a few years ago and loved it. When I received Moonrise in the mail to review I was excited to read it. I’m just going to get this out of the way now. Not a lot of books have made me cry but I’ll admit that I was actually crying at the end of this book. Actual tears! Which for me means it was a really good book and one ...
  • 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!! ⭐...
  • Suze Lavender
    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...
  • I read novels
    I Love how the hardcover is brilliantly designed with a cut out of the half moon. Where the cut out shape on the front cover is all you can see is that inside is the half moon. When you open the hardcover the picture of the moon is actually a full circle moon. But the cover doesn't look like a full circle moon from the front cover, you only see the half moon, a very clever idea. Full marks to who ever designed the front cover of this hardcover. W...
  • 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...
  • Yvonne Tsai
    Very depressing but beautiful
  • 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 ...
  • Peppermint
    "It's the hope that'll kill you." I have a thousand and one thoughts in my mind and none of them seem to be able to assemble in a row of letters or sentences that would make sense of how I'm feeling. It's truly amazing how much Sarah Crossan was able to tell and how straight to the point this story was while, at the same time, never failing to show the emotions the characters were feeling or the overall atmosphere of a situation.Excuse me while ...
  • Sarah
    3.5 rounded downWent into this knowing nothing about the plot and based purely on the strength of One and The Weight of Water. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the former two, but thought it was a solid story told in a creative way (through verse) about a lesser written about topic - incarceration and the effects it has on family.
  • Faith
    Crossan's latest verse novel is an exploration of the death row and its effects on those we typically do not ever think of - the family of its victim. It's a clever story that subverts one's expectations of a criminal, placing the spotlight and giving a voice to not only on them but their family. Whilst I admire the originality of this novel in its topic, I personally think that verse was not a form which allowed the story as much depth and emoti...
  • Clair Sharpe
    Having discovered Sarah Crossan and the style of writing in verse earlier this year, I was keen to read her latest book. Moonrise is told from the point of view of Joe. His brother Ed is on death row in Texas for murdering a policeman and the story starts as the date of execution is set.I love the medium of verse as a writing tool – Crossan is able to convey emotions and tell a story in far less words than a conventional novel. The topic of the...
  • Kerran Olson
    I just wrote out a whole review for this and it didn't save so- basically I just finished Moonrise and I'm a mess because it's really touching. Despite the form (novel written in poetry) ensuring there isn't a lot of descriptive language, this book gets right to the heart of the characters, especially the protagonist Joe, who has gone to Texas to see his brother Ed who is on death row. The book covers the big issue of the death penalty, and also ...
  • Marie the Librarian
    This book just ripped out my heart and stomped on it. Such an important theme and my gosh how wonderfully this story is told. The prose makes it so much more and I had a lump in my throat the whole time. Its amazing and heartbreaking, just like I expected from Crossan really.