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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.
|Title||:||The Stars Beneath Our Feet|
|Number of Pages||:||304 pages|
April 04, 2017
A beautiful glimpse into the life of a grieving young boy on the cusp of a number of decisions that will determine the direction of his life, my favorite thing about this amazing book was the way it perfectly highlighted the contradictory nature of black-male adolescence: Lolly is very much a kid...
June 11, 2017
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline
Wallace (Lolly) Rauchpaul lives with his mother and her girlfriend Yvonne in the St. Nick projects in Harlem; his father visits infrequently but does occasionally stop by. The family is struggling with the fairly recent shooting death of Lolly's older brothe...
July 17, 2017
So on point with the dialogue and perspectives of tweens growing up in urban America -- still kids, like any twelve or thirteen year old, but sometimes dealing with some very grown-up stuff as best they can.
Super smart about the extra pressures placed on young men and women of color to grow up fa...
July 22, 2017
an important and lovely story about friendship, creativity and developing healthy coping skills
September 21, 2017
Twelve-year-old Wallace (Lolly) Rachpaul is carrying some heavy baggage as he continues to mourn the death of his older brother Jermaine. Although his mother and her partner try to provide him with the support and love he needs, Lolly blames himself for his brother's death and feels the anger gro...
October 20, 2017
I feel like it takes a lot to be surprised by a realistic fiction novel anymore... and The Stars Beneath Our Feet definitely did (surprise me, that is), but slowly; as slowly and methodically as a twelve-year-old constructing a city out of Legos. I finished it yesterday and needed to think before...
July 11, 2017
4 1/2 stars. Twelve year-old Lolly has a lot on his plate. He's a regular kid with a passion for Lego's, but, as he and his best friend Vega both know, the world of navigating his 'crew' divided neighborhood gets far more complicated once you are no longer a little kid. What makes it far worse is...
September 27, 2017
Like many 12-year-olds, Lolly Rachpaul is just trying to be himself. His father treats parenting like a part-time job, his mother is enjoying her new girlfriend and his big brother is dead. While Lolly tries to maneuver the streets of Harlem, he can’t quite shake his brother’s murder. His escape?...
August 26, 2017
3.5 stars, 5/6&up
Still trying to come to terms with his older brother's gang-related death, 12 yo Lolly (Wallace) isn't really looking forward to the holidays. With his father barely in the picture, money not easy to come by, and gang members and bullies dogging his every move, Lolly is hard...
July 06, 2017
(NB: This review is based on an ARC copy produced prior to publication)
As a reader, I thoroughly enjoyed The Stars Beneath Our Feet. I found Lolly's journey through the emotional morass left in the wake of his brother's murder to be deeply compelling, tightly written, and honest. There are moment...