The Stars Beneath Our FeetBook - 2017
It's Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren't celebrating. They're still reeling from his older brother's death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly's mother's girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything- two enormous bags filled with Legos. Lolly's always loved Legos, and he prides himself on following the kit instructions exactly. Now, faced with a pile of building blocks and no instructions, Lolly must find his own way forward.
His path isn't clear-and the pressure to join a ocrew,o as his brother did, is always there. When Lolly and his friend are beaten up and robbed, joining a crew almost seems like the safe choice. But building a fantastical Lego city at the community center provides Lolly with an escape-and an unexpected bridge back to the world.a
David Barclay Moore paints a powerful portrait of a boy teetering on the edge-of adolescence, of grief, of violence-and shows how Lolly's inventive spirit helps him build a life with firm foundations and open doors.
o The Stars Beneath Our Feet ais the book I've been waiting for. Rarely do you see this side of New York rendered so authentically and generously. So much heart here. And so much talent.o -Matt de la Pe a, Newbery Award-winning author of Last Stop on Market Street
oThe Stars Beneath Our Feet ais a fast and furious read in which we meet some amazing people, people that stay with us. David Barclay Moore is an exciting new voice. We definitely haven't heard the last of his brilliance.o -Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery Honor and National Book Award-winning of Brown Girl Dreaming
From Library Staff
LPL_JennyC Feb 05, 2018
Lolly has lost his brother to gun violence and now he’s so angry all the time. How can he escape the pressure of his unbearable feelings? Kids want him to join their gangs and he's always on the lookout when he walks home. One night he throws all his Legos to the floor in frustration and when he ... Read More »