Small Steps

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  • 257 pages
  • Small Steps
  • Louis Sachar
  • English
  • 09 January 2019
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10 thoughts on “Small Steps

  1. Annet Annet says:

    Fun sequel to the renowned Holes Easy entertaining read, just what I needed right now after all the dark books A heartwarming book and funny too 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 Armpit is Ginny, his 10 year old disabled neighbor Together, they re learning to take small steps Armpit seems toFun sequel to the renowned Holes Easy entertaining read, just what I needed right now after all the dark books A heartwarming book and funny too 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 Armpit is Ginny, his 10 year old disabled neighbor Together, they re learning to take small steps Armpit seems to be on the right path until X Ray, buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get rich scheme X Ray s moneymaking plan leads Armpit to a chance encounter with teen pop start Kaira Deleon, and suddenly Armpit s life spins out of control..


  2. Jennifer Wardrip Jennifer Wardrip says:

    Reviewed by Christian C for TeensReadToo.comRemember Armpit, from HOLES It s been two years since he was released from Camp Green Lake Juvenile Correctional Facility, and ever since, he s been trying to stay clean In order to stay clean, he s established for himself five small steps 1 Graduate from high school 2 Get a job 3 Save his money 4 Avoid situations that might turn violent 5 Lose the name Armpit By the way, this is not a sequel to HOLES you don t need to read HOLES to enj Reviewed by Christian C for TeensReadToo.comRemember Armpit, from HOLES It s been two years since he was released from Camp Green Lake Juvenile Correctional Facility, and ever since, he s been trying to stay clean In order to stay clean, he s established for himself five small steps 1 Graduate from high school 2 Get a job 3 Save his money 4 Avoid situations that might turn violent 5 Lose the name Armpit By the way, this is not a sequel to HOLES you don t need to read HOLES to enjoy this book At first, everything goes smoothly, but, slowly, every single one of those steps will be challenged For the past year, Armpit has been working for a landscaping and irrigation company, and he has saved almost a thousand dollars But one day, his friend from camp, X Ray, tells him that he has the perfect plan to double his money Rock singer Kaira DeLeon is going on tour, and her next stop is their own town X Ray s plan is to buy twelve tickets and resell them for double the money But since X Ray doesn t have any money, he asks Armpit for all his savings Armpit is not sure that this plan is such a great idea, but he doesn t want to let his friend down So after giving it a lot of thought, he decides to do it When I read that I went What Is he stupid or what Of course he s never going to see his money again Or is he Well, unfortunately that s all I can tell you Oh, wait There is something else I can tell you somehow, Armpit and his 10 year old neighbor, who suffers cerebral paralysis, get to meet rock star Kaira DeLeon But you ll have to read the book to learn how that neat twist unfolds To me, SMALL STEPS was like a good meal that left me completely satisfied The story kept surprising me with its unexpected turns There s plenty of action, there are good guys you root for and bad guys you wish the worst for, there are a lot of funny moments, and sad moments, too SMALL STEPS is very good read Maybe it s not as strong as HOLES nevertheless,it s a good story


  3. Shoa Khan Shoa Khan says:

    Small steps, Cause I don t know where I m goin.Small steps,I just take it day to day.Small steps,Somehow get myself together,Then maybe I ll discoverWho I am along the way I think it s rather silly to label this book a sequel to Holes, when it simply takes two non prominent characters from Holes and takes their story forward And that s about the only thing connecting the 2 books, as they couldn t possibly have beendifferent.I know a lot of people have had an issue with this book as Small steps, Cause I don t know where I m goin.Small steps,I just take it day to day.Small steps,Somehow get myself together,Then maybe I ll discoverWho I am along the way I think it s rather silly to label this book a sequel to Holes, when it simply takes two non prominent characters from Holes and takes their story forward And that s about the only thing connecting the 2 books, as they couldn t possibly have beendifferent.I know a lot of people have had an issue with this book as they quite obviously expected it to live up to the pure magic that Holes had weaved I knew even before finishing Holes that any other book by the author could not possibly exceed its brilliance So, I never even had lofty expectations to begin with.Once again, I listened to the audiobook version and even that was so different from the narration of Holes While I had shouted from my rooftop that Holes was purely Middlegrade fiction, Small Steps is undoubtedly YA.The story picks up about two years after the events of Holes take place I, for one, quite enjoyed the story and felt that it never slackened and I even found many laugh out loud moments throughout.I would also like to add that this was certainly the most realistic YA fiction I ve read, and it also deals with issues like racism and reforming and starting over.I loved the lesson that the book had to offer, that when you re starting over, it s like you re wading through a river upstream so, take small steps, cuz if you try to take too big a step, the current will most likely knock you over


