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Small Steps | [Louis Sachar]

Small Steps

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 believes in him is Ginny, his 10-year-old disabled neighbor. Together, they are learning to take small steps. And he seems to be on the right path, until X-Ray, a buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme.
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Publisher's Summary

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 believes in him is Ginny, his 10-year-old disabled neighbor. Together, they are learning to take small steps. And he seems to be on the right path, until X-Ray, a buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme. This leads to a chance encounter with teen pop sensation, Kaira DeLeon, and suddenly Armpit's life spins out of control, with only one thing for certain. He'll never be the same again.

In his first major novel since Holes, critically acclaimed novelist Louis Sachar uses his signature wit combined with a unique blend of adventure and deeply felt characters to explore issues of race, the nature of celebrity, the invisible connections that determine a person's life, and what it takes to stay on course. Doing the right thing is never a wrong choice, but a small step in the right direction.

©2006 Louis Sachar; (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"A smart jigsaw puzzle of a novel." (The New York Times)
"A dazzling blend of social commentary, tall tale, and magic realism." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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    Karyn Westport, CT, USA 10-03-06
    Karyn Westport, CT, USA 10-03-06
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    "Wonderful, as always"

    You can always count on Sacher for the best and most imaginative childrens books. This sequel to Holes (though maybe just a smidgen less wonderful) does not disappoint.

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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 05-31-06
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 05-31-06 Member Since 2001
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    "OK story but not Holes"

    Don't expect as wonderful a story as "Holes" from this story about one of its characters. "Holes" to me was a perfect novel. It was well written, had two main stories in one, it had many mysteries, it was exciting, it had characters you grow to love, and it had a good message (more than one actually). It transported you like a great book should and it kept you coming back for more.

    This story about Armpit is slow, not very complex, the characters aren't particularly loveable, and the story is bland. It is a OK read when you have nothing else to hear but it is a let down from an author that could write "Holes".

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    Su Seattle WA United States 05-22-12
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    "A boy trying to fix his way of living"
    What made the experience of listening to Small Steps the most enjoyable?

    It was about armpit who tried to fix his way about living after going to Camp Greenlake. I liked the way he tried to fix his way: small steps.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Small Steps?

    Kaira and her Dad fighting in her room. Kaira dropping the lamp thing to signal Armpit.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, it certanly did.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Armpit's learning to take small steps, but it's not easy doing that when everybody thinks you're bad. Will he suceed,or not?


    Any additional comments?

    This story just draws me in. The story has hope, sadness and joy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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