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❀
    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.
  • Laura
    Reporters don’t give a damn about our family.We’re not a story. We’re dirt.Although,I guess that’s a lot easier than having to admitthat by killing our brotherthey’re just pummeling more people. Sarah Crossan has done it again. Moonrise is a heartbreaking YA novel written in verse dealing with a very serious issue - the death penalty. Focusing on the family of the guy on death row, we're enlightened to the impact of capital punishment...
  • 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...
  • Kristen
    Review can also be found on my blog .Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publisher for letting me read this early.This was so sad. I cried. I wasn't expecting to, but I just had to.Ugh, even though it was short and told in verse, it was so powerful. Sometimes authors make the mistake of going way over-the-top with their writing, and it just comes across as fake and forced and forgettable. This one proved that sometimes simple words hold more pow...
  • 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...
  • Odette Knappers
    Een van Sarah Crossan pakte ik op omdat ik hem toevallig tegen kwam in een minibieb. Ik had het boek binnen 2u uit, en ik heb na afloop ongeveer even lang zitten janken. Het is een prachtig verhaal, maar de schrijfstijl in vers geeft het een extra bijzonder sausje. Het verhaal komt heel anders uit de verf dan met proza.Wederom heeft Sarah een heel belangrijk en maatschappelijk relevant onderwerp gekozen als onderwerp voor haar boek, dit keer het ...
  • 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...
  • Lotte
    Ik dacht: ik lees even een stukje in dit boek - en vier uur later had ik hem uit. Heftig en zo mooi geschreven. Sarah Crossan heeft heel weinig woorden nodig om een heel verhaal over te brengen, het gebeurt eigenlijk allemaal in je hoofd.
  • Emmy Ruijven
    Tranen met tuiten. Wát een heftig boek.
  • La La
    I finished this title yesterday morning and cried into my coffee for about fifteen minutes. The author is a fabulous storyteller, plain and simple. It's written in verse form, but I had no problem with it. In fact it was a quick smooth read. It touched on many current socio-economic and sociopolitical issues. I liked it because the "race" of the MC wasn't apparent for a good portion of the book. It shows the reader that the poor aren't inherently...
  • 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.
  • Books, Vertigo and Tea (Danielle)
    Review on another edition.
  • 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!! ⭐...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    I am now a puddle. Whenever there is a murder, and someone is convicted and sentenced to death, we automatically feel for the victim's family. This book challenged me to look at it from the other side. The story is told from the point of view of Joe, a 17 year old man, who's brother had received his execution date after 10 years on death row. Joe was quite young, when his brother was incarcerated, but was determined to be with him during his fina...
  • Lisanne
    I can't even begin to describe what I'm feeling after turning the last page of this book. I read it back to back in a couple of hours and I cried like a baby. Whát a book, just read it!
  • Poppy fairy
    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...
  • Femke
    Potverdorie, Sarah Crossan doet het weer.Ik bedank yalfest om me te introduceren met deze fantastische auteur want dit is nu het tweede boek van haar die 5 sterren van mij krijgt en het voelt nog steeds te weinig.De auteur heeft zich zo verdiept in dit onderwerp en dat is te zien want het voelt zo echt. Het komt zo dichtbij als je dit boek in je handen hebt. Je word geconfronteerd met wat er nog steeds gebeurt in de wereld. Waanzin. In dit verhaa...
  • 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...
  • Books, Vertigo and Tea (Danielle)
    You may also find this review on Books, Vertigo & Tea.My ThoughtsHave you ever read a book that you pick up and discover you are halfway through before you even manage to stop for a breather? Moonrise is one of those books. Told in verse over the course of 400 pages.The skinny..This is a story of life and loss. It follows the family of a convicted murderer sentenced to death and dares to ask, “What about them?” Pending the execution of his ol...