  4. Susanne Susanne says:

    I can t tell if this was supposed to be a young adult book or not Small Steps is a sequel to the book Holes, which was fun to read In this second book, Sachar follows Armpit as he transitions back into society after his stint at Camp Green Lake I thought the premise had potential, but in my opinion, it was a fairly transparent story about puppy love and cliche rehabilitation The book ends with a startling act of violence which doesn t fit with the rest of the story, and then leaves the two m I can t tell if this was supposed to be a young adult book or not Small Steps is a sequel to the book Holes, which was fun to read In this second book, Sachar follows Armpit as he transitions back into society after his stint at Camp Green Lake I thought the premise had potential, but in my opinion, it was a fairly transparent story about puppy love and cliche rehabilitation The book ends with a startling act of violence which doesn t fit with the rest of the story, and then leaves the two main characters hanging at the point when something truly interesting could have happened Not my favorite


  5. Lucy Lucy says:

    Last we saw Armpit, he was digging holes at Camp Green Lake Now, Armpit nicknamed for a wasp bite on his armpit is still digging holes, but now he s getting paid for it, working for a landscaper in his hometown of Austin, TX Armpit or Theodore, as he prefers to be called is trying to straighten his life out after two years of juvie, while everyone is expecting the worst of him The only person who believes in him is his feisty ten year old neighbor Ginny, who has cerebral palsy He is earn Last we saw Armpit, he was digging holes at Camp Green Lake Now, Armpit nicknamed for a wasp bite on his armpit is still digging holes, but now he s getting paid for it, working for a landscaper in his hometown of Austin, TX Armpit or Theodore, as he prefers to be called is trying to straighten his life out after two years of juvie, while everyone is expecting the worst of him The only person who believes in him is his feisty ten year old neighbor Ginny, who has cerebral palsy He is earning honest money and going to summer school and trying to stay on the straight and narrow His life is slowly beginning to get back on track when X Ray, his old buddy from Camp Green Lake, shows up, with a double your money ticket scalping scheme Armpit fronts him the money, and ends up taking Ginny to the concert An incident at the concert vaults him and Ginny into arms of teen pop star Kaira deLeon and intoexcitement that Armpit expected.There are certain books that come together perfectly, as if the author has stumbled across the secret and it is almost certain that, even though they will write other excellent books, they will never hit upon that secret to perfection again Holes was one of those books, and as such, Small Steps is not It is, however, quite a good book on its own It is a quieter book It lacks the excitement and magic of all the pieces coming together, of a generation spanning curse and a rags to riches happy ending But it has something possibly much better Armpit never gets the happily ever after What he has are the small,realistic steps on the way to a happy life He is realistic and world wise, and even as Sachar keeps telling us that he has violent tendancies what sent him to Camp Green Lake in the first place we keep seeing his gentle side His relationship with Ginny especially in contrast with his relationship with Kaira is wonderful to read, and I d love to read a Ginny centric book I especially enjoyed the lack of a happily ever after ending Armpit is not a character who would be comfortable with a fairy tale ending Armpit is a character who wants to work his way to a succesful life on the straight and narrow, and as such, he is a character we can sincerely care about and relate to, and cheer for every step of the way


  6. Janet Janet says:

    What s easy about being the sequel to Holes is that any implausibilities of plot are irreproachable, cause you can t hardly getimplausible than Holes and it was awesome What s hard is simply that you re the sequel to Holes Because it was awesome High bar I m embarrassed to admit it took me 5 years to get around to actually reading Small Steps, the story of Armpit s X Ray influenced adventures back home in Austin, trying to get his life turned around after his time at Camp Green Lake What s easy about being the sequel to Holes is that any implausibilities of plot are irreproachable, cause you can t hardly getimplausible than Holes and it was awesome What s hard is simply that you re the sequel to Holes Because it was awesome High bar I m embarrassed to admit it took me 5 years to get around to actually reading Small Steps, the story of Armpit s X Ray influenced adventures back home in Austin, trying to get his life turned around after his time at Camp Green Lake After Armpit reluctantly agrees to financially back X Ray s ill conceived ticket scalping scheme, a surprising no, outlandish but oddly credible sequence of events and poor decisions, offset by a few good decisions, gets him close to a teen pop star and in a mess of trouble Armpit s unlikely friendship with Ginnie, the 10 year old white neighbor girl with cerebral palsy, is especially winning I carefully avoided reading any other reviews as I m in the first flush of enthusiasm for this very worthy sequel to a favorite novel and yes, it really did take me 5 years to read the sequel to something I claim as a favorite novel I suck and don t want to second guess my 5 star rating If there s any middle school kid alive who hasn t read this pair of books, they should do so now


