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Books to Bond Over With Your Tween Reader

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11. 'The Stars Beneath Our Feet,' by David Barclay Moore
Twelve-year-old Lolly is still reeling from his brother's gang-related death months later when his mom's friend brings over some Legos as a gift. Lolly's always loved the building blocks and their specific instructions, but these pieces come without any instructions, and he must figure out how to put them together on his own.  

When Lolly and his friend are beaten up joining a gang seems like the safe option, but building his creation of Legos at the community center gives him both an escape and a connection to the world that gives him another option-a firm foundation on which to stand. 

Ages 10 and up.