Wednesday, June 6, 2018


The Stars Beneath Our Feet

Wallace "Lolly" Rachpaul is still mourning the loss of his older brother. He and his mother are finding it difficult to move on after the tragedy.

To keep at least his hands busy, Lolly takes apart his collection of Lego kits and begins to create a model city. His imaginary world grows and grows until it outgrows the bedroom Lolly shared with his late brother.

When Lolly is invited to move his Lego building to the local after school center he attends, he meets Big Rose. She's rather odd and prefers to be alone, but she seems interested in Lolly's Lego structure. After watching him for weeks, she begins to build her own structures, some of which are remarkable replicas of famous New York City landmarks.

Living in the projects presents Lolly and his friends with dangerous elements and challenging situations, but Lolly's love of building and his newfound friendship help him deal with the loss of his brother and allow him to find new meaning through art.

Author David Barclay Moore deftly captures life in the inner city with his likeable characters and their unique artistic expression. A perfect, inspirational read for middle grade readers. 

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