Sachar, Louis. Small Steps.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

SACHAR, Louis. Small steps. Random House, Delacorte. 272p. c2006. 0-385-73314-3. $16.95. (Lib. bdg: 0-385-90333-2. $18.99.) JS*

Sachar's Holes won the National Book Award and the Newbery Medal, among other honors, and YAs, teachers and librarians will be eager for this new novel, which features the character Armpit from Holes. Back home in Austin, TX, two years after his release from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is trying to take "small steps" to get his life back on track, though the only person who seems to believe in him is his 10-year-old neighbor Ginny, who has cerebral palsy. His old friend X-Ray, from Camp Green Lake, involves Armpit in a ticket-scalping scheme, which inadvertently introduces Armpit to the lonely young pop singer Kaira. The encounter changes both...

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