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Nine-year-old Lila, born with xeroderma pigmentosum, a skin disease that makes her allergic to sunlight, makes secret plans to feel the sun's rays on her tenth birthday. 25,000 first printing.
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Angela Johnson has received a great many awards for her novels, poetry collections, and picture books, including two Coretta Scott King Awards (for Toning the Sweep and Heaven) and two Coretta Scott King Honors. Her books have appeared on the ALA Notable, Best Books for Young Adults, and Quick Pick lists, and have been selected as best books of the year by School Library Journal, Booklist, and BCCB.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-7-"i don't remember the sun. i don't remember the sun or how my sister, monk, says it warms you up-." So begins Lila's unusual, gentle, almost ethereal narration. She has lived in a reverse world for all of her almost nine years, unable to go out in daylight because of a condition called xeroderma pigmentosum, a "defect that made me sensitive to light. the sun. uv rays. some streetlights." Lila goes to a coffee shop called the Fallen Angel with Monk, 18, in her jalopy and has a nighttime friendship with two girls only she sees. The mysterious, perhaps otherworldly Alyssa and Elizabeth recede as Lila celebrates her ninth birthday in a poignant scene in her backyard. Fireflies gently envelop her, a moment shared and enjoyed by her family and neighbors. Lila gradually accepts that being a "moon girl" is just as good as being a "sun goddess." Recognizing that she is different, that her light is softer than the sun, bolsters Lila's inner strength and ultimate self-acceptance. The writing is lyrical and fluid, and uses no capitalization, but captures a child's feelings. "i feel like i've been eight for practically a hundred years-. if i stay eight any longer, I will have gray hair when I turn nine-." This small, poetic book requires a special reader, but those who meet Lila are likely to remember her.
Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library
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Book Description Dial, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0803728468
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