Sachar, Louis. Small steps.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position::Small Steps - Young adult review - Brief article - Book review
 
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SACHAR, Louis. Small steps. Random House, Delacorte. 257p. c2006. 978-0-385-73315-1. $8.99. JS *

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, January 2006: 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 their lives, though the course of their relationship is anything but smooth--for one thing, Kaira's been receiving death threats.

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