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Small Steps by Louis Sachar
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Jan 04, 11

Read in June, 2006


Gladiola-3 stars

Your may remember Armpit and X-ray from Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention facility in the book Holes. In this book, Armpit is trying to turn his life around by taking small steps forward. He has a job working for a landscaper in his hometown of Austin, TX. Things are going well until he fronts the money for his friend, X-ray who has a "get-rich-quick" scheme by scalping tickets to a concert to a teenage pop star, Kaira De Leon.
As you might have guessed things do not go smoothly. It doesn't help that everyone seems to have low expectations of Armpit (Do you remember why he has this nickname?), except for his tent-year-old disabled neighbor, Ginny. Armpit ends up taking Ginny to Kaira's concert, they have quite the experience, some not so pleasant and some surprisingly enjoyable. Armpit will never be the same again.
This is a very different story from Holes, but it keeps the reader wanting more. The author has combined a great adventure with true-life experiences. I loved seeing the high-spirited Ginny who never let her cerebral palsy get in the way and loved Armpit's compassion. The readers will be able to relate to how we all strive to do the right thing, one step at a time.

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