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Sarah Crossan


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Bloomsbury YA




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'They think I hurt someone. But I didn't. You hear?  Cos people are gonna be telling you all kinds of lies.  I need you to know the truth.'  Joe hasn't seen his brother for ten years, and it's for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row.  But now Ed's execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think ...

From Carnegie Medal winner 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?

Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2017  'Devastating ... Any reader with a heart will weep buckets' Sunday Times Book of the Week.  'An outstanding and daring achievement' - Irish Examiner. Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize. Shortlisted for the CLIPPA Award.  Longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.

Experience every emotion with the finest verse novelist of our generation...Don't miss Sarah Crossan's other irresistibly page-turning books Toffee, One, Apple and Rain, and The Weight of Water.



Moonrise 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.

Suggested Reading Age 11+


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