Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

A Believable Tale You Won't Want To Put Down

This is a glimpse into the life of Wallace "Lolly" Rachpaul, a grieving, angry boy who is attempting to work through the death of his older brother. He and his family reside in a housing project in Harlem where he is surrounded by all sorts of influences that can easily pull a person into a hard life.

The characters that encircle Lolly are diverse and very believable. His friends say that Lolly has two mothers: his birth mother and her good friend, a toy-store security guard named Yvonne. Yvonne has tried to help Lolly recover from the loss of his brother by providing him with Lego's from the store where she works, something she knows he loves to build with.

Jermaine, the older brother, lost his life to the drug-hustling underworld of Harlem. 

Vega, who is from the Dominican Republic, is Lolly's best friend. 

Mr. Ali is a social worker with a story of his own. 

And of course, there is Big Rose, who by the way doesn’t like to be called Big. Rose is constantly made fun of because of her size and "different" behavior. 

Lolly's father makes a few entrances and the reader gets insights into what has been going on with him. 

These characters feel so true-to-life and each stands out with their own inner struggles.

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: Nothing.

What I Liked Most: The story covers a myriad of things as it depicts the life of a 12-year-old boy in a New York housing project. It easily kept my interest, though there was no building plot of one certain subject. It was the day to day life of people living in Harlem that kept me turning the pages. It was the well-developed characters that I wanted to learn more about. It was getting to see who the person is beneath the shell that is being bullied daily, Rose. It was an eye-opening experience. 

I highly recommend this book.

Author: David Barclay Moore 
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 2017)
Hardcover: 304 pages

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