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Small Steps (Holes #2)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  10,251 ratings  ·  1,135 reviews
SMALL STEPS is a contemporary 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, and The Cardturner.

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 everyo
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Ember (first published 2006)
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Joaquín Jiménez-Waingort I wouldn't say boring, just fast-paced and really unneccesary.
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Christian C. for TeensReadToo.com

Remember Armpit, from HOLES? It's been two years since he was released from Camp Green Lake Juvenile Correctional Facility, and ever since, he's been trying to stay clean. In order to stay clean, he's established for himself five small steps:

1. Graduate from high school.
2. Get a job.
3. Save his money.
4. Avoid situations that might turn violent.
5. Lose the name Armpit.

(By the way, this is not a sequel to HOLES; you don't need to read HOLES to enj
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Susanne
I can't tell if this was supposed to be a young adult book or not. Small Steps is a sequel to the book Holes, which was fun to read. In this second book, Sachar follows Armpit as he transitions back into society after his stint at Camp Green Lake. I thought the premise had potential, but in my opinion, it was a fairly transparent story about puppy love and cliche rehabilitation. The book ends with a startling act of violence which doesn't fit with the rest of the story, and then leaves the two m ...more
Janet
What's easy about being the sequel to Holes is that any implausibilities of plot are irreproachable, 'cause you can't hardly get more implausible than Holes and it was awesome. What's hard is simply that you're the sequel to Holes. Because it was awesome. High bar. I'm embarrassed to admit it took me 5 years to get around to actually reading Small Steps, the story of Armpit's X-Ray-influenced adventures back home in Austin, trying to get his life turned around after his time at Camp Green Lake. ...more
Lucy
Last we saw Armpit, he was digging holes at Camp Green Lake. Now, Armpit (nicknamed for a wasp bite on his armpit) is still digging holes, but now he's getting paid for it, working for a landscaper in his hometown of Austin, TX. Armpit (or Theodore, as he prefers to be called) is trying to straighten his life out after two years of juvie, while everyone is expecting the worst of him. The only person who believes in him is his feisty ten-year-old neighbor Ginny, who has cerebral palsy. He is earn ...more
Robert Tabb
Dec 08, 2007 Robert Tabb rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sachar fans, Older readers
I was reluctant to read Small Steps since Holes is my all-time favorite book and I had heard several negative things from readers concerning how Armpit and X-Ray were handled.
After reading the book, I can see where some people might be disappointed (it's not Holes). However, I found Sachar's ability to weave several stories together to be captivating. His strength of creating "acting true to who they are characters" is on display as Theodore finds himself interacting with diverse characters.
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Jinky
(3.5)
I enjoyed Holes so I thought I'd read another from this author. I was not disappointed. This was a surprisingly gripping story. An off-shoot from a couple of the characters in Holes, Armpit and X-ray return in this novel. Armpit putting to work what his counselor had advised him to do ..take small steps, hence he set 5 goals for himself: graduate from high school, get a job, save his money, avoid situations that might turn violent, and lose the name Armpit. X-ray of course had to jiggle tho
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Parkhurstjordan
I thought that this book was sorta weird compared to holes it was less exciting I didn't really get the same feeling as I did in holes I got hooked to holes but I am not saying I hated it I am just saying that the book had no connection to holes. There are 4 main characters in the story Armpit, X-Ray, Ginny, and Kaira Deleon. The book has a way of wanting me to keep reading even though I thought it was boring I think it's because the characters that are form holes ( Armpit X-Ray) you want to kno ...more
James Lee
Small Steps is the sequel to Holes. Both books were extraordinarily good. Small Steps is the continuation of Holes, but it's not told from Stanley's point of view anymore. Stanley went home and lives a normal life, but the story is now focused on Armpit's life. Armpit was another person in Camp Greenlake, he and Stanley were friends. His life after Camp Greenlake is told through this book, and it is extremely interesting. It's such a great book, I believe that if you have read Holes then you sho ...more
Jesse German
I never read Holes, but I watched the movie and liked it. However, I don't think you necessarily have to read or watch Holes to enjoy and understand this book. This book was an amazing and easy read. After reading Small Steps, I would like to go back and read Holes because I think that Louis Sachar is a great author and would love to read more of his work. Small Steps follows the life of Armpit and X-Ray two years after they have been released from Camp Green Lake. Armpit is trying to take small ...more
Bruce
Theodore Johnson a/k/a Armpit is taking the advice of the counselor in his halfway house. He’s taking change in his life in small steps. He’s making the transition from inmate at Camp Greenlake, a notorious Texas boot camp for juvenile offenders back into civil society. He’s doing all right. He has a steady job with a landscape contractor; he’s saving his pay, and going to summer school to complete high school. It’s all going well until his old friend X-Ray stops by with a sure fire way to make ...more
Kressel Housman
Stanley and Zero had their happy ending at the end of Holes, so Louis Sachar did a sequel of sorts starring two of the minor characters from Camp Green Lake, Armpit and X-Ray. Armpit is trying to put his life back together. He’s got a legitimate job and he’s enrolled in summer school, taking speech and economics. But when X-Ray shows up and pressures him into a ticket scalping scheme, Armpit, against his better judgment, joins in. Naturally, they have just enough success to want to keep it going ...more
Abbey Lissaman
Has anyone ever read Holes (by Louis Sachar)? Well this is sort of the sequel. Armpit and X-Ray are now about 17 years old, and Armpit has a job working for the landscape gardening company, which he happens to be very good at because of all the digging he had to do at Camp Green Lake. When Armpit and his old mate X-Ray get mixed up in a ticket scam, things start to get messy, and with the choice of choosing between the popular singer and potential girlfriend Kiara DeLeon, or acing his economics ...more
★ Jess
This was an amazing book.
Very simple, short and sweet-yet utterly amazing.

