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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|
October 22, 2017
I don’t see what everyone else sees in this book.
Perhaps that is because I have read so many, many, many books featuring characters dealing with the loss of a loved one? I want to say that is probably the case, but the truth is I constantly read these books and I tend to enjoy them as a general r...
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...
November 08, 2017
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline
Later: I've decided that this book is great for the East Coast, but not so great for the Midwest. Clearly, there are very different mindsets, especially in an urban setting. This just comes across as not polite in the Midwest, but I don't know that the East...
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...
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 22, 2017
an important and lovely story about friendship, creativity and developing healthy coping skills
November 20, 2017
It’s Christmas Eve, and Wallace “Lolly” Rachpaul,12, is walking along 125th Street in Harlem, trying to get home as quickly as he can. Lolly has a new pair of sneakers from his mostly absent dad and he’s not about to let the two older boys following him snatch them off his feet. But when Lolly qu...
July 09, 2017
Disclaimer: I have no knowledge of changes that have occurred in the final version.
I am not a well-read reader when it comes to middle grade novels and so this book did not suit me so well due to the level at which it was at. But this was a book that I wish had been put in my hands when I was in...
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 14, 2017
"Rosamund, when you die, they bury you, but your soul flies to the stars. Your Mama, your daddy-they were buried under the ground, but they're stars now, girl, stars beneath our feet."
Okay seriously where did David Barclay Moore come from and when do I get more? This was hands down an absolute d...