Lolly feels like nothing will be right again. His older brother Jermaine was killed – shot- and died a few months ago and Lolly just can’t seem to move beyond it. Now he’s got guys in the neighborhood that are harassing him, his best friend doesn’t understand what he’s going through, and the only peace he seems to feel is when he’s working on his Legos. Lolly feels that he might be teetering on the edge of something, but he isn’t sure just what.
Then his mom’s girlfriend brings him a huge bag of legos for Christmas and Lolly finally has something to concentrate on. He begins to take over the apartment with his Lego city and building them helps him to forget. When his mom says he can no longer build them in the house (or at least all over the apartment) he gets a chance to continue building his city at the after school center that he goes to each day. There, a storage room becomes his special refuge. However, one girl named Rose, who is a strange one, decides that she wants to build too. At first, this drives Lolly crazy, but it soon becomes apparent that Rose is just as talented as he is.
When something happens to Lolly and his best friend, Vega, though Lolly isn’t sure if building his city will be enough to keep the darkness at bay.
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore is a great examination of how events in our lives can begin to take over and consume us, even to shaping our direction and changing the trajectory in sometimes subtle and sometimes profound ways.
Recommended for 7th grade and up.