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A Cool Moonlight

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  429 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
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 wonder ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 21st 2005 by Puffin Books (first published 2003)
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Nov 24, 2008 Joanne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who are logical
Recommended to Joanne by: Saw it in school library
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Michael Haley
Jul 01, 2016 Michael Haley rated it did not like it
Maybe if I had read this before watching Chi-raq, I would have found it to be less intensely boring. Then again, maybe Lee's film is simply a reminder that a work of fiction has to excite as much as it moves, and A Cool Moonlight didn't do much of either.
Linda Lipko
Aug 01, 2013 Linda Lipko rated it did not like it
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.

Jessie Marie
Jul 16, 2009 Jessie Marie rated it it was ok
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 th
Abigail Morales
Sep 15, 2016 Abigail Morales rated it really liked it
I read the book called “A Cool Moonlight,” I find this book really interesting because it based on this girl named Lila and Lila was born with xeroderma pigmentosum and she has friends at night that visit her. When I first started reading this book I was like nah I don’t like it but later on I kept on reading. I found myself with 8 chapters done in one day I was pretty surprised. I recommend you guys to read this story because it’s an interesting and strange story. Trust me you will like it. I w ...more
Kayla Rodriguez
Apr 28, 2016 Kayla Rodriguez rated it liked it

This book, "A Cool Moonlight", by Angela Johnson was definitely a good read. The book is about a girl who has a rare skin disease called Xeroderma Pigmentosum, which flares up from exposure to sunlight. It was very enlightening to read about her struggles being a young girl with such a disease.
Although this book seems like a dark and twisted book by looking at the cover, it’s actually very heartwarming. The book really makes you look at things from a different perspective, and it almost makes
Hannah DeMont
Dec 11, 2015 Hannah DeMont rated it it was amazing
Eight-year old Lila was born with a dangerous allergy to sunlight. Lila was surrounded with nothing but love from her family and darkness from hiding from the sun. She longed to see the light and feel it on her face, but could only get as close as the moon. She created imaginary friends, Alyssa and Elizabeth who wore fairy wings, but for some reason always disappeared when other people were around.

This story strongly shows the theme of friendship, and finding happiness in what you have. Although
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.
Stephanie Smith
First off I love this author. Her writing is always heartbreakingly beautiful and this book is no exception. However, there was one this and one thing only that kept me from giving this book 5 stars and that was the complete lack of capitalization anywhere in the book. It was so utterly distracting I almost put the book down after three chapters. I don't know if the style choice was made because the main protagonist is only 8 and they wanted you to feel her immaturity but if that's it it failed. ...more
Nov 10, 2015 Laurendemont rated it really liked it
A Cool Moonlight, by Angela Johnson is definitely different than an everyday book you would read! This book defiantly kept me wanting to read it.
This book is about a young girl with a skin allergy to the sunlight and other certain lights. Lila stays inside her dark house all day and is only allowed outside at night. Her dream ever since she was a little girl was to walk in the warm sunlight. Lila’s two friends help her get over that desire and to just accept how she is. A few downfalls of this b
Characters With Disabilities
Genre: Contemporary realistic fiction
Character Type: Main Character
Character Role: Victim
Character Age: Child
Setting: Inclusionary
Theme: friendship
Plot - where the disability is mentioned: Main Plot
Author's Purpose: to tell a good story
Is the character portrayed in a positive image (empathy not pity, acceptance not ridicule): Yes
Use of Language (people first?): Appropriate
Overall Representation - Disability portrayed realistically? Yes
Summary: Lila, born with xerderma pigmentosum, a ski
Jul 03, 2009 Andrea rated it really liked it
I learned a lot about a skin condition in which a girl is deathly allergic to the sun.
Jul 15, 2015 Selena rated it liked it
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A Cool Moonlight by Angela Johnson (2003): Lila lives a sheltered existence with her supportive family, an existence devoid of sunlight and capital letters. But her secret moonlight playmates have a plan that will allow her to overcome her allergy to sunlight and to finally experience daylight.

This story is told by eight-year-old Lila, providing an interesting perspective for a YA novel since the reader will likely be older (and in some ways wiser) than Lila, but at the same time Lila’s experien
B. Hale
Nov 12, 2011 B. Hale rated it really liked it
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Rain Misoa
Mar 14, 2011 Rain Misoa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elementary Readers
Recommended to Rain by: Library
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 f ...more
May 13, 2009 Asenath rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-lit
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May 14, 2010 Youngji rated it really liked it
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 ho
Feb 04, 2010 Alicia rated it liked it
This book is about this girl who's never been to public school before. She is homed school and she has two friends who no one could see but her. Every time she tries to have the people in her family meet her two friends they never show up. The main people in this book are Lila, Lila's mother and father, Monk (her big sister), David (Lila's best friend), Alyssa, Elizabeth. Alyssa and Elizabeth are Lila's two new friends, they are here to help Lila with her problem. Lila's problem is that the sun ...more
Michael Kemp
Jun 22, 2010 Michael Kemp rated it really liked it
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
Abby R.
Jan 16, 2013 Abby R. rated it really liked it
A cool moonlight by Angela Johnson
133 pages

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 beca
Dec 16, 2015 Bianca rated it it was amazing
i think the book A cool Moonlight by Angela Johnson is a great story. It was about a little girl Lila and she's allergic to the sun. All shes ever really know was the moon and the dark. She has a dream to be able to see and feel the sun. Along the way she meets some very mysterious friends. Her friends want to try and help make her dream come true. All Lila has to do is believe.
Jan 31, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-english-356, 2012
I found this a very enjoyable book, also a quick and easy read. Definitely something different from my normal choice of books. The main character is a sweet girl, and the storyline is just as sweet. As the girl is a pre-teen, she has a limited view of the world, especially since she cannot go outside due to her being allergic to the sun.

I'd recommend this for anyone who loves quick books, but also loves sweet stories. Of course, if there is anybody like me who enjoys darker books that have magic
Jun 11, 2010 Ali rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Apr 09, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
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.
Caroline (Cary)
Lila has a rare illness that makes her very sensitive to sunlight. She can't be exposed to the sun at all, so she stays inside during the day, being home-schooled by her mother. She is socially isolated with a vivid imagination. This book tells the story of the months approaching her ninth birthday, while she and her two imaginary friends are trying to find a way to cure her of her disease. Lila narrates the story with simple vocabulary, avoiding most capitalization, which can be somewhat unsett ...more
Apr 17, 2014 Crystal rated it liked it
This book felt like a dream, I was always wondering what Lila was waiting for and what the bag was for? Were the friends real? It was a magical ride with an interesting ending.
Jan 31, 2012 Jamie rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
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 sa ...more
Cheyenne L.
Apr 16, 2015 Cheyenne L. rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite and most cherished books to date. I first read this when I was about 8 or 9 years old-that was 11 years ago and I still love this book.
Mar 24, 2015 Alexa rated it really liked it
Short and sweet with beautiful language and writing. The characters were nice, too; they felt rather real and interesting.
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