SMALL STEPS, by Louis Sachar (2006)
Interest Level: Middle/Upper Grades
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Having been caught up in the HOLES craze a few years ago, I was excited to get my hands on this highly anticipated sequel. I personally loved it, but reactions I've heard from others have been mixed. Part of the reason I may have liked it was because I listened to the audio book and the narrator did a fantastic job of capturing the essence of the characters through his voice tones and inflections. SMALL STEPS follows Theodore "Armpit" Johnson into his life in Austin, Texas following his release from Camp Green Lake. He does his best to stay on the straight and narrow, but this becomes more difficult when he finds himself mixed up once again with X-Ray, one of his fellow prisoners at Camp Green Lake. X-Ray has a "fool proof" plan for scalping tickets to a concert by Kaira DeLeon, a wildly famous pop/soul star. Things get complicated when Armpit finds himself caught up in a romance with the singer, and the drama unfolds amid counterfeit tickets, scandelous managers, and the emotions of teen love.