  7. Robert Tabb Robert Tabb says:

    I was reluctant to read Small Steps since Holes is my all time favorite book and I had heard several negative things from readers concerning how Armpit and X Ray were handled After reading the book, I can see where some people might be disappointed it s not Holes However, I found Sachar s ability to weave several stories together to be captivating His strength of creating acting true to who they are characters is on display as Theodore finds himself interacting with diverse characters I was reluctant to read Small Steps since Holes is my all time favorite book and I had heard several negative things from readers concerning how Armpit and X Ray were handled After reading the book, I can see where some people might be disappointed it s not Holes However, I found Sachar s ability to weave several stories together to be captivating His strength of creating acting true to who they are characters is on display as Theodore finds himself interacting with diverse characters The book has agrown up feel to it than Holes and the ending isn t as satisfying, but it definitely fits with the story


  8. Jinky Jinky says:

    3.5 I enjoyed Holes so I thought I d read another from this author I was not disappointed This was a surprisingly gripping story An off shoot from a couple of the characters in Holes, Armpit and X ray return in this novel Armpit putting to work what his counselor had advised him to do..take small steps, hence he set 5 goals for himself graduate from high school, get a job, save his money, avoid situations that might turn violent, and lose the name Armpit X ray of course had to jiggle tho 3.5 I enjoyed Holes so I thought I d read another from this author I was not disappointed This was a surprisingly gripping story An off shoot from a couple of the characters in Holes, Armpit and X ray return in this novel Armpit putting to work what his counselor had advised him to do..take small steps, hence he set 5 goals for himself graduate from high school, get a job, save his money, avoid situations that might turn violent, and lose the name Armpit X ray of course had to jiggle those goals a bit and adventures ensued Before he knew it, he was in the realms of the possibility of going to jail, caught in the admiration of a pop star, and in the throws of a percolating violence.What I liked most about this novel was it s heart relationships and choices Armpit s heartwarming bond with Ginny, Armpit s loyalty with his friend X ray, the endearing love affair between Armpit and Kaira, and the choices that Armpit made that built his winsome character Overall, echoing the last comment of the blurb sums it up perfectly, 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 directionI wasn t kidding about this being gripping I saw all the seeds being planted for a horrible outcome for Armpit and even though I was convincing myself that it had to end positive for the sake of YA readers, you never know for sure I like the take small steps idea It might be my new mantra for the new year Just might be the answer to giving me focus


  9. Parkhurstjordan Parkhurstjordan says:

    I thought that this book was sorta weird compared to holes it was less exciting I didn t really get the same feeling as I did in holes I got hooked to holes but I am not saying I hated it I am just saying that the book had no connection to holes There are 4 main characters in the story Armpit, X Ray, Ginny, and Kaira Deleon The book has a way of wanting me to keep reading even though I thought it was boring I think it s because the characters that are form holes Armpit X Ray you want to kno I thought that this book was sorta weird compared to holes it was less exciting I didn t really get the same feeling as I did in holes I got hooked to holes but I am not saying I hated it I am just saying that the book had no connection to holes There are 4 main characters in the story Armpit, X Ray, Ginny, and Kaira Deleon The book has a way of wanting me to keep reading even though I thought it was boring I think it s because the characters that are form holes Armpit X Ray you want to know if anything bad happens to them and Ginny you want to know what happens to her because she is handicapped with cerebral palsy and it would be terrible if something happened to her because that would be very depressing and Kaira DeLeon if something happened to her it would be terrible because she is a famous rock singer it would be like if Katy Perry died of a heart attack when you least except it because she is a very famous singer according to the book My rating of the book would be 3.5 out of 5 because it lacks action and at times is very boring but it also has good character connections there so strong that you feel like it s real life I would recommend this book if you like boring yet satisfying books so basically you mine as well read the dictionary but the dictionary would have to have some really good characters in it to be related goodly to the book Small Steps


