Books N Bros Members Chat with Author David Barclay Moore

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, members of Books N Bros embraced the opportunity to chat with the author of their current read. David Barclay Moore is the author of The Stars Beneath Our Feet which just released for sale September 19, 2017. 


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 a fantastical Lego city at the community center provides Lolly with an escape—and an unexpected bridge back to the world.

David Barclay Moore paints a powerful portrait of a boy teetering on the edge—of adolescence, of grief, of violence—and shows how Lolly’s inventive spirit helps him build a life with firm foundations and open doors.
— Penguin Random House

Moore is a Missouri native who has been supportive of Books N Bros ever since he found out about what the club was doing. Moore has been so supportive that he made sure to donate The Stars Beneath Our Feet for every single member and even made sure we got the book before the world did! Thank you David! And also thank you Random House Children’s Books Check out the webinar below!

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Note: There were technical difficulties the first 5 minutes so bare with us. :) 

Join Books N Bros for an All Youth Writing Workshop to Enter the "Tell us about an Amazing Woman" Student Book Contest!

To honor the vast accomplishments of women in the United States, the National Youth Foundation (NYF) is pleased to announce the Amazing Women’s Edition (AWE) competition. 

And guess who's been requested as a judge? Your own 11 year old Founder of Books N Bros, Sidney Keys III! 

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Sophia Hanson, Executive Director of NYF, stated: “In furtherance of honoring the vast contributions of women, we are hosting the Amazing Women’s Edition book writing contest.  Get to know an extraordinary woman in your community and tell us HERstory.”  

AWE calls upon students in grades K to 8 to write and illustrate original books on heroines in their communities.  The winning book will be published in hard cover and donated to public libraries. Additionally, the winning student will receive $500 in prizes.

Nicole Dennis-Benn, Author of Here Comes the Sun, A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, stated: “I grew up in a culture where women are heads of households and state.  One was even deemed as our National Hero, and another, Prime Minister of Jamaica.  However, unlike the men, these women were never celebrated as much or written about extensively.  It would be very important for the younger generation of women to see these women's stories and aspire to carry the baton, moving us forward as women.”

The winning book will be announced in March 2018, during women’s history month.

We will be hosting a local writing workshop at a later date for Books N Bros members and also non - members (girls are welcome!) to be paired with a writing mentor and get their short stories done and submitted!

If you would like to be a mentor, please email your resume and two writing samples to! 

Stay tuned by subscribing to our newsletter for more info!

Keep in mind, if you're not in St. Louis, you can still enter!!
The deadline for the submission of completed books and applications is January 4, 2018.  Contest details and application material can be found at  For questions, please email or call or (610) 742-3671

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Cool Glasses from Phonetic Eyewear Make Reading Fun for Books N Bros Founder Sidney Keys III

By Winnie Caldwell

One day, in the 2nd grade, there was a noticeable change in Sidney's eye sight. It was hard for him to see the board in the classroom from his seat. He squinted to see what was once easy for him to read just a week ago. 

So what did I do as a mom? I set him up with an eye doctor appointment and he came home with frames looking like a new kid. Sidney got used to his frames and eventually liked them. Though, they weren't necessarily his all time favorite. 

May 2014

May 2014

Now as Sidney is officially done with elementary school, he wanted a new style; a new look. That's when we found out about Phonetic Eyewear! They are an eyeglass company for those who may look at a computer/digital screen for hours at a time.

Phonetic Eyewear products are designed for consumers who spend considerable time viewing computer screens, tablet PCs or smartphones. These devices emit high levels of blue light, which can cause glare, eyestrain and fatigue. Our glasses are perfect for office employees, students, gamers or anyone whose lifestyle includes exposure to these devices.

Now even though Phonetic Eyewear doesn't specifically make glasses just for kids, that didn't stop Sidney from sending them an email himself asking if he could fit their frames.

And just then, they responded! Not only did they respond friendly by letting Sidney know they specialize in adult frames, but they were even cool enough to send him some to try out! 

Sidney chose three pairs to keep. We simply let Phonetic Eyewear know which three he wanted, and also sent his prescription. They returned his new eyeglasses ready to wear in no time flat! And for a great deal! Did I mention how affordable Phonetic Eyewear is? The average price for frames is $59! And what is even better? The helpful coupon code we have just for you. Simply use code: BOOKSNBROS in the coupon section upon checkout and save an additional 10%! Once you receive your glasses, be sure to tag us! We'd love to see your choice!