Moonrise by Sarah Crossan


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 …

13 Reviews

Ryan, Shoreham College

11th November 2019 at 9:10 am

This was a good and interesting story but it went on a bit too long and overall was dragged out.

Harry, Shoreham College

11th November 2019 at 9:08 am

This book was an interesting book about the effects of Death Row on a family but the book did go on a bit too long. Overall it was quite good and the ending was very sad.

Hannah, Ardingly College

7th November 2019 at 8:41 am

I really enjoyed reading Moonrise and I would recommend it to others of my age. I found the book very engaging and it really let me understand how lucky I am because Joe, the main character, had many struggles in his life from such a young age. The book was very sad and it let me see the world as it is for some people and how difficult life can be for them. I think that the book contained a few very important messages, such as how trust and forgiveness are important (Joe trusted in his brother despite how everyone around him told him that his brother was guilty). Also, how important and irreplaceable a life is. I did enjoy reading the book however, I kept hoping that the ending would be happy and everything would be resolved and this was not the case. Finally, Moonrise is written in verses and I quite like this. it makes the book quicker to read and more flowing. Also, occasionally, there were pages with just one sentence and this emphasises whatever is written, making that piece of information stand out. Overall, I really liked reading \moonrise and I would read other books by Sarah Crossan in the future.

Daniela, Dorothy Stringer

5th November 2019 at 8:40 am

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan is an interestingly structured story which revolves around Joe and his family and the way they cope with the fact that Joe’s brother was wrongly accused with murder. This book was really gripping and it raised awareness of a serious topic. This is a book I think everyone should read!

Tom, Shoreham College

4th November 2019 at 9:11 am

I really enjoyed Moon Rise, I found that the subject they tackled was really interesting and in depth. I thought that the author really expressed the different characters’ emotions and really got me hooked into the book, I suggest reading it because its a great read.

Monty, Ardingly

23rd October 2019 at 11:43 am

Moonrise is a book about a Joe, a teenager, whose brother has been wrongly accused of murder and has just had his death date set. I really liked this book as throughout the book it was really emotional and easy for the reader to follow. Although I didn’t find many reasons to dislike the book, there was one thing I didn’t enjoy: that Ed died. Overall a really good book.


22nd October 2019 at 9:12 pm

“Moonrise” by Sarah Crossan was a heart-warming story exploring the love and relationship between two brothers, one on death row, the other supporting him in anyway possible. Throughout the book, you see the main character developing as a person, especially after the upbringing he had.
However, some parts of the book I personally found repeated itself a bit, but because of the structure it was written in, it wasn’t boring to read.
I would recommend this book to people who like quick but interesting reads.

Clara, Downlands Community School

17th October 2019 at 7:45 pm

“Moonrise” by Sarah Crossan was a heartbreaking and thought-provoking book. I enjoyed the unique way in which it was written and I found the characters strong
and the relationships between them moving.

Sophie, Ardingly

12th October 2019 at 9:49 am

I really enjoyed this book because I am interested in death row and other subjects to do with it. The way the book expressed not only the person who was going to be killed but his brother’s was a good way of showing something that isn’t usually paid attention to in modern cases/the press today. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone. The way it is very easy to read and I felt it was just a really good read.

Agatha, Ardingly

29th September 2019 at 7:30 pm

This book really related to me in the sense of siblings and the crazy things you would do for them. I loved the way the book was laid out like the way people think in their mind, it was very random but it was all understandable. The sentences were like the thoughts running through his head. What I really enjoyed was the way we were told a fact and then to explain it, there were snippets of the book where we went back in time to see what happened. Although sometimes I couldn’t tell what was past and what was present, It was a really new and interesting way to set out the story. My favourite character was Ed, the kindness he held towards his siblings, the optimism he had even when his days grew numbered and the fierceness he felt towards his siblings when they were in danger or against his mother when she said or did something against them. I really love him for that. It should be a crime to end a book in that way, the amount of tears produced were way too many to be reasonable. It was such a lovely book.

Olivia, Ardingly

29th September 2019 at 2:46 pm

Such an amazing book! I would definitely read again. I would recommend this book to people who like romance and sadness.

Alice, Ardingly

26th September 2019 at 4:35 pm

This book is definitely my new favourite book. Although I was not used to the very different style of writing, I still loved every moment of the book. Once I started this book I found it really hard to stop! I felt like I was a part of the book throughout it. I was so engrossed in it that I felt so sad when the book came to an end. Moonrise has taught me not to judge a book by its cover and not to believe everything the news says. I am so glad that I read this book as it really has changed the way I think.

A student at Ardingly College

22nd September 2019 at 9:37 am

This book was a heart wrenching and beautiful story of a boy and the effects of his brother being on death row has on his life. It has love, hate and everything in between. The way it’s written makes it even more beautiful. I really enjoyed reading it.

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