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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

Long Way Down

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-11-05 at 8.36.35 AMby Jason Reynolds, 306 pages, Grades 7 and up

In this novel in verse Will, who is 16 years old, grapples with the idea of street justice; death for a death. He descends in the elevator from his apartment to the street, gun in the waist of jeans, ready to avenge his brother Shawn’s fatal shooting, he is visited by seven ghosts. Each ghost has a story about street justice, “the code,” and the continual cycle of violence. Will is broken hearted about his brother’s murder, what will he decide to do?

If you like novels in verse that tackle difficult topics you might also like Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse, Paper Hearts, by Meg Wiviot, Caminar, by Skila Brown, or The Red Pencil, by Andrea Davis Pinkney.