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A Cool Moonlight

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Lyrical tale of girl who must avoid sunlight.

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This lyrical meditation on the world of night moves slowly, softly, and subtly. Many children will find it dull. But for some it will open their eyes to a part of their own world they may not have noticed or thought about.

Setting is everything here: Aside from Lila, none of the characters is more than a shadow, and there is little action or plot, no great drama or emotional climax. Like the nighttime world, everything is toned down, quieter, rendered in faded blues and grays. Nothing stands out too much in the night -- even the capital letters are gone. 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.

Book Details

  • Author: Angela Johnson
  • Genre: Family Life
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Dial Books
  • Publication date: November 9, 2003
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 12
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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