  10. Dane Cobain Dane Cobain says:

    This is essentially the sequel to Holes, except instead of following Stanley Yelnats, it follows Armpit He s been keeping busy digging holes of all things and squirreling away some money, but then his friend X Ray comes up with an idea about how to make a little money ticket touting.Of course, the plan backfires in several fairly spectacular ways, and it also has unexpected consequences for Armpit At the same time, it s a coming of age story that deals with everything from racism to pushy p This is essentially the sequel to Holes, except instead of following Stanley Yelnats, it follows Armpit He s been keeping busy digging holes of all things and squirreling away some money, but then his friend X Ray comes up with an idea about how to make a little money ticket touting.Of course, the plan backfires in several fairly spectacular ways, and it also has unexpected consequences for Armpit At the same time, it s a coming of age story that deals with everything from racism to pushy parents and attempted murder So there are a lot of complexities here, and while it is I guess somewhere between middle grade and young adult novel, it s a genuine joy to read.If you re looking for literature then you might not find it here, but if you just want a good story with a decent message behind it, you need look no further It was also super sad in places while simultaneously making me feel warm and fuzzy inside In that respect, it reminds me of both Holes and Stephen Chbosky s The Perks of Being a Wallflower.So would I recommend this Of course I would, but I d also recommend picking up Holes first Both of them are fantastic and Sachar is a fantastic writer, and even before I d picked this up I knew I wanted to add all of his books to my wish list Then I picked this up from a charity shop, so I guess it s a sign Awesome


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Small Steps❰Read❯ ➯ Small Steps Author Louis Sachar – Polishdarling.co.uk 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 C 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 CardturnerTwo 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 StepsArmpit 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 Beyonce of her time, and suddenly Armpit s life spins out of control Only one thing is certain he ll never be the same againCombining 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 the Author: Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar pronounced Sacker , born March , , is an American author of children s booksLouis was born in East Meadow, New York, in When he was nine, he moved to Tustin, California He went to college at the University of California at Berkeley and graduated in , as an economics major The next year, he wrote his first book, Sideways Stories from Wayside School He was working at a sweater warehouse during the day and wrote at night Almost a year later, he was fired from the job He decided to go to law school He attended Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco His first book was published while he was in law school He graduated in For the next eight years he worked part time as a lawyer and continued to try to write children s books Then his books started selling well enough so that he was able to quit practicing law His wife s name is Carla When he first met her, she was a counselor at an elementary school She was the inspiration behind the counselor in There s a Boy in the Girls Bathroom He was married in Hisdaughter, Sherre, was born in .



10 thoughts on “Small Steps

  1. Annet Annet says:

    Fun sequel to the renowned Holes Easy entertaining read, just what I needed right now after all the dark books A heartwarming book and funny too 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 Armpit is Ginny, his 10 year old disabled neighbor Together, they re learning to take small steps Armpit seems toFun sequel to the renowned Holes Easy entertaining read, just what I needed right now after all the dark books A heartwarming book and funny too 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 Armpit is Ginny, his 10 year old disabled neighbor Together, they re learning to take small steps Armpit seems to be on the right path until X Ray, buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get rich scheme X Ray s moneymaking plan leads Armpit to a chance encounter with teen pop start Kaira Deleon, and suddenly Armpit s life spins out of control..


