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written and illustrated by Ian De Haes


Nour loves the luminous glow she was born with, but it’s only when it starts to dim that she discovers the true power of her brilliant light.

Nour has a superpower: she glows. Her light shines so bright, she feels like a star in the night sky. But when kids at school notice her glow, they’re not impressed. If she had a real superpower, they say, she could fly or turn invisible. So Nour stops feeling special. And as her light dims, her world darkens . . . until a nighttime cry from her baby sister shows her how powerful her glow can be.

Ian De Haes’s heartfelt story and radiant illustrations highlight themes of self-confidence, bravery, empathy, and the imaginative power of a strong female protagonist—whose name means light in Arabic.


“[A] lovely story, whose emotional depth stands up to many readings . . . Warm and satisfying.”
—Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 01/21/20

“This is such a special book for children to read–all the important messages of compassion, confidence, empathy, and self-love are all rolled into this beautiful story.”
—Youth Services Book Review, *starred review, 01/01/20

“A tender narrative about self-image with striking illustrations.”
—Publishers Weekly, 01/09/2020