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Small Steps

By: Louis Sachar
Narrated by: Curtis McClarin
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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • 05-22-12

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.

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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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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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I,m love it so much that I have been playing it 72


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I am blown away!

I expected the sequel/spinoff of Holes to be really good. After all, for a book that I first read in 4th grade, it's surprising to me that Holes still holds up as well as it does. I still can't believe how well the heavy subject matter of the prison industrial complex, the school to prison pipeline, the legalized slavery of the 13th amendment, wrapped up in a "coming to America" immigrant story and a pretty badass western could be written in a way that my fourth grade teacher would assign us to read, but there it was. I only just learned that it even had a sequel at all, so of course I had to get it.... I'm really glad that I did now. Sure, this is a y/a novel, but the only difference between this and a more adult one, is the lack of cursing. The subject matter is REALLY dark and heavy at times, and more than once I found myself on the verge of tears or past the verge even. If I had the capacity and ability to wordsmith the way Sachar does, I could probably sell this book a lot better. However, I'm not, and the Book Holes already exists. If you're the type of person who reads book reviews before making a purchasing decision, and you find yourself reading mine, let me assure you, Holes is a great book. This is better than Holes.

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Narrator does a great job!

Holes is a hard book to follow and the Armpit I got to know in the Holes book/movie doesn't always line up with the character in this book which was the biggest thing I struggled with. XRay is spot on though. It's not as good as Holes and at times the book has some contrived parts but overall it's good. The narrator provides a strong and good performance.

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BEST BOOK EVER

I am soooo picky about my books and this year for my summer readying i chose this and i dont regret it

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a fav

for a children's book, this is an amazing read. it throws in a number of hard topics, and tackles them with grace. I remember reading it as a kid and had to again

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Louis Sachars Best Work

I truly believe this is one of if not my favorite book I've ever read by this author. It is truly compelling story and id say written in a rather different style then some of his more popular works that mainly star child characters.

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great book keep it up small steps small steps smal

great keep it up . I'm done here another book of his farewell small steps