Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Small Steps

The book is not what one would usually call a sequel to Holes by Louis Sachar. In this novel, the author focuses on Theodore “Armpit” Johnson after his time at Camp Green Lake. In an interview Sachar says he focuses on “Armpit” because he thinks life would be hard for a young man in his position, poor and African-American and having a criminal record.

Armpit is determined to finish high school and uses his digging skills in working for a landscaper in Austin, Texas, his hometown. These are some of his small steps in becoming accepted by society. He has a best friend, Ginny, a ten-year-old white girl with cerebral palsy who lives in the other half of the duplex. Armpit gets involved with X-Ray in a ticket scalping operation which X-Ray says will make them rich. Armpit meets the teen rock star of the show they are scalping tickets for. He gets involved with her and his life is definitely changed forever because of what happens.

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