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Catch up with Armpit and X-Ray,
This review is from: Small Steps (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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Initial post: 16 Jun 2012 18:41:02 BDT
Mr. Mustapha Pasha says:
Yes indeed. holes really encapsulated the essence of prospects to life but not the degree that Shakespeare was at.
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