Small Steps

Topics: Louis Sachar, Holes, Stanley Yelnats' Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake Pages: 2 (734 words) Published: August 20, 2008
At the end of the book Holes (the prequel to Small Steps), Camp Green Lake had been locked down and the boys released. Once the protagonists from Holes, Stanley and Zero, had been freed from the camp, the common 5th grader couldn’t wait for a follow up on what life would throw at them next. Unfortunately, Small Steps didn’t’ posses our desires, instead it follows the story of one of the minor character named Theodore (nicknamed Armpit). After spending some time in a halfway house, Armpit starts to get his life back on track by taking summer school classes and getting a job in the landscaping busines. He does this not only for self benefits but to improve his reputation with his mom (since he lost her respect for going to Camp Green lake) Shortly after, Armpit befriends a young, white girl named Ginny (who his neighbor and has cerebral palsy). This stereotype, and message, is not commonly graspable to the average 10 year old (since this book is aimed toward that age). Surprisingly this “vulgarity” continues throughout the book with scenes such as Armpit’s friend selling parsley as marijuana, an attempted murder and a teen pop rock sensation telling everyone she’s a virgin. Although shocking, these points didn’t fully sway the main intentions of Sachar’s work. Armpit partly becomes friends with Ginny because no one else would want to be close to her, thus, feeling pity he takes it upon himself to treat her as his sibling. Subsequently, his old pal from camp green lake (X-Ray) appears, from what it seems like from no where, with a get-rich-quick scheme. This involves, scalping tickets to the Kaira Deleon concert, the current teen pop sensation. Another minor character, what is Sachar thinking? While reading the book it was found motivating to know there was some hope that the person Armpit acknowledged could’ve been a protagonist. Yet it was just X-ray with some cheesy plan. If Sachar would have thrown in at least one “somebody”, then this book would have been a...
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