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The Stars Beneath Our Feet

ISBN-10: 1524701270
ISBN-13: 9781524701277
Author: Moore, David Barclay
Interest Level: 5-9
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Publication Date: January 2019

Copyright: 2017

Page Count: 304


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Interest Level

Grades 5-9

Reading Level

Guided Reading: Z+
Lexile: 650L
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.4
Accelerated Reader Points: 8.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Death & Dying

Description
A boy tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother's death in this outstanding debut novel that's been described as a "fast and furious read in which we meet some amazing people, people that stay with us" by Newbery Honor and National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson. It's Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren't celebrating. They're still reeling from his older brother's death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly's mother's girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled with Legos. Lolly's always loved Legos, and he prides himself on following the kit instructions exactly. Now, faced with a pile of building blocks and no instructions, Lolly must find his own way forward. His path isn't clear--and the pressure to join a "crew," as his brother did, is always there. When Lolly and his friend are beaten up and robbed, joining a crew almost seems like the safe choice. But building
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