Saturday, 10 April 2010

Small Steps by Louis Sachar

This is the sequel to the amazing book Holes which I loved so much that I gave it 10 out of 10. See my first few posts to see my review of Holes.
Small Steps is about Armpit and X-Ray once they have left Camp Green Lake. Armpit sets himself a few small steps to try and make himself a better person. These steps are;
  1. Graduate High School
  2. Get a job
  3. Save his money
  4. Avoid situations that might turn violent
  5. Lose the name Armpit.
So Armpit gets a new job digging trenches - surprise, surprise- and is quite happy with everything. He is making a lot of money, doing well at school, avoiding by violent situations, no-body knows about his previous nickname and he even got to dig trenches for the mayor.

But when X-Ray suddenly turns up things start to go wrong. X-Ray has a plan to make a lot of money he asks Armpit if he can borrow some money and that if he does Armpit can double all of his money in just two weeks, first Armpit is reluctant but finally gives in.

So what X-Ray and Armpit do is buy twelve tickets for the amazing pop star Kaira De Leon from the station selling them and they get them very cheap, they then sell the tickets at a very high price in a newspaper advert.

So can X-Ray and Armpit sell the tickets? From meeting the pop star to nearly getting X-Ray put into jail, this is a very funny story about trust and loyalty. I enjoyed it so give a 8 out of 10.


  1. Hello, Dottie

    I arrived at your blog through a google search for photos depicting "small steps". I love the photo, and am finding that you are indeed, not your average teenager. I have seen the movie Holes, loved it, but not seen 'Small Steps.'

    I am writing to tell you that I have used this photo on my blog,LINKING back to your post here for the image credit. I would like your permission to use this image. Please check out the blog (mine) which uses your photo. It's important to ask for permission and I use it(your photo) to log Small Steps of progress made weekly.

    Let me know what you think. And, in the meantime I think I'll look around at your other reads.


  2. I enjoyed this book as well, but I would have given it nine out of ten. Do you know if there is a movie of it? I know there is a movie of Holes but I think it isn't enough like the book. Great summary of the story :) I hope there will be a fouth book but I doubt there will be.

    thank you