  2. Jennifer Wardrip Jennifer Wardrip says:

    Reviewed by Christian C for TeensReadToo.comRemember Armpit, from HOLES It s been two years since he was released from Camp Green Lake Juvenile Correctional Facility, and ever since, he s been trying to stay clean In order to stay clean, he s established for himself five small steps 1 Graduate from high school 2 Get a job 3 Save his money 4 Avoid situations that might turn violent 5 Lose the name Armpit By the way, this is not a sequel to HOLES you don t need to read HOLES to enj Reviewed by Christian C for TeensReadToo.comRemember Armpit, from HOLES It s been two years since he was released from Camp Green Lake Juvenile Correctional Facility, and ever since, he s been trying to stay clean In order to stay clean, he s established for himself five small steps 1 Graduate from high school 2 Get a job 3 Save his money 4 Avoid situations that might turn violent 5 Lose the name Armpit By the way, this is not a sequel to HOLES you don t need to read HOLES to enjoy this book At first, everything goes smoothly, but, slowly, every single one of those steps will be challenged For the past year, Armpit has been working for a landscaping and irrigation company, and he has saved almost a thousand dollars But one day, his friend from camp, X Ray, tells him that he has the perfect plan to double his money Rock singer Kaira DeLeon is going on tour, and her next stop is their own town X Ray s plan is to buy twelve tickets and resell them for double the money But since X Ray doesn t have any money, he asks Armpit for all his savings Armpit is not sure that this plan is such a great idea, but he doesn t want to let his friend down So after giving it a lot of thought, he decides to do it When I read that I went What Is he stupid or what Of course he s never going to see his money again Or is he Well, unfortunately that s all I can tell you Oh, wait There is something else I can tell you somehow, Armpit and his 10 year old neighbor, who suffers cerebral paralysis, get to meet rock star Kaira DeLeon But you ll have to read the book to learn how that neat twist unfolds To me, SMALL STEPS was like a good meal that left me completely satisfied The story kept surprising me with its unexpected turns There s plenty of action, there are good guys you root for and bad guys you wish the worst for, there are a lot of funny moments, and sad moments, too SMALL STEPS is very good read Maybe it s not as strong as HOLES nevertheless,it s a good story


  3. Shoa Khan Shoa Khan says:

    Small steps, Cause I don t know where I m goin.Small steps,I just take it day to day.Small steps,Somehow get myself together,Then maybe I ll discoverWho I am along the way I think it s rather silly to label this book a sequel to Holes, when it simply takes two non prominent characters from Holes and takes their story forward And that s about the only thing connecting the 2 books, as they couldn t possibly have beendifferent.I know a lot of people have had an issue with this book as Small steps, Cause I don t know where I m goin.Small steps,I just take it day to day.Small steps,Somehow get myself together,Then maybe I ll discoverWho I am along the way I think it s rather silly to label this book a sequel to Holes, when it simply takes two non prominent characters from Holes and takes their story forward And that s about the only thing connecting the 2 books, as they couldn t possibly have beendifferent.I know a lot of people have had an issue with this book as they quite obviously expected it to live up to the pure magic that Holes had weaved I knew even before finishing Holes that any other book by the author could not possibly exceed its brilliance So, I never even had lofty expectations to begin with.Once again, I listened to the audiobook version and even that was so different from the narration of Holes While I had shouted from my rooftop that Holes was purely Middlegrade fiction, Small Steps is undoubtedly YA.The story picks up about two years after the events of Holes take place I, for one, quite enjoyed the story and felt that it never slackened and I even found many laugh out loud moments throughout.I would also like to add that this was certainly the most realistic YA fiction I ve read, and it also deals with issues like racism and reforming and starting over.I loved the lesson that the book had to offer, that when you re starting over, it s like you re wading through a river upstream so, take small steps, cuz if you try to take too big a step, the current will most likely knock you over


  4. Susanne Susanne says:

    I can t tell if this was supposed to be a young adult book or not Small Steps is a sequel to the book Holes, which was fun to read In this second book, Sachar follows Armpit as he transitions back into society after his stint at Camp Green Lake I thought the premise had potential, but in my opinion, it was a fairly transparent story about puppy love and cliche rehabilitation The book ends with a startling act of violence which doesn t fit with the rest of the story, and then leaves the two m I can t tell if this was supposed to be a young adult book or not Small Steps is a sequel to the book Holes, which was fun to read In this second book, Sachar follows Armpit as he transitions back into society after his stint at Camp Green Lake I thought the premise had potential, but in my opinion, it was a fairly transparent story about puppy love and cliche rehabilitation The book ends with a startling act of violence which doesn t fit with the rest of the story, and then leaves the two main characters hanging at the point when something truly interesting could have happened Not my favorite


