Small Steps by Louis Sachar.
Delacorte Press/Random House: NY, 2006.
Sequel to the Newbery Medal winner Holes

Two friends (Armpit and X-Ray) released from the Camp Green Lake correctional facility are living in Austin, TX trying to improve their lives. Armpit has been told that concentrating on small steps towards the goal is more effective in attaining it. Finishing high school, working and saving money, and avoiding violence are his primary game plan. X-Ray's plan is to make money quickly at whatever scheme works. His new one threatens to ruin Armpit's new start but also gives him an awesome opportunity to meet a teen rock star-which could also land him back in jail.

Armpit's life is certainly eventful as he tries to steer away from the pitfalls opening all around him. Witty, full of adventure, genuine, and reflective, it keeps you interested until the last moment. Note: Main character is different from the one in Holes.
related-juvenile delinquents (rehabilitation), cerebral palsy, physical disabilities, relationships, African Americans, celebrity

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