Maybe it was the simple writing style that made that harsh issues so great.
SMALL STEPS was touching in many ways. IT covered subjects like disability,love,hope and racism with such ease.

The plot is... pretty good. Totally unpredictable! I loved this.
Suspense was great. Characters likable.
Amidst the fun and pleasure of reading this touching novel-was a great feeling. An uplifting feeling.
Dang! I just cant describe it
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Janette
I loved Holes so I was happy to find this book with some of the same characters. And I have to say right off that Louis Sachar should write song lyrics. The ones in his book were really good. Maybe Lady Gaga could hire him because whoever she has doing that job keeps coming up with stuff like, "Tonight, yeah baby, tonight".

But I digress.

Anyway, I liked the book. In a couple of places I wanted to yell out instructions to the main character.

My only complaint was the ending. I wanted more of a roma
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Andrew Reynolds
“The book Small Steps is the follow-up to HOLES. This book is one that makes you keep reading on and on. I felt it was a heart-warming book.”

“This story starts off with Armpit coming back from Camp Green Lake, trying to work his life back into shape in Austin, Texas. The only one who accepts his though is his 10 year old disabled neighbor, Ginny. Together they will take small steps to prove they world wrong. Armpits friend X-ray and his try to make quick money for selling a new pop star Kaira De
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7706marley
This was the sequel to the amazing book Holes. This story was about Armpit. It has been 2 years since armpit was at camp green lake. Now armpit aka Theodore is trying to start his life over. He has a job and is finishing school. But when armpit runs into a friend from camp green lake named X-ray things go wrong. It is also told from the perspective of a teenage pop star who later becomes an important character.

This story is crazy!!!! So much going on. Armpit becomes the hero of this story.
Yumi Learner
My Thirty-first book in English This Year~Small Steps

I finished my thirty-first book without using a dictionary in English this year. The book is sequel of my first English book that I read five years ago. The book was "Holes". After reading the book, to make sure the content I watched the movies of the book as well. Five years ago it took more than one month for me to read the book without a dictionary. It was really big challenge for me at that time.

A couple weeks ago I found the sequel of Ho
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Heather
Featuring two of the characters who were with Stanley Yelnats at Camp Green Lake, Small Steps is a stand-alone sequel to Holes. The characters, Armpit and X-Ray, are a couple of years older than they were during their incarceration at Camp Green Lake, and the story is more mature than Stanley's in Holes. Armpit, who is growing up and wants to lose his embarrassing nickname, is focused on graduating high school, working at his landscaping job, and saving money. He also has an adorable friendship ...more
An Odd1
First chapter http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/15/boo...
In the guise of songs for "African American" p 9 'Kaira DeLeon' Kathy Spears 17, poems are honeyed or foot-stompin' lyrics. She calls "white" bodyguard Fred 'Doofus', and 'Armpit' Theodore, how I finally remembered him from Camp Green Lake. Not the same hero, but a "big black dude" p 107.

