The Stars Beneath Our Feet

The Stars Beneath Our Feet

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"The right story at the right time. . . . It's not just a narrative; it's an experience. It's the novel we've been waiting for." -- The New York Times

A boy tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother's death in this outstanding debut novel that celebrates community and creativity.

** WINNER OF THE CORETTA SCOTT KING JOHN STEPTOE AWARD FOR NEW TALENT! **

MICHAEL B. JORDAN TO DIRECT MOVIE ADAPTATION!

SIX STARRED REVIEWS!

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 "crew," 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.

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.

MORE PRAISE FOR THE STARS BENEATH OUR FEET :

A New York Times Notable Book
A Time Magazine Top 10 Children's Books of the Year
A Boston Globe Best Children's Book of the Year
A Publisher's Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year
A YALSA Quick Pick
An ALA Notable Book

" 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." --Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery Honor and National Book Award-winning of Brown Girl Dreaming

" The Stars Beneath Our Feet is about the weight of the world on the back of a child, and the creative tools necessary to alleviate that pressure. I found myself rooting for Lolly, and you will too." --Jason Reynolds, Coretta Scott King Honor Winner for As Brave As You
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524701246
1524701246
9781524701253
1524701254
Branch Call Number: j F MOORE D
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm

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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 »


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This story is written through the perspective of Lolly, a 12 year old boy who is trying to figure out how to handle the loss of his older brother, along with some other issues.

The book started out incredibly slow, which is a downfall for me. It didn’t really start to pick up and become interesting until the last 80 or so pages. Most of the characters were somewhat lacking in likeability, but I did appreciate the diversity of the cast. The only character I found myself actually enjoying was Rosamund.

In my opinion, what this book didn't provide was a solid plotline. From the first few chapters, I presumed that this was a story about overcoming grief and coping with the loss of a loved one, but it was not. The plot kept jumping from storyline to storyline and I often felt like I was reading a completely different book every few chapters.

What I did enjoy was the creative aspect of the book and the bond that developed between Lolly and Rosamund through their passion for Lego. I liked reading the parts where these two characters would spend their time after school building their own cities made of Lego. The cover of this book beautifully showcases this aspect of the story.

All in all, I think what this book really needed was one plot line that it would follow throughout the entire course of the story to make it more cohesive.

-Shae-Lynn

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brangwinn
Feb 13, 2018

How do you find your way and take the high road when you live in a project in Harlem? How do you come to terms with your brother’s murder, when you know your brother is involved in criminal activities? Luckily, Lolly is able to think for himself and is surrounded by adults who care for him, whether it is his mother, her girlfriend, or the man who owns the bodega where Lolly shops. Moore tells a well thought out story with believable characters. These aren’t goody goody kids, these are real kids with real problems.

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darladoodles
Feb 09, 2018

This story really grew on me. It was believable and we watched Lolly growing and changing in a realistic way in relation to his environment and experiences. Loved the way the book on architecture and the Legos transformed the lives of him and his friends. A great read for middle grade boys, especially those who love to build with Legos.

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 starts to rebuild with them a new path opens for him...
I loved this book! The characters are fresh and authentic, the writing flows, and the story of Lolly at his breaking point feels vitally important. Highly recommended for 10 and up!

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