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Small Steps by Louis Sachar

Small Steps (2006)

by Louis Sachar

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Series: Holes (book 2)

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Small Steps by Louis Sachar is a companion piece to Holes. Theodore is home and wants to improve himself by taking "small steps." These steps include avoiding violence and getting rid of the nickname "Armpit." His only problem — X-Ray continues to be up to no good and is trying to drag him down.

Theodore's best friend is a learning disabled girl who lives next door. He wants to take her to a concert staring her favorite singer, Kaira DeLeon. X-Ray though messes things up and Theodore and his friend end up in a whole heap of trouble.

But as is so often the case in a Sachar book, trouble is always just the beginning. Bad things lead to tangents and magical moments.

It was nice to spend time again with "Armpit" and get to know him better as a strives to better himself. Although I had read Holes first, Small Steps stands alone just fine. ( )
  pussreboots | Dec 17, 2014 |
Louis Sachar is such an amazing writer. He is so talented in switching from humorous writing to serious writing. This novel follows Armpit after his release from Camp Green Lake. I absolutely loved Holes and this was an amazing followup. Sachar did an excellent job of tying in heavy messages about race and people who are differently-abled in a way that is easy-to-understand for young readers. ( )
  CareBear36 | Mar 8, 2014 |
I think the book was good but not as good as the first one. Because they were in a city and it had x-ray and armpit (not my favorite charcter) and it was to me not as good as the first book. But then it included a teen pop star named(Kaira DeLeon)thats when i started not to like the book. And i didnt expect that armpitt and xray knew each other before camp green lake. But the ending of the book was rally the only part i liked was that thy got to go to the concert because they had fake ticketts and the singer found out about it but she didnt even care that they had fake ticketts thats why i dont really like the book that much.I think that the author did not put alot of effort into Small Steps. I dont recomend this book. ( )
  TylerR.B3 | Dec 7, 2013 |
I think the book was definitely not as good as the first one. Because it was set in the city and had x-ray and armpit it was to me not that good. When it also included the pop star I started to not like the book. But it was also a weird coincidence that armpit and x-ray lived in the same place as each other. But the end was my favorite part because finally got to go to the concert and then the singer found out there was fake tickets but it didn't bother her. ( )
  SeanB.B3 | Oct 20, 2013 |
Armpit and X-Ray are living in Austin, Texas. It is three years since they left the confines of Camp Green Lake Detention Centre and Armpit is taking small steps to turn his life around. His nickname Armpit is because while he was in Green Lake Correctional Facility he was bitten under the armpit by a spider.. Armpit is trying very hard to get his life back on track but is almost immediately caught up in the wrong thing. His friend, X Ray wants him to invest his hard earned savings into bulk buying of concert tickets. He is working for a landscape gardener because he is good at digging holes, he is going to school and he is enjoying his first proper romance, but is he going to be able to stay out of trouble when there is so much building up against him? X Ray plans to not only buy tickets , but create counterfeit tickets then sell these tickets at scalped prices to make money. Armpit is caught with counterfeit tickets and is in big trouble. He ends up meeting and falling in love with the famous pop-singer Kaira, who was singing at the concert. He goes onto save her from her dominating father (who is secretly fleecing her on her money) and has to save her life. Armpit is learning what it takes to stay on course, and that doing the right thing is never the wrong choice although he is joined by X Ray who tries to take him off course throughout the story. ( )
  rata | May 7, 2013 |
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SMALL STEPS is a hip young adult novel from Louis Sachar, the New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Award–winning smash hit phenomenon book and movie/DVD sensation HOLES.
Two years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin, Texas, trying to turn his life around. But it's hard when you have a record and everyone expects the worst from you. The only person who believe in Armpit is Ginny, his ten-year-old disabled neighbor. Together, they are learning to take small steps.
Armpit seems to be on the right path until X-Ray, a buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme. X-Ray's plan leads to a chance encounter with teen pop sensation Kaira DeLeon, and suddenly Armpit's life spins out of control. Only one thing is certain: he'll never be the same again.
Combining his signature wit with a unique blend of adventure and deeply felt characters, Sachar explores issues of race, the nature of celebrity, the invisible connections that shape a person's life, and what it takes to stay the course. Doing the right thing is never a wrong choice—but always a small step in right direction.

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Two years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is trying hard to keep his life on track, but when his old pal X-Ray shows up with a plan to make some easy money scalping concert tickets, Armpit reluctantly goes along.

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