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Small Steps (Holes Book 2) by [Louis Sachar]
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“Sachar’s touch is as deft as ever and the book is a page-turner.” –Detroit Free-Press
“Louis Sachar is magic to the toughest circle of critics: librarians, children’s booksellers, teachers–and, most of all, kids.” –USA Today

“Mr. Sachar's gentle but surefire approach nails down challenging issues such as racism, teen romance and drugs.”–Dallas Morning News

“Part of what makes Small Steps so believable and appealing is that its characters do have insecurities, and they aren’t ashamed to let them show.” –BookPage

“Sachar is a master storyteller who creates memorable characters.” –School Library Journal

“Cleverly wrought…heartwarming, witty and suspenseful.” –Time Out New York Kids

“Sachar has a talent for creating realistic relationships between unlikely friends. Although that's a staple device of children's literature, it often works by drawing on clichés. Sachar's characters, though, are never stereotypes, but always vividly alive.”–Los Angeles Times

“His prose is clear and relaxed, and funny in a low-key, observant way.”–New York Times

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*Starred Review* Gr. 5-8. In rougher days, Armpit, named for an ill-placed scorpion bite, bullied a new member of his work-camp team. That kid was Stanley Yelnats, whose travails in Holes earned Sachar a 1998 Newbery Medal and National Book Award. Though Armpit is now 17, the tone of his experiences remains squarely middle-grade, and like Stanley, he proves an appealing, hapless character buffeted by others' schemes and shouldering the burdens of personal history--in this case, the bruisingly real challenges facing an African American teenager with a criminal history. Armpit takes his counselor's suggestions seriously ("Just take small steps and keep moving forward"), but he nonetheless becomes entangled in returning character X-Ray's concert ticket-scalping enterprise, resulting in a serendipitous meeting with a bubble-gum pop star and an awkward role in a police investigation. This is both less experimental and less streamlined than Holes;Armpit's bond with a girl with cerebral palsy, for instance, often seems too clearly intended to reveal his soft heart. Even so, Holes fans will be thrilled by the tightening of the plot elements to a single, suspenseful point, and they will eagerly follow the sometimes stumbling, sometimes sprinting progress of Sachar's fallible yet heroic protagonist. To learn more about the author's decision to mine Holes for new inspiration, see the adjacent "Story behind the Story" feature. Jennifer Mattson
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  • ASIN : B000FCKPPI
  • Publisher : Delacorte Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (February 28, 2006)
  • Publication date : February 28, 2006
  • Language : English
  • File size : 398 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Print length : 272 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN : 0747587159
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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