Bloomsbury

September 2017

$16.99 AU

392p pb

ISBN: 978-1408878439

Moonrise

Sarah Crossan

from Bloomsbury...

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 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?

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17-year-old Joe Moon is living with his aunt Karen and his sister, Angela. His mum has long since abandoned the family, dad was never in the scene and he has not seen his older brother, Ed, for ten years.  Ed got put away for killing a police officer, although he claims he was innocent. Now Ed is on Death Row in Texas and when a date for his execution is set, he asks to see his brother. Giving up a summer athletics scholarship, Joe leaves his home in New York to be with Ed for his last few weeks. Living in a slummy apartment without a job Joe is alone. He meets a local waitress, Sue who befriends him and he is offered a job of delivery driver if he can fix up the broken-down delivery car. He also meets Nell with whom he has an instant attraction. Through flashbacks we see the close bond between the two brothers, with Ed being a father figure to Joe and getting his younger brother ready for school, attending school meetings, packing his lunch etc. Will the brothers be able to overcome the barriers in front of themů

Deftly told in verse, Moonrise will have readers rivetted to the page, not wanting to put the book down. This fast pace story, seamlessly moving from present day to past, is both heart wrenching and captivating. You feel very much for the Moon family whose lives have been torn apart by dysfunction and the actions of various family members. This is one story that will stay in your mind long after you have put it down. Highly recommended for young adult readers.

Stephen, Canberra

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