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?
About the Author
Angela Johnson has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels The First Part Last, Heaven, and Toning the Sweep. The First Part Last was also the recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award. Her books for younger readers include the Coretta Scott King Honor Book When I Am Old with You, illustrated by David Soman; Wind Flyers and I Dream of Trains, both illustrated by Loren Long; and Lottie Paris Lives Here and its sequel, Lottie Paris and the Best Place, both illustrated by Scott M. Fischer. She is also the author of the picture books A Sweet Smell of Roses, Just Like Josh Gibson, The Day Ray Got Away, and All Different Now. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio.
Read an Excerpt
I don't remember the sun.
I don't remember the sun or how my sister, Monk, says it warms you up and feels good on your face after dark sunless days in February. Have there ever been sunless days? I can't remember any of them. Do I just not remember or is my sister making up stories like she always does?
I will ask Elizabeth and Alyssa. They will know.
Elizabeth will probably just smile and whisper softly.
Alyssa will laugh loudly and jump around.
They know everything. Secrets and light. Light and secrets. They will know under the shadows of the vining moonflowers that we planted together in May. They will know as we move back and forth on the glider that sits in front of the fence that's protected by the old willow in our backyard.
They will know even though they say that they don't remember the sun either. I think that's just their way of being polite, like mama says people who come over for tea parties in my storybooks are.
Elizabeth and Alyssa will know because they are the best friends a girl who can't remember the sun or ever feel it on her face could have.
What People are Saying About This
Poignant, evocative, and as lingering as sunburn, Lila's story is one of courage, hope, and dreams. (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book, and can't stop reading it. I've read it three times and counting. Lila is a spunky believer with a great outlook on life. It was a really touching book.
Lila will change the way you feel about life. She is a strong girl and will never give up.
The book 'a cool moonlight' takes you away to another world. You start to relize what it must be like not to ever see or feel the sun. But Lila keeps dreaming and knows someday her dreams will come true.
A simply beautful book. Lila will touch your heart.