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?

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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.

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.

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.


** spoiler alert ** Lila was born with xeroderma pigmentosun, a skin disease that makes her extremely sensitive to the sun. She is home schooled by her mother, and sleeps during the day and plays during the night. Her two friends Elizabeth and Alyssa often join her for these nighttime romps in the backyard, wearing tutus and fairy wings. They always disappear under the fence before the sun comes up and before anyone else can see them. For Lila’s ninth birthday she wants to be able to go out in the sun, and she enlists the helps of Elizabeth and Alyssa to make a “sun bag.” In the end Lila realizes that her friends don’t really exist (she has others) and that no matter how much she may want it, she is only a moonchild, and will never be able to see the sun. Stylistically, this book was different: no capitalization was used throughout the novel, perhaps to make it seem more like the point of view of an 8 year old. I thought the main thing missing in this novel was hope, which would have been greatly appreciated. I wouldn’t recommend this for young readers, despite the main characters age, because I think they would miss the true essence of the story. Although, I probably wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone come to think of it.


I thought this book was very good! The author Angela Johnson is very creative and the way she thought and made this girl have the power of sunlight in her the whole time even if she couldn't really go outside.Really, an outstanding book! The charecters seemed real and not fake like most of the books people read way better.


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.


Lila is allergic to sunlight. She has a two friends that may or may not be real. It is written in such a way that its filled with wonder and magic.

Penny McGill

It's written in a beautiful style that might inspire kids to try this style. The main character is living with XP and has some exciting visitors and a wonderful family who support her. I'd even suggest it to an older reader just for the pleasure of reading it.

Rain Misoa

Ah, such a cute little read. I like this book. It was short but very sweet. I've never read a book that was centered around the disease Xeroderma Pigmentosum so I was interested in Angela Johnson's spin on the rare skin disease. However, this is by no means a dark book. It was very light and sometimes fluffy. I thought it was a pretty good book to read in just one sitting. I was a little disappointed with how, besides not being able to be in the sun and other UV-Rays, we didn't learn much else from the disease. However, we did get something more sweet instead so it made up for it.Johnson's writing style is not for me. I was rather annoyed with how there were absolutely no capital letters in the book. Also, at times it felt like the book was written by a two-year-old because the writing style was too simplistic. I understand the fact that it was written from a eight/nine-year-olds point of view but I think the author could have written it a bit more creatively than just making it too simple. I felt like I was back in grade school reading this even though it's supposed to be for young adults. I don't know... maybe if it was directed towards elementary school students than I would understand her choice for writing the book like this. But it wasn't, hence, I'm annoyed.The story was cute, though. I really enjoyed Lila's character. She's so young and innocent and only wants to find a way to be in the sun without having to have layers of clothes and wear big sunglasses. I understood her longing and I felt like I just wanted to jump into the book so that I can help her as well. Alyssa and Elizabeth are two girls who appear to Lila at night to play with her and claim they can help her be in the sunlight. They were fun and adorable little girls. Monk, Lila's sister, was very caring and understanding. Lila's father sounded like a cool dad that always treated Lila as his angel. Lila's mother was a bit a stick-in-the-mud but it goes within reason. She wants the best for her daughter and I don't blame her for being strict at times. Then there's David. I love that little boy. He is such a good friend to Lila even though he goes to a different school and sometimes can't always be there to spend some time with her since he needs to be up and about during the day. I love the characters in this book and the ending to the story was just so sweet. It gives you a sense of relief and tells you that Lila is a very strong little girl and will be able to handle her disease.This was a very cute novel. I am glad I read it. It shows that even if things seems to be difficult, with a little faith and heart, you will be able to overcome anything. I know I had some issues with the writing style and you may have some, too, but I don't think you should let that stop you from reading this sweet book. The concept for the book is very creative and it does let you see some of how the daily life is with someone that has Xeroderma Pigmentosum. I enjoyed this book. You should check it out if you haven't alreay!

Beth G.

Nearly-nine-year-old Lila lives in the dark, forced out of the sunlight by a skin condition. She has a plan for getting into the light, though, with the help of two mysterious friends. Who are Alyssa and Elizabeth, and why do they disappear whenever anyone else is around? Lila's distinctive voice sounds almost like poetry, creating intense images for the reader to share. The characters are intriguing, and Lila's secretive plans will keep older children and adults alike turning the pages.


THERE ARE NO CAPITOL LETTERS IN THE ENTIRE BOOK AND IT'S REALLY BUGGING ME. It also lacks plot and we never findout if those girls are real.


It was a cute book, but the ending confused me about how she doesn't see Alyssa and Elizabeth like she used to and the part where Lila, David, and Jackie go up to the house with the buzzing noise. Also the lowercase letters were a little annoying. Other than that I liked it.


I learned a lot about a skin condition in which a girl is deathly allergic to the sun.


Lila is a nearly nine year old girl who has a sever allergy to the sun. Her often lonely nocturnal life has caused her to create a couple imaginary friends to come and dance in the moon light with her and pass the lonely hours. Cute little read but nothing really to it.

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