“There is only one way to get there, my child. You must learn to love. . . You must learn to give your heart away.”
“Lily and the City of Light” tells the story of Lily, a young orphan girl, who dreams of leaving her dark village and going to the City of Light. But when she learns from an old messenger that the secret to getting there lies in making a great sacrifice, she faces a difficult challenge. Readers of this heartwarming story will journey alongside Lily in her quest for the great city as she meets lots of colorful characters and learns both the pain and joy that come from learning to love.
Author Lindsay Bonilla was inspired to write Lily and the City of Light during her senior year at Northwestern University. The idea for the story literally hit her out of the blue one day, and she had to race to her computer to get the ideas and text down as fast as they were coming to her. Along with her college fellowship group, Bonilla dramatized the story and shared it with children in Trinidad during a spring break trip, but after that the story sat in a binder gathering dust while Bonilla pursued her passion for acting, moved to Spain, moved back home, and got married. Seven years later during a transitional time in her theatre career, Bonilla rediscovered the manuscript and decided to dust it off and send it to publishers. It eventually found a home at Guardian Angel Publishing, and Bonilla couldn't be happier about sharing her story with young readers and their families.
“Stories are powerful,” says Bonilla. “We tend to think they are exclusively for children, but they speak to adults as well. It's crazy how many times I've thought about Lily's story over the past few months and been challenged by how far I fall short when it comes to truly loving others.”
Bonilla hopes that the book will inspire readers to love fully and believe in their dreams. As reviewer Nancy Carty Lepri says: “This delightful story, enhanced by whimsical illustrations, shows the sacrifice of giving one’s heart away while learning how to love unconditionally. A fantasy tale, this not only teaches a lesson, but offers a source of wonder and joy.”
Lindsay Bonilla is living her dreams as an author, actress, world traveler, and storyteller. As the founder and director of World of Difference, Ltd., a touring theatrical storytelling company, she visits libraries, schools and other venues, sharing her interactive and educational performances of folktales with audiences of all ages while at the same time inspiring the imagination and instilling a love for learning and literacy. She lives in North Canton, OH with her husband and biggest supporter, Estith. Visit Lindsay on the web at: http://www.lindsaybonilla.blogspot.com and http://www.worldofdiff.org
Lily and the City of Light, by Lindsay Bonilla
Illustrated by Alexander Morris
Publication Date: October 28, 2010
20 pages soft cover
Published by Guardian Angel Publishing
Available at all major online bookstores, at http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com, or by ordering at any bookstore through Ingrams.
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Lindsay Bonilla is an author, actress,and storyteller. Her first book, "Lily and the City of Light," was published by Guardian Angel Publishing in 2010. She is also the Founder and Director of World of Difference, Ltd., a theatrical storytelling company.