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Small Steps (Holes #2)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  13,752 Ratings  ·  1,444 Reviews
Two years after Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin. With a record, everyone expects the worst except disabled neighbor Ginny 10. They take small steps on the right path until Camp pal X-Ray has a get-rich-quick idea. Teen pop sensation Kaira DeLeon spins his life out of control. Doing the right thing is never a wrong choice, but a small step in the right direction.
Hardcover, 257 pages
Published 2006 by Doubleday Random House
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Jennifer Wardrip
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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
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coming-of-age, kids
Fun sequel to the renowned 'Holes'!
Easy entertaining read, just what I needed right now after all the 'dark' books... :-)
A heartwarming book and funny too.

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 believes in Armpit is Ginny, his 10-year old disabled neighbor. Together, they're learning to take small steps.
Armpit seems to
Shoa Khan
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listen-up
Small steps,
’Cause I don’t know where I’m goin’.
Small steps,
I just take it day to day.
Small steps,
Somehow get myself together,
Then maybe I’ll discover
Who I am along the way...

I think it's rather silly to label this book a sequel to Holes, when it simply takes two non-prominent characters from Holes and takes their story forward. And that's about the only thing connecting the 2 books, as they couldn't possibly have been more different.
I know a lot of people have had an issue with this book as t
Dec 21, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
rachel • typed truths
Contains minor spoilers.

Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy Small Steps as much as I did Holes. In fact I found it rather boring. It was great that we got to see where Armpit and X-Ray ended up after their stint at Camp Green Lake but I would have preferred reading about Stanley.

While I didn't mind Armpit - he wasn't a bad character, just dull - I really didn't like X-Ray. I didn't understand why he lied and cheated. I get that a fair few ex-prisoners relapse and end back in jail, but ticket scamming
Jun 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middlegrade
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
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Robert Tabb
Dec 08, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Jan 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
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
Apr 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Take Armpit, X-Ray, a teen star and a little girl called Ginny. Add a well-meaning mayor, parents who don’t understand, other parents who do, and one who doesn’t even want to. Mix in some ticket scalpers for the teen star’s concert; plus some impossible coincidences that just have to be the way they are because that’s how the magic of Sachar’s stories works. And rest assured it does work, beautifully, un-put-down-ably and, just like Holes, delightfully memorably too.
Sophia Luo
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uhhh 4.5/5? I dunno. This book is like really good and the ending was like waaayyy too sudden and it was like WOOOOAAAHH. And the ending was really sweet but not sweet enough to make me cry. I love how the main character changed and it's all about Armpit now instead of that other guy. Uuuhh yea. You should read this book, I guess. I recommend to 5-9
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
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit, I was well over halfway through this book and wasn't sure I was I was going to like it at all. I felt like I was missing the point. But then I read the last fifty or so pages today, and felt glad that even though more than ten years had gone by since its release, I finally read SMALL STEPS, and it was worth it.
Nurhayati Ramlan
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

4.5 stars
Good....but nowhere near as good as Holes was.
Kathy Davie
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
Second in the Holes realistic fiction series and revolving around Theodore Johnson — we knew him as Armpit. It's been two years since Holes , 1.

In 2007, Small Steps won the Schneider Family Book Award for Teen Book.

My Take
This'll get your dander up when you read how Armpit was railroaded! Where the heck is justice in this world!!

I will say Sachar went off in an unexpected direction, and I'm loving it. It's so positive and upbeat, in spite of the setbacks. Instead it's an opportunity for Theodor
I really liked this when I first read it but there is some language in this.
I enjoyed the representation of the main character and someone with cerebral palsy not looked at as less.
But I don't ever plan on re-reading because of the language and I don't recommend for younger then 13 for some other parts of the story. As always it can very for each kid, I read it very young. But I don't think it would be good for most people at the age it was ok for me (not the language but it is so overly used b
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holes has a sequel!
This was the story of one of the boys from Camp Green Lake and him trying to get his life back in order in Austin, Texas.
This was a good story and I love how LS ties stuff together, but this one had a lot more mature elements than Holes. The Austin elements were fun. There was a lot about race that could lead to good discussions. It quickly morphed from a story about a teen and friendship and choices to a love story to a mystery and then leaves a nice open ending.
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"She said his life would be like walking upstream in a rushing river. The secret was to take small steps and just keep moving forward."

This book is a good sequel to Holes and shows life after Camp Green Lake. It's an easy read but the ending was a bit anti climactic compared to only a few chapters earlier.
It's like Sachar set some goals for himself writing this book.
1. Have a cute friendship
2. Keep them digging
3. Lose the name Armpit
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as Holes but still a good read. My 10-year old liked it too. Some good lessons about the choices we make to make in life.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Great book by Loius Sachar. the continuous series from holes. Armpit is reallyy good! You have mDe some much great description!
Books they are my favorite! ur my favorite author. Me out.
Corinn Savage
A sequel to the beloved book Holes, Small Steps follows Armpit and X-ray during life after Camp Green Lake. Armpit is trying to create a stable life for himself by going to high school and working construction. He knows that when X-ray shows up with an invitation for some quick money, he was in trouble. What follows leads to Armpit meeting an up and coming pop star and a little bit of romance :) If you want to know if Armpit and X-ray get caught, or if Armpit falls in love, read Small Steps to f ...more
Drew Graham
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me
(Probably 3.5)

Theodore Johnson (better known by most as Armpit) has returned home from Camp Green Lake and is trying to turn his life around. Summer school, a good job (digging holes!), and an unlikely friendship with his precocious ten-year-old neighbor Ginny (who happens to have been born with cerebral palsy) seem to be pointing him in a positive direction, even if his parents don't seem to trust that he's doing his best to improve his situation and his prospects. When his old Camp Green Lake
Michael Hickey
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
An Odd1
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
First chapter
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
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sequel to Holes, read-aloud with Hinton. It focuses on a couple of the minor characters in Holes after they leave Camp Green Lake. Unlike most books I read with him, this one I had never read before. We both totally enjoyed it. There were a couple nights I was tempted to read ahead after he went to bed because I wanted to know what was going to happen!
Todd Stockslager
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Sachar is a good writer, regardless of the style or level of writing (geared to Young Adults as the 10 to 15-year-old tweeners that libraries aim his books toward are known).

He succeeds (at least as well as I can tell being a 48-year-old father of three kids who went through that stage a few years back) at hitting the sweet spot of that market with smart, funny, insightful, writing that makes good reading even for adults.

This is a followup to his smash title Holes, which I also read and reviewe
James Lee
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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!”
“There was something special about being in a strange place, all alone in a mass of people even if you had just screwed up your life, or perhaps especially if you had just screwed up your life.” 18 likes
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