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The Stars Beneath Our Feet

Monday, November 5th, 2018

9781524701246David Barclay Moore, 294 pages, Grades 5-8

Lolly’s favorite thing to do is build with legos, and it is building that helps him cope when his brother is shot and killed in a gang related incident. When Lolly builds his imaginary cities he creates games and characters and kind of escapes into his fantasy world. Grown-ups around him can see this lego building is helping him feel better; his mom’s girlfriend keeps bringing him discarded blocks from her job, the after school teacher has set aside a big place where he can build and add to his structures day after day, and even though Lolly thinks he prefers this private, quiet space and time, he has to admit it does get more fun when the after school teacher makes him share his space with Rose.

If you enjoy stories about overcoming the death of a loved one you might also enjoy: The Boy in the Black Suit, by Jason Reynolds. If you like books that deal with social justice issues, you might also enjoy: Hold Fast, by Blue Balliett, or The Sky at our Feet, by Nadia Hashimi