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  • Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: Bloomsbury Publishing; Auflage: 1., Aufl. (2. Juli 2007)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0747583455
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747583455
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 12 - 15 Jahre
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 1,7 x 19,8 cm
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Als Kind war Louis Sachar (1954) ein guter Schüler, aber noch kein besonders großer Leser. Erst in der Highschool entwickelte er sich zu einem richtigen Bücherwurm, Autoren wie J. D. Salinger, Margaret Atwood und Kazuo Ishiguro gehörten dabei zu seinen Favoriten. Später studierte Louis Sachar Wirtschaftswissenschaften und Jura. 1976 entschloss er sich außerdem, ein Kinderbuch zu schreiben. Da er tagsüber einem Job nachging und nur am Abend zum Schreiben kam, brauchte er neun Monate bis zur Fertigstellung. Auch später, als Anwalt, arbeitete Louis Sachar nur Teilzeit, um sich weiterhin dem Schreiben widmen zu können. Diese Hartnäckigkeit hat sich gelohnt: Inzwischen sind seine Bücher so erfolgreich, dass er die Anwaltsrobe an den Nagel hängen konnte.

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'Has Sachar's familar ease, intelligence, humour, suspense and humanity.' Sunday Times 'Readers of the first novel will not be disappointed as the story is as compelling as the first... sure to entrance readers.' Bookseller Children's Buyers Guide 'A pacy adventure, which leaves you cheering Armpit all the way to the finish line.' Good Book Guide 'Has a lot to recommend it - funny dialogue, a fast-moving story, some emotive scenes, an interesting central character.' Guardian

Synopsis

Armpit and X-Ray are living in Austin, Texas. It is three years since they left the confines of Camp Green Lake Detention Centre and Armpit is taking small steps to turn his life around. He is working for a landscape gardener because he is good at digging holes, he is going to school and he is enjoying his first proper romance, but is he going to be able to stay out of trouble when there is so much building up against him? In this exciting novel, Armpit is joined by many vibrant new characters, and is learning what it takes to stay on course, and that doing the right thing is never the wrong choice.

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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von TeensReadToo am 7. März 2011
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Remember Armpit, from HOLES? It's been two years since he was released from Camp Green Lake Juvenile Correctional Facility, and ever since, he's been trying to stay clean. In order to stay clean, he's established for himself five small steps:

1. Graduate from high school.
2. Get a job.
3. Save his money.
4. Avoid situations that might turn violent.
5. Lose the name Armpit.

(By the way, this is not a sequel to HOLES; you don't need to read HOLES to enjoy this book.)

At first, everything goes smoothly, but, slowly, every single one of those steps will be challenged.

For the past year, Armpit has been working for a landscaping and irrigation company, and he has saved almost a thousand dollars. But one day, his friend from camp, X-Ray, tells him that he has the perfect plan to double his money. Rock singer Kaira DeLeon is going on tour, and her next stop is their own town. X-Ray's plan is to buy twelve tickets and resell them for double the money. But since X-Ray doesn't have any money, he asks Armpit for all his savings. Armpit is not sure that this plan is such a great idea, but he doesn't want to let his friend down. So after giving it a lot of thought, he decides to do it.

When I read that I went: What? Is he stupid or what? Of course he's never going to see his money again! Or is he?

Well, unfortunately that's all I can tell you. Oh, wait! There is something else I can tell you -- somehow, Armpit and his 10-year-old neighbor, who suffers cerebral