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Small Steps by Louis Sachar

Small Steps (2006)

by Louis Sachar

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Series: Holes (2)

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Armpit is an African-American teenager who has a criminal record due to a misunderstanding. Despite having spent time in a detention facility, he's a good kid trying to get back on the right track by taking summer school classes in order to graduate on time and working for a landscaping company. His only friend is Ginny, his white, ten-year-old neighbor who has cerebral palsy. When X-Ray, a friend from juvie, comes to Armpit with a money-making scheme, he finds himself agreeing even though he doesn't want to. This gets him involved with scalping, counterfeit tickets, and the affection of the current big pop star. I always appreciate Sachar's dry humor, and this book definitely delivers.

Also - I didn't realize this was the 2nd part of Holes, which I haven't read, so I think credit should be given for this book being able to stand alone! ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
A somewhat formulaic sequel to Holes, a book I loved. It's almost a short story but a perfect length for upper elementary school readers. ( )
  witchyrichy | Feb 1, 2015 |
Substance: Continuing the story of two of the boys from "Holes" (X-Ray and Armpit), but without the really edgy content and warped perspective that gave the first book its appeal. More of a run-of-the-mill teen-age feel0good story, but does contain many positive messages. Suitable for late-middle-school and high-school because of drugs, sex, language.
Style: More straight-forward than "Holes", easy to read but not dumbed-down.
Note: Sachar was a well-known junior / YA writer before "Holes" and has reverted, I think, to form. ( )
  librisissimo | Jan 17, 2015 |
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 |
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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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