A Cool Moonlight

ISBN: 0142402842
ISBN 13: 9780142402849
By: Angela Johnson

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Born with a rare and dangerous allergy to sunlight, Lila's spent her life hidden from the daylight-staying covered up and indoors until dark, only venturing outside after the sun has set and the moon's cool light shines. Almost every night, she is visited by two young girls who wear tutus over their jeans and costume fairy wings, and the three of them dance and tell wonderful stories. But while Lila adores her family and her new friends, still she longs to feel the sun's touch. Lila's mysterious friends have promised to help her . . . but how?

Reader's Thoughts


I liked the perspective, and the structure of this book, it was short, sweet, and too the point which I feel worked really well in the books favor. I loved the ending, it was a very nice touch. This book served as a well written palette cleanser, a good change, from something I would normally read. I really enjoyed the two friends of the protagonist, who we don’t know if they are real or imagined; they were interesting characters. I also think it was great of the author to never just outright say if the two little girls were imaginary, or not. I plan on reading more of Angela Johnson's works. Alcohol/ Drugs- None.Sex- No.Violence- Not at all.Swearing- Nope.


Lila has never seen the sun. She is allergic to it. She cn only go out at night. She is still very young, so she plays with imaginary friends. However, she thinks that they are very real. They are like fairies to her. They come out almost every night in fairy wings and play with her. However, she starts taking this too far. She starts seeing them everywhere. She's yelling at her sister to stop the car in the middle of the freeway. But will she be able to forget about these 'friends' and keep her real ones?I gave this book 4 stars because it reminded me of a poetry book. I really just liked the way it was written. There was no magic in this book. It was really just about imaginary friends. But the way the author wrote it made everything seem really magical. In every seen, it was like I was reading a book drawn in watercolors. I loved it.

Jessie Marie

I could not stand reading all in lowercase! It really seemed to slow me down and throw me off. That being said. The viewpoint was well recieved. I could really believe that it was a little girl telling the story. It was written from a very childlike stance, which is great because that's who you are supposed to relate to. I think that is about the only good thing about this book. The writing itself. The story was slow, boring and really had no point.I'm amazed that I actually finished it, even though it was a very quick read. I thought that the end may redeem itself, but I was very wrong. I really don't recommend this book to anyone.

Linda Lipko

This author is one of my favorite YA writers.In this story, eight-year old Lila was born with a dangerous allergy to sunlight. Living a sheltered life with loving parents and an older sister, accustomed to living in darkness, Lila longs for light.Creating magical imaginary friends, Lila plays with the girls who have wings and together they romp in the moonlight.When her friends present her with a bag and tell her they will add items that will allow her to thrive in sunlight, Lila grows hopeful.This is a story of hope and love. While I liked the tale, I was bothered by the authors lack of capitalization. Perhaps there is a metaphor in this, but I failed to be charmed by it.

Simon A.

A very interesting story, and I love the writing style (although--if you read the other reviews--it's obviously not for everyone).

Alex Li

During Lila whole life since she was 8 years old she cant see the light with her skin. She have a rare condition called xeroderma pigmentosum. When lila touching the sunlight it burns her skin and she can go blind so she only can come out at the night. I think that this is a bad condition to have b/c i can feel how hurt the sun can do to her. i dont know if there is any ppl in real life that have it but it's a hard thing to survive ur whole life in.

Keyana Miller

The book is really cute and and creative, but it can get confusing with how simplistic the writing style is. It leaves many things left unsaid and you have to create your own ideas in some things that happen in the story. Overall, it's a lovely little book to read when you have time and you're in the mood for something a little different.


I love Angela Johnson so much that I feel that I need to explain such a low rating. I just didn't understand this book! I know that it had much deeper meaning than I could find. My meh feeling about it is solely "operator error" because I know that when Johnson puts pen to paper, she is magic.

