A Cool Moonlight by Angela Johnson

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With breathtaking lyricism, Angela Johnson shares the thoughts and dreams of an extraordinary girl named Lila. Born with an unusual and dangerous allergy to the sun, nine-year-old Lila can only be outside at night. She plays by the light of the moon, and her playmates are two mysterious girls who wear tutus and costume wings, and often show up when Lila is alone. Lila longs to feel the warmth of the sun on her skin, and with the help of her friends she is making a plan to do so.

Uniquely touching, A Cool Moonlight is that rare novel that wraps tightly around you and leaves you forever changed. A novel about courage and hope and the healing power of love.
 

About Angela Johnson

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Angela Johnson has received a great many awards for her novels, poetry collections, and picture books, including two Coretta Scott King Awards (for Toning the Sweep and Heaven) and two Coretta Scott King Honors. Her books have appeared on the ALA Notable, Best Books for Young Adults, and Quick Pick lists, and have been selected as best books of the year by School Library Journal, Booklist, and BCCB.
 
Published September 29, 2003 by Dial. 144 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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According to PW , "In lyrical language, the author raises intriguing themes of the supernatural, the lure of nighttime and the heroine's yearning for the sun."

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Johnson (I Dream of Trains , reviewed above) raises intriguing themes of the supernatural, the lure of nighttime and the heroine's yearning for the sun, but d

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Common Sense Media

Lila's disease, though explained clearly, is mere pretext for the cool, dim setting, and a catalyst for changes that are universal: growing up, sorting fantasy from reality, making and keeping friends, finding one's place in the world.

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Because of a rare condition called xeroderma pigmentosum, sunshine and some artificial light have always been eight-year-old Lila's enemy.

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