The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore is an award winning novel about 12-year-old Wallace "Lolly" Rachpaul growing up in Harlem in New York City. The book begins Christmas Eve a few months after Lolly's big brother Jermaine was tragically killed in a gang-related shooting. The story follows Lolly as he channels his grief into creativity. Immersing himself in his favorite hobby, Legos, Lolly uses his imagination and artistry to build the extensive, intricate world of Harmonee. This important and inspirational story of family, tragedy, and resilience demonstrates the healing power of art, community, and friendship.
Have students make a text to self connection to The Stars Beneath Our Feet by choosing their favorite quote or scene and illustrating what it means to them.
FAVORITE QUOTE in THE STARS BENEATH YOUR FEET
Big Rose repeats a poetic phrase throughout the book. It is something her grandmother taught her and is a poem from one of her Gran's books. Rose and Lolly are both grieving and dealing with traumatic loss: Rose with the death of her mother to suicide and Lolly with the death of his brother to gang violence. Both find solace in creating. They build elaborate Lego cities together in the storage room of the after-school program and find comfort and healing in the process. Rose makes an exact replica of St. Nicholas Projects and the surrounding areas. She adds stars to the bottom of her buildings to represent all the people who have died.
“Rosamund, when you die, they bury you, but your soul flies to the stars. Your mama, your daddy—they were buried under the ground, but they’re stars now, girl, stars beneath our feet.”