Michael Kemp

A Cool Moonlight is a beautifully written story about a girl named Lilia. Lilia has a rare disorder where she cannot go out in the sunlight; therefore, she doesn't have much interaction with her peers. She studies in the dim light of her kitchen. If she ever does go out, she has to slather up the sunscreen and put on sunglasses so that she doesn't go blind.She begins to meet some friends at night and have nighttime adventures with them. They talk to her about her sun bag, which is a bag that if she fills it, she's be able to go outside during the day and not live in darkness any more. However, no one else has ever met her friends, and as her next birthday approaches she begins to wonder why this is. She also grows to become confused about the sun bad and how it will fix her.This is a very unique story told with a very unique voice. I enjoyed it because it almost seemed like reading poetry. I liked the voice and the character. She was interesting and fun to read about.

Abby R.

A cool moonlight by Angela Johnson 133 pages Fiction This book is about a girl who is born with a deadly disease. Lila has spent her life hiding in the shadows. Lila basically spends all of the daytime in the house. But when nighttime falls Lila is out playing around with her two friends. Her two friends will come along now and then and keep Lila company. Lila's two friends say they are going to help her with her disease. But how? I really liked this book. One of the reasons I liked it was because one all of the characters seemed to be thought out really well. Like Lila why she couldn't go outside was well rare. Lila's two friends from their personalities to the way they acted and played was thought out awesomely. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to find out what it's like to never be outside during the day. I could never imagine not playing outside during the day I love playing outside.

Adji Diatta

I think that this book is really good so far. Even though I dont know what her name is. I think its really weird how she cant go out in the sunlight. Because there is something wrong with her chromosomes. They can't protect her from the sunlight.

B. Hale

** spoiler alert ** I really felt sorry for the little girl who was allergic to the sun but I must say she had the greatest big sister ever, during high school she would go to Lila’s school to put sunscreen on her EVERY TWO HOURS faithfully until Lila was able to trust her teacher enough to do it. She also chose to stay home instead of live on campus so she can stay with Lila, she always took her to the city and to visit with her college friends and she actually even hung out with her one on one just because. They we so close even though they were nine years apart and I just loved that. I wanted to know more about Elizabeth and Alyssa, like were they imaginary or what? And if they weren’t why did she see them or think she saw them in the grocery store? How come no one else seemed to notice them? And if they were imaginary, how come no questioned these friends she always went on about, who were the little girls she saw dancing in the window of the creepy house, who was giving her the sunlight bags and why were the contents of them so bright, what was in them, why did we never really know of her plan, seeing as her birthday party was at night, why did all the fireflies land on her, who the heck was Elizabeth and Alyssa really? I mean didn’t her Mom talk to/see Alyssa? There’s just so many unanswered questions in this book. Had it ended nice and had no loose ends I would have enjoyed this book because the characters were very lovable. I just flew through and just when I was trying to piece together what everything I had read so far could mean, I was about two pages from the end of the book an it was crazy…all in all it was a nice viewing mirror into the world of someone, especially a young child who can’t be in the sun.


The ways Lila chooses to deal with her problem are adorable!! However, at the end of the story I still had an unanswered question: I wonder if she was imagining her friends the whole time because they ignore her at one point and it creeped me out a little bit but it is worth reading because the resolution to the story is heartwarming.


A Cool Moonlight is about a young girl named Lila. She has a dangerous allergy to sunlight. When sunlight touches her, her body gets burned (kind of). Also her vision can go bad. So, she always uses sun block and sunglasses. She has two friends, Alyssa and Elizabeth. They come to her at night. They promise to help her go out during the day. After reading this book, I made a text-to-self connection. Actually, I moved to the U.S. in January so I can’t speak English well. Teachers help me to do homework and sometimes it’s hard to communicate with my friends and Americans. That is a connection point between me and Lila. Lila can’t go out during the day, so she can’t communicate with the outside. I would definitely give this book 4 stars. Lila is so cute. She is eight years old. She wants to know everything and loves shopping cart racing with her father. This book describes her pureness and naivety as well. However, at the beginning of this book. It doesn’t describe Alyssa and Elizabeth so it was confusing me. I want to propose this book to anyone who likes stories about a cute little girl.

Carly costello

a girl named lila has skin condition that prevent from giong out into the sun.on a cool moonlight night she meets to friend who may not be real. Does lila ever get to go back out into the sun? Read this book and find out what happens

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