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Small Steps: Holes Series, Book 3
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The young adult follow-up to the bestselling Newbery Award book and movie sensation, Holes. 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 believe in Armpit is Ginny, his ten-year-old disabled neighbor. Together, they are learning to take small steps. Armpit seems to be on the right path until X-Ray, a buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme. X-Ray's plan leads to a chance encounter with teen pop sensation Kaira DeLeon, the Beyoncé of her time, and suddenly Armpit's life spins out of control. Only one thing is certain: he'll never be the same again. Combining his signature wit with a unique blend of adventure and deeply felt characters, Sachar explores issues of race, the nature of celebrity, the invisible connections that shape a person's life, and what it takes to stay the course. Doing the right thing is never a wrong choice—but always a small step in right direction.

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Street Date:
01/10/2006
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Louis Sachar. (2006). Small Steps: Holes Series, Book 3. Unabridged Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.

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 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 believe in Armpit is Ginny, his ten-year-old disabled neighbor. Together, they are learning to take small steps.
 Armpit seems to be on the right path until X-Ray, a buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme. X-Ray's plan leads to a chance encounter with teen pop sensation Kaira DeLeon, the Beyoncé of her time, and suddenly Armpit's life spins out of control. Only one thing is certain: he'll never be the same again.
 Combining his signature wit with a unique blend of adventure and deeply felt characters, Sachar explores issues of race, the nature of celebrity, the invisible connections that shape a person's life, and what it takes to stay the course. Doing the right thing is never a wrong choice—but always a small step in right direction.

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      • content: "Sachar's touch is as deft as ever and the book is a page-turner."
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      • content: "Mr. Sachar's gentle but surefire approach nails down challenging issues such as racism, teen romance and drugs."
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      • content: "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."
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      • content: "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."
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        This companion to Holes
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      • content: Curtis McClarin takes no small steps in his energetic reading of Sachar's sequel of sorts to HOLES (1998). He gives a distinctly African-American voice to this story of ticket scalping, teenage love, crime, and redemption. Two years after their release from a juvenile detention camp, Armpit and X-Ray meet up to join in a ticket-scalping venture. Armpit has no idea that he's taking the first steps on an adventure that will lead him into the worlds of entertainment, intrigue, romance, and heartbreak and will put his own life at risk to foil a plot to murder a teenage diva, Kaira DeLeon. McClarin gives honest, believable voices to Armpit, Kaira, and the rest of the characters. In particular, he gives a touching portrayal of Armpit's neighbor Ginny, a 10-year-old white girl with cerebral palsy. S.E.S. (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine
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The young adult follow-up to the bestselling Newbery Award book and movie sensation, Holes.
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 believe in Armpit is Ginny, his ten-year-old disabled neighbor. Together, they are learning to take small steps.
Armpit seems to be on the right path until X-Ray, a buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme. X-Ray's plan leads to a chance encounter with teen pop sensation Kaira DeLeon, the Beyoncé of her time, and suddenly Armpit's life spins out of control. Only one thing is certain: he'll never be the same again.
Combining his signature wit with a unique blend of adventure and deeply felt characters, Sachar explores issues of race, the nature of celebrity, the invisible connections that shape a person's life, and what...

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