Small Steps (Readers Circle)

Louis Sachar
SMALL STEPS is a hip young adult novel from Louis Sachar, the New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Award–winning smash hit phenomenon book and movie/DVD sensation HOLES. 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 believe in Armpit is Ginny, his ten-year-old disabled neighbor. Together, they are learning to take small steps. Armpit seems to be on the right path until X-Ray, a buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme. X-Ray's plan leads to a chance encounter with teen pop sensation Kaira DeLeon, and suddenly Armpit's life spins out of control. Only one thing is certain: he'll never be the same again. Combining his signature wit with a unique blend of adventure and deeply felt characters, Sachar explores issues of race, the nature of celebrity, the invisible connections that shape a person's life, and what it takes to stay the course. Doing the right thing is never a wrong choice—but always a small step in right direction.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2020-11-05

As a sequel to "Holes," I was expecting something other than what I got and that surprise made it all the better. "Holes" is a wonderful book, but its storyline veers into fantasy. Its protagonist is an innocent white youth in the wrong place at the wrong time and a buried treasure discovered lets him live happily ever after. In "Small Steps" the protagonist is a black youth and such a happy ending would have been unbelievable given the systemic racism in America. 

I don't want to be a spoiler to this much more realistic story. I do however want it included in my library. My library is in Mexico where the people are white and black and every shade of brown in between. Having books that deal honestly with racism will help keep this library grounded in the experiences of my students.

 

Biblioteca Inglesa de Fortin

(English Library of Fortin)

Fortin de las Flores, Veracruz, Mexico

https://librosfortin.libib.com/

Reviewed: 2018-07-24

I loved this almost as much as Holes! I think perhaps it was that the Holes plot seemed more intricate and mysterious, but maybe that's just because I'm so much older now? Idk. It was still a great book and Sachar is still a master storyteller. I wish they'd teach this book in schools a lot more, especially the middle schools my students come from. I think they'd really like it.

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