The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore | SLJ Audio Review

Gr 5-8 –Twelve-year-old Wallace, whom everyone calls Lolly, resides in Harlem with his mother. His older brother’s recent gang-related murder has left Lolly with raw, unresolved emotions.

redstarMOORE, David Barclay. The Stars Beneath Our Feet. 5 CDs. 6:17 hrs. Listening Library. Sept. 2017. $45. ISBN 9781524782474. digital download.

Gr 5-8 –Twelve-year-old Wallace, whom everyone calls Lolly, resides in Harlem with his mother. His older brother’s recent gang-related murder has left Lolly with raw, unresolved emotions. His mom’s partner brings Lolly two garbage bags full of LEGOs from the toy store where she works; the journey unfolds from there. Lolly finds his path via the ever-evolving LEGO constructions. This debut novel lacks profanity, yet Moore doesn’t shy away from critical issues: bullying, gun violence, police brutality, child protective services, and autism. He’s created a believable self-discovery story in which the will to survive is achieved by channeling a talent and by the support of friends and family. Nile Bullock provides excellent narration and the author contributes his insights at the novel’s conclusion. VERDICT Recommended purchase for all middle schools and most upper elementary collections.–Deb Whitbeck, formerly at West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI This review was published in the School Library Journal December 2017 issue.

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