Sunday, March 19, 2006

Small Steps by Louis Sachar

It’s been two years since Armpit’s (now preferring his given name, Theodore) release from the juvenile correction facility, Camp Green Lake. Armpit is living a great life; he has a well paying job, he’s attending summer school to make up for the schooling he’s missed, it appears that his life seems back on track. His greatest obstacle is trying to have a nice reputation when everyone knows you as a ‘big bully’. That’s where Ginny, Armpit’s ten-year-old neighbor, comes in. Ginny has cerebral palsy and together, Ginny and Armpit are learning it takes small steps to go great distances. Armpit is tested in his new life when an old friend from Camp Green Lake shows up with a moneymaking scam. Scalping tickets for the latest teenage sensation, Kaira DeLeon, Armpit finds himself meeting this young star and beginning a chain of events that throws his life out of whack. Will Armpit’s new girlfriend be as perfect as he dreams, or will she be a nightmare he can’t wake up from? Be sure to read Louis Sachar’s sequel to Holes, Small Steps.

Small Steps, Sachar’s sequel to Holes, proves just as entertaining as the original best seller. With its creative plot and satisfying climax this book is an easy read, and a great story if you are in search of a relaxing novel to enjoy. The book is a great read-aloud with simple language, and kids of elementary grades will love it, but I don’t necessarily recommend it to children over 13 or for someone searching for a complex plotline. The book’s best quality, in my opinion, was its theme: Any problem can be solved or fixed, and if you take small steps towards correcting the problem, it proves a lot easier.

Rating (0 - 10 scale): 9
Reviewer Age: 13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Chambersburg, PA USA