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The novel moves skilfully between present events and Joe’s memories of being a young boy, spending time with his brother. It is an affecting story about the power of sibling love and how Joe finds the strength to deal with the myriad emotions he feels at this point in his life. I have loved every book I have read by Sarah Crossan, and with this the 100 per cent record remains intact. In my view, she is one of the most important writers of YA fiction around. And I know what I’m talking about, because I once wrote a poem. Edward Moon was coerced to sign a confession of homicide at seventeen years of age, legally binding and convicting the innocent young man. Moonrise is a poignant and provoking narrative of seventeen year old Joseph Moon and his brother who is scheduled to be executed in Kirkland Texas.

The Fourth Apprentice • Fading Echoes • Night Whispers • Sign of the Moon • The Forgotten Warrior • The Last HopeSecrets of the Clans • Cats of the Clans • Code of the Clans • Battles of the Clans • Enter the Clans • The Ultimate Guide • The Warriors Guide • The Ultimate Guide: Updated and Expanded Edition As children, Edward, Angela and Joseph were often neglected, their mother a verbally abusive alcoholic. Parental responsibilities are entrusted to Karen, their mother's single, Christian sister. At seventeen years of age, Edward escaped the confines of their regimented home only to be incarcerated for the death of a police officer. Edward's execution has been scheduled and despite Karen's disapproval, Joseph begins his journey to farewell his brother. The narrative is incredibly distressing as the responsibility is placed upon Joseph, temporarily living within the decrepit Kirkland motel, abandoned by Karen and Angela. Since Angela cannot take a break from her job, Joe is the only one who can be there for Ed as his execution date nears. Their mother left the children long ago, and Aunt Karen, their guardian, is livid about Joe’s decision to go to Texas. For Aunt Karen, Ed is the reason for their family’s downfall. Struggling for money in Texas, Joe works out a deal with Bob, a local diner owner, and Sue, a waitress there: if Joe can fix Bob’s car, there may be a job in the offing for him, and as long as he is working on the car, he can get free food at the diner. After Sunset: We Need to Talk • After Sunset: The Right Choice? • Beyond the Code: Brightspirit's Mercy • The Elders' Concern • Spottedleaf's Honest Answer • The Clans Decide • Why is Jaypaw Blind? • Tigerstar: Heart of Evil? • The Curtain Falls: Choosing Which Cats Would Die • Unhappily Ever After? Ending the Doomed Romances • The Truth About Midnight • The Death of Bright Stream • The Longest Night • The Disappearing Herbs • A Fear of Fire • The Hidden Prophecy Mondschein (DE), Verlagsgruppe Beltz (hardcover), 19 February 2011, translated by Friederike Levin [17]

Into the Wild • Fire and Ice • Forest of Secrets • Rising Storm • A Dangerous Path • The Darkest HourMistrust, forgiveness and the premeditated stripping away of a future, distorting many other lives in unfathomable ways, are communicated through Crossan's spare, expressive free verse, with understated, heart-breaking clarity' - Guardian Reading this has opened my mind to the possibly overlooked problems in society, making them seem real and listened to; the way that the author writes helped me to think this way.

The Rise of Scourge • A Shadow in RiverClan • Winds of Change • Exile from ShadowClan • A Thief in ThunderClan

Thus, Joe makes an important point: everyone deserves a second chance. Certainly, Pheelan’s widow thinks so, and she writes to the state court demanding that the death penalty be revoked for Ed. The judge is barely interested in the letter, however, and her petition is rejected. Now, the only remaining hopes for the Moons are the Supreme Court and the governor—but the governor, a Republican, is unlikely to offer clemency. Thus, the text highlights how several political agendas factor into imprisonments and punishment, justice the least of them.

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