Small Steps by Louis Sachar

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SMALL STEPS is a contemporary 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, and The Cardturner.

 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, the Beyoncé of her time, 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.

 

About Louis Sachar

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Louis Sachar is the author of the award-winning Small Steps and the New York Times number one bestseller Holes, as well as Stanley Yelnats' Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake. He is an avid bridge player. His books for younger readers include There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, The Boy Who Lost His Face, Dogs Don't Tell Jokes, and the Marvin Redpost series, among many others.
 
Published February 28, 2006 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 272 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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After a hiatus of some seven years, Sachar returns with a companion to Holes (1998) that places one of Stanley's fellow "campers" on center stage.

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Publishers Weekly

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Though Sachar's companion to Holes isn't as intricately crafted as that Newbery winner, McClarin's multi-layered reading helps the author's words

Feb 27 2006 | Read Full Review of Small Steps

The New York Times

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A minor character from "Holes" leaves behind the gothic cruelty of Camp Green Lake for the more humdrum difficulties of life in Austin, Tex.

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The Guardian

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Small Steps by Louis Sachar 259pp, Bloomsbury, £12.99 Louis Sachar's last novel was published eight years ago.

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Publishers Weekly

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Though Sachar's companion to Holes isn't as intricately crafted as that Newbery winner, McClarin's multi-layered reading helps the author's words shine on this audiobook that improves upon the print reading experience.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Jan 24 2006 | Read Full Review of Small Steps

Teen Reads

Armpit and Kaira have instant chemistry --- Armpit is attracted to Kaira's beauty and intelligence, and Kaira is pleasantly surprised that Armpit likes her for herself.

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Common Sense Media

I love this book i think it is the best book i have ever read i dont really like reading but this book relly kept me hanging and it had a great ending.

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Common Sense Media

Armpit doesn't always make the right choices, but ultimately he has a good heart and figures things out in time to make a heroic This will appeal to fans of Holes -- it's fun to read and may get readers thinking about the book's bigger ideas.

Jan 09 2006 | Read Full Review of Small Steps

Kidz World

Things are going well for Armpit and he feels like he's finally getting back on the right track - until his old pal X-Ray shows up with a get-rich-quick scheme that can't go wrong.

Dec 27 2006 | Read Full Review of Small Steps

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Fans of the first book will no doubt want to read it and may even enjoy it (though the romance section of the book appeals to an entirely different audience), but they won't find it as memorable or as powerful.

Jan 09 2006 | Read Full Review of Small Steps

Open Salon

You've been writing children's books for a number of years now and one day divine inspiration hits you and you come up with what could easily be called the greatest children's book of the last 25 years, "Holes".

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Armpit – who desperately and understandably wants to drop that handle – is still digging holes, this time for a landscaping business.

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