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Moonrise: SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD 20175/5

Moonrise: SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD 2017

Sarah Crossan

Review

This is an amazing book. Sarah Crossan has managed to craft something beautiful out of the horror of death row; she tackles difficult issues of life and death sensitively and honestly. Using her customary poetry style and from the viewpoint of Joe Moon, she interweaves the last weeks of his brother Ed's life on death row with their memories of growing up.

It's a book full of contradictions. There's love in an abused childhood and dysfunctional family. There's humour mixed with pain. There's forgiveness where you would expect hatred. There's survival against all the odds; for some.

It's a book that moved me to tears and will linger long in my thoughts.

400 pages / Ages 12+ / Reviewed by Jane Welby, school librarian.

Reviewed by: Jane Welby