  5. Lucy Lucy says:

    Last we saw Armpit, he was digging holes at Camp Green Lake Now, Armpit nicknamed for a wasp bite on his armpit is still digging holes, but now he s getting paid for it, working for a landscaper in his hometown of Austin, TX Armpit or Theodore, as he prefers to be called is trying to straighten his life out after two years of juvie, while everyone is expecting the worst of him The only person who believes in him is his feisty ten year old neighbor Ginny, who has cerebral palsy He is earn Last we saw Armpit, he was digging holes at Camp Green Lake Now, Armpit nicknamed for a wasp bite on his armpit is still digging holes, but now he s getting paid for it, working for a landscaper in his hometown of Austin, TX Armpit or Theodore, as he prefers to be called is trying to straighten his life out after two years of juvie, while everyone is expecting the worst of him The only person who believes in him is his feisty ten year old neighbor Ginny, who has cerebral palsy He is earning honest money and going to summer school and trying to stay on the straight and narrow His life is slowly beginning to get back on track when X Ray, his old buddy from Camp Green Lake, shows up, with a double your money ticket scalping scheme Armpit fronts him the money, and ends up taking Ginny to the concert An incident at the concert vaults him and Ginny into arms of teen pop star Kaira deLeon and intoexcitement that Armpit expected.There are certain books that come together perfectly, as if the author has stumbled across the secret and it is almost certain that, even though they will write other excellent books, they will never hit upon that secret to perfection again Holes was one of those books, and as such, Small Steps is not It is, however, quite a good book on its own It is a quieter book It lacks the excitement and magic of all the pieces coming together, of a generation spanning curse and a rags to riches happy ending But it has something possibly much better Armpit never gets the happily ever after What he has are the small,realistic steps on the way to a happy life He is realistic and world wise, and even as Sachar keeps telling us that he has violent tendancies what sent him to Camp Green Lake in the first place we keep seeing his gentle side His relationship with Ginny especially in contrast with his relationship with Kaira is wonderful to read, and I d love to read a Ginny centric book I especially enjoyed the lack of a happily ever after ending Armpit is not a character who would be comfortable with a fairy tale ending Armpit is a character who wants to work his way to a succesful life on the straight and narrow, and as such, he is a character we can sincerely care about and relate to, and cheer for every step of the way


  6. Janet Janet says:

    What s easy about being the sequel to Holes is that any implausibilities of plot are irreproachable, cause you can t hardly getimplausible than Holes and it was awesome What s hard is simply that you re the sequel to Holes Because it was awesome High bar I m embarrassed to admit it took me 5 years to get around to actually reading Small Steps, the story of Armpit s X Ray influenced adventures back home in Austin, trying to get his life turned around after his time at Camp Green Lake What s easy about being the sequel to Holes is that any implausibilities of plot are irreproachable, cause you can t hardly getimplausible than Holes and it was awesome What s hard is simply that you re the sequel to Holes Because it was awesome High bar I m embarrassed to admit it took me 5 years to get around to actually reading Small Steps, the story of Armpit s X Ray influenced adventures back home in Austin, trying to get his life turned around after his time at Camp Green Lake After Armpit reluctantly agrees to financially back X Ray s ill conceived ticket scalping scheme, a surprising no, outlandish but oddly credible sequence of events and poor decisions, offset by a few good decisions, gets him close to a teen pop star and in a mess of trouble Armpit s unlikely friendship with Ginnie, the 10 year old white neighbor girl with cerebral palsy, is especially winning I carefully avoided reading any other reviews as I m in the first flush of enthusiasm for this very worthy sequel to a favorite novel and yes, it really did take me 5 years to read the sequel to something I claim as a favorite novel I suck and don t want to second guess my 5 star rating If there s any middle school kid alive who hasn t read this pair of books, they should do so now


  7. Robert Tabb Robert Tabb says:

    I was reluctant to read Small Steps since Holes is my all time favorite book and I had heard several negative things from readers concerning how Armpit and X Ray were handled After reading the book, I can see where some people might be disappointed it s not Holes However, I found Sachar s ability to weave several stories together to be captivating His strength of creating acting true to who they are characters is on display as Theodore finds himself interacting with diverse characters I was reluctant to read Small Steps since Holes is my all time favorite book and I had heard several negative things from readers concerning how Armpit and X Ray were handled After reading the book, I can see where some people might be disappointed it s not Holes However, I found Sachar s ability to weave several stories together to be captivating His strength of creating acting true to who they are characters is on display as Theodore finds himself interacting with diverse characters The book has agrown up feel to it than Holes and the ending isn t as satisfying, but it definitely fits with the story