Theo's pal 'X-Ray' "Rex Alvin Washburn 17" p 177 borrows saved hundreds to illegally scalp concert tickets in Austin Texas, talks too much. Rumor of high-pr
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Jaret
I loved this sequel to Holes. It was a great depiction of a young man taking small steps to get his life back on track after his time in juvenile detention. Sachar really showed how much Armpit had matured from his time at Camp Greenlake and the months after. He had a lot going for him and some trouble set against him (his old pal X-ray). But the best part was his relationship with Jenny, a young girl who lives next door with cerebral palsy. It was amazing to see how his decisions were affected ...more
Damarri King
Small Steps by Louis Sachar is an Action/Adventure novel about 17 year old Thedore "Armpit" Johnson, who has been released from Camp Green Lake two years ago and is back living in Austin, Texas. Armpit is in summer school, and has a job, he is trying to make something of himself and the only person who believes in him is his neighbor Ginny who is handicapped and is 10 years old. While Armpit is taking small steps at a time his friend from Green Lake, X-Ray, comes to him with a plan to make mone ...more
Jake L
The book is about a man named Theodore, who came from Camp Green Lake, in the book Holes (Holes, #1) by Louis Sachar by Louis Sachar. Theodore lives in Austin with his parents, and digs holes for a living. His friend X-Ray wants to scalp tickets for a famous singer in town, but ends up getting Theodore and his friend in trouble because of it. I really enjoyed the story because of its way to not give away the ending, because there are many plot-twists within the book.I realized that from reading this book, people can do bad thi ...more
Julie Decker
Once known far and wide (okay, at his detention camp) as Armpit, Theodore now wants to be Theodore. But losing the nickname is a lot easier than losing his shady past, even though he wants to go straight and earn an honest living. At seventeen, black, with a criminal past, he sees the road as long, but he's determined to move forward little by little. His neighbor Ginny idealistically believes in him, which buoys him up. Against his better judgment, Theodore gives money to his camp pal X-Ray so ...more
Robb Terranova (aka Robb Michael G)
Loved Small Steps by Louis Sachar. Anytime a book leaves me imagining what happened to the protagonist it's a good book. And anytime I finish the book feeling good or pensive or even excited, it's a good book. I stumbled across this book while looking for another book, but having read Sachar's Holes, I decided to pick it up, thinking it might be a sequel. However, it's actually a spin-off, taking two of the minor characters: Armpit and X-Ray.
Armpit is trying to lead a good life. He doesn't want
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Nickie
Thanks to GoodReads I was able to discover that there were more books related to Holes. I wouldn't necessarily call them a series. This would be more like a thin side branch novel where Holes was the tree and roots. This book focuses on two characters from Camp Green Lake: Armpit and X-ray. The story itself was not horrible, but it was not unique at all. I have read countless stories that have a character trying to better his life that is thrown into a bad situation and therefore their new impro ...more
Monique
I choose to read this book because i wanted to read the second book of holes. The genre is fiction, but I think it could happen. The setting is at Armpit's work and at a concert and New York. The main character is Armpit and he went to a camp called Camp Greenlake. The camp was for kids that did bad things. Armpit is not his real name but people call him that because he got stung by a scorpein in the armpit. in the begining he is working at the mayers house doing yard work. Then his friend X-ray ...more
Gabriel Hall
I think that this book is a pronominal book. Its about a boy name Armpit who is now 17 who faces an African American boy "teenager" with a very bad criminal history. of the Towards the middle of the book Armpit and Ginny get along very well. One of the characters in the story is named Kiara Deleon. Kaira is a spoiled teen who is stubborn and blind to the corruption of her team that is managed by her stepfather.Her step father name is El Genius.When she is off stage,she is often lonely staying in ...more
Joanna Caswell
My fifth graders loved Holes and asked if Small Steps could be an option for their next literature circle groups. I always read books before I bring them into my classroom, and I'm SO glad I read Small Steps first. Although it is very well-written, has a great message, and kept my attention throughout the book, it's not appropriate for my fifth graders (mentions of sex and drugs throughout).
Amar #3
Armpit, a senior high school student, just returned from juvinile correctional facility Camp Green Lake. Now Armpit is living in Austin, Texas.

Everybody expects Armpit to hurt somebody because Armpit has a criminal record, and it is harder to turn around his life. Ten year old Ginny, Armpit’s neighbor, is the only one who truly believes in him.

Armpit is doing well until X-ray, Armpit’s buddy from Green Lake, offers him a get – rich – quick plan. X-ray’s scheme gives Armpit a chance to be Kair
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Katie
I wasn't sure I was interested in reading a Hole's sequel, but I liked the excerpt at the back of Holes, so I gave it a try.

It was okay, but it's skippable. I don't really enjoy stories of people making bad choices. And it felt . . . less complete than Holes, I think.
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Louis Sachar (pronounced Sacker), born March 20, 1954, is an American author of children's books.

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“But I'm taking small steps
'Cause I don't know where I'm going
I'm taking small steps
And I don't know what to say.
Small steps,
Trying to pull myself together
And maybe I'll discover
A clue along the way!”
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