The Stars Beneath Our Feet

The Stars Beneath Our Feet

Book - 2017
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Unable to celebrate the holidays in the wake of his older brother's death in a gang-related shooting, Lolly Rachpaul struggles to avoid being forced into a gang himself while constructing a fantastically creative LEGO city at the Harlem community center.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524701246
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm


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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.



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.

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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