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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 ...

Reviewed by: John Lonergan

This is a really beautiful and well written book. While it took me a few pages to get to grips with the verse style of writing, I was instantly engaged with the story. Indeed, one of the many strengths of the author is that the reader’s interest and curiosity is maintained right through to the very last page. The sign of a great book is when you just want to keep on reading and when you leave it down you can’t wait to get back to it; the term ‘page-turner’ is so apt when discussing this book.

This book confirms and highlights one of my long-standing beliefs that for any justice system to deliver justice in every instance ultimately depends on the integrity and honesty of the people who work in it. When it comes to justice, it only takes one bad apple to cause havoc and to do untold damage. It also confirms that a justice system directly linked to a political system is doomed to fail.

I could readily identify and empathise with both main characters Joe and Ed, and the author is to be congratulated on projecting them as ‘real’ people. Many human emotions surface throughout the storyline, anger, hate, fear, hurt, pain, rejection, kindness, coldness, love and generosity, just to mention a few.

I loved this book and I strongly recommend it as a most enjoyable and gripping read.







About Moonlight

'Devastating … Any reader with a heart will weep buckets' Sunday Times Book of the Week

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?

  • SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD 2017
  • SHORTLISTED FOR THE YA BOOK PRIZE 2018
  • SHORTLISTED FOR THE CBI BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2018
  • SHORTLISTED FOR THE CLiPPA AWARD 2018
  • LONGLISTED FOR THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019


About the Author

Sarah Crossan has lived in Dublin, London and New York, and now lives in Hertfordshire. She graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University. Since completing a masters in creative writing, she has been working to promote creative writing in schools.The Weight of Water and Apple and Rain were both shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. In 2016, Sarah won the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as the YA Book Prize, the CBI Book of the Year award and the CLiPPA Poetry Award for her novel, One.

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