  8. Jinky Jinky says:

    3.5 I enjoyed Holes so I thought I d read another from this author I was not disappointed This was a surprisingly gripping story An off shoot from a couple of the characters in Holes, Armpit and X ray return in this novel Armpit putting to work what his counselor had advised him to do..take small steps, hence he set 5 goals for himself graduate from high school, get a job, save his money, avoid situations that might turn violent, and lose the name Armpit X ray of course had to jiggle tho 3.5 I enjoyed Holes so I thought I d read another from this author I was not disappointed This was a surprisingly gripping story An off shoot from a couple of the characters in Holes, Armpit and X ray return in this novel Armpit putting to work what his counselor had advised him to do..take small steps, hence he set 5 goals for himself graduate from high school, get a job, save his money, avoid situations that might turn violent, and lose the name Armpit X ray of course had to jiggle those goals a bit and adventures ensued Before he knew it, he was in the realms of the possibility of going to jail, caught in the admiration of a pop star, and in the throws of a percolating violence.What I liked most about this novel was it s heart relationships and choices Armpit s heartwarming bond with Ginny, Armpit s loyalty with his friend X ray, the endearing love affair between Armpit and Kaira, and the choices that Armpit made that built his winsome character Overall, echoing the last comment of the blurb sums it up perfectly, 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 directionI wasn t kidding about this being gripping I saw all the seeds being planted for a horrible outcome for Armpit and even though I was convincing myself that it had to end positive for the sake of YA readers, you never know for sure I like the take small steps idea It might be my new mantra for the new year Just might be the answer to giving me focus


  9. Parkhurstjordan Parkhurstjordan says:

    I thought that this book was sorta weird compared to holes it was less exciting I didn t really get the same feeling as I did in holes I got hooked to holes but I am not saying I hated it I am just saying that the book had no connection to holes There are 4 main characters in the story Armpit, X Ray, Ginny, and Kaira Deleon The book has a way of wanting me to keep reading even though I thought it was boring I think it s because the characters that are form holes Armpit X Ray you want to kno I thought that this book was sorta weird compared to holes it was less exciting I didn t really get the same feeling as I did in holes I got hooked to holes but I am not saying I hated it I am just saying that the book had no connection to holes There are 4 main characters in the story Armpit, X Ray, Ginny, and Kaira Deleon The book has a way of wanting me to keep reading even though I thought it was boring I think it s because the characters that are form holes Armpit X Ray you want to know if anything bad happens to them and Ginny you want to know what happens to her because she is handicapped with cerebral palsy and it would be terrible if something happened to her because that would be very depressing and Kaira DeLeon if something happened to her it would be terrible because she is a famous rock singer it would be like if Katy Perry died of a heart attack when you least except it because she is a very famous singer according to the book My rating of the book would be 3.5 out of 5 because it lacks action and at times is very boring but it also has good character connections there so strong that you feel like it s real life I would recommend this book if you like boring yet satisfying books so basically you mine as well read the dictionary but the dictionary would have to have some really good characters in it to be related goodly to the book Small Steps


  10. Dane Cobain Dane Cobain says:

    This is essentially the sequel to Holes, except instead of following Stanley Yelnats, it follows Armpit He s been keeping busy digging holes of all things and squirreling away some money, but then his friend X Ray comes up with an idea about how to make a little money ticket touting.Of course, the plan backfires in several fairly spectacular ways, and it also has unexpected consequences for Armpit At the same time, it s a coming of age story that deals with everything from racism to pushy p This is essentially the sequel to Holes, except instead of following Stanley Yelnats, it follows Armpit He s been keeping busy digging holes of all things and squirreling away some money, but then his friend X Ray comes up with an idea about how to make a little money ticket touting.Of course, the plan backfires in several fairly spectacular ways, and it also has unexpected consequences for Armpit At the same time, it s a coming of age story that deals with everything from racism to pushy parents and attempted murder So there are a lot of complexities here, and while it is I guess somewhere between middle grade and young adult novel, it s a genuine joy to read.If you re looking for literature then you might not find it here, but if you just want a good story with a decent message behind it, you need look no further It was also super sad in places while simultaneously making me feel warm and fuzzy inside In that respect, it reminds me of both Holes and Stephen Chbosky s The Perks of Being a Wallflower.So would I recommend this Of course I would, but I d also recommend picking up Holes first Both of them are fantastic and Sachar is a fantastic writer, and even before I d picked this up I knew I wanted to add all of his books to my wish list Then I picked this up from a charity shop, so I guess it s a sign Awesome


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