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 his 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.
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Now free from the “rehabilitative” confines of Camp Green Lake, Theodore Johnson (a.k.a. Armpit) has set himself five plausible goals: 1. Graduate from high school. 2. Get a job. 3. Save money. 4. Avoid situations that might become violent. 5. Lose the nickname. Unfortunately for the hero of Holes, things are never quite that simple. In Small Steps, “Armpit” blunders into a major scam and an equally major celebrity hook-up. A nice follow-up to Louis Sachar’s Newbery Awardwinning novel.