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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; First Edition edition (16 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747580308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747580300
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 20.5 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 746,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louis Sachar was born in New York. He was inspired to write children's books after working as a teacher's aide to gain extra credit. After graduation he worked in a sweater warehouse in Connecticut and wrote at night. He was soon fired from that job and moved onto law school where in his first week of study Sideways Stories From Wayside School was published. In 2000 Louis Sacher wrote Holes which became both an instant classic and a film starring Sigourney Weaver. Holes was his first book to be published in the UK and continues to prove popular among younger readers. Once Louis Sachar begins writing a new book he refuses to talk to anyone until it is finished and entry to his office is barred apart from his two dogs. The Cardturner is his new book which publishes in 2010.

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'Louis Sachar is one of the few new masters of American fiction' -- Independent on Sunday

'Small Steps has Sachar's familiar ease, intelligent humour, suspense and humanity' -- Sunday Times (Children's Book of the Week)

Louis Sachar is one of the few new masters of American fiction -- Independent on Sunday

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Upon returning to Austin, Armpit set five goals for himself. Five small steps.
1. Graduate High School
2. Get a job.
3. Save his money.
4. Avoid situations that might turn violent.
And...
5. Lose the name Armpit.

In this wonderful, funny and deeply satisfying novel by master storyteller Louis Sachar, Armpit finds all his small steps becoming much bigger than he had anticipated. When he gets mixed up with his old friend X-Ray in a ticket scam, things look set to unravel. But this is only the beginning of Armpit's troubles in this brilliant, fast-paced adventure story by the author of the bestselling HOLES.


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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Tealady2000 VINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I wrote a review of this a couple of weeks ago but for some reason it has never appeared. Fingers crossed this time...
This book is a sequel to the brilliant 'Holes' and follows two of the Camp Green Lake in-mates, Armpit and X-Ray, as they try to make it in the outside world. Armpit is trying to earn an honest living but he is soon drawn into X-Ray's latest scam, touting tickets for teenage singing sensation Kaira DeLeon. This leads to plenty of adventures, an unlikely romance and some uncomfortable brushes with the law. I'm not going to comment on the plot because I am much too old to be in the target audience for this book - the important thing is that my 12-year old son thought is was 'brilliant'. What I really enjoyed was the way Louis Sachar gives you a view of the world from a different angle, in this case through the eyes of black kids. I can't tell if the view is accurate because I am neither black nor young but it's just the fact that he tries that's refreshing.
I could only give this book 4 stars because it's not as good as 'Holes' - but what could be?
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 May 2007
Format: Hardcover
Remember 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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 19 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
hi i am 11 years old and i read the book Holes and loved it t pieces. i haveseen the film ,loved it (not as much as the book !!!!!!) . I loved it so much that the next day i started small steps and at first i thought the languge was great but the story line wasn't moving but as i got closer to the end i started to speed up my pace reading and reading every second i was addidted to it so much i refused to part from my book ! the further i got the more tence i got with about ten pages left i was getting so excited i felt like screaming at the book by the time it got to the last page i really did scream and started jumping up and down on the book . The story had just stopped . It was one of the best endings i have ever read but i hated it .If you read this book it might be the second best book you have ever read (right after Holes !).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Helen Simpson VINE VOICE on 4 May 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It's a year since I read 'Holes' so the characters Armpit and X-ray felt like they were almost new to me again. Although the characters are in both books and there are references to Camp Green Lake, you don't really lose anything from not having read 'Holes'.
That said, it's nice to see what happens when the boys are back in society, and how apt their jobs are!! :)

Running alongside the story about Armpit and X-ray is another, the day to day life of pop star Kaira DeLeon. She's as confined by her lifestyle and entourage as the boys were when they were back in Camp Green Lake, and is desperate for a little teenage normality.

Ginny is a great character, she is ten, has cerebral palsy and lives next door to Armpit. Stereotypes in general are given a gentle bashing in this book, which is a good thing and makes you question your own unintentional prejudices or behaviour.

I'm not the target audience for 'Small Steps' but still found it enjoyable.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on 7 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
As this book is the sequel to "Holes" I expected it to relate a lot more to the story. However, "Small Steps" is a completely new story involving one of the more minor characters from "Holes", meaing that it isn't at all necessary to have read that book first.

It's a great story that is very easy to read and get into and I found it hard to put down! It tells the story of Armpit, a young man attempting to put his life back together after serving a sentence at Camp Green Lake. However, his plans of taking small steps are thrown upside-down when he gets involved in ticket scalping and meets a famous and beautiful rock star...

Fantastic read for children or adults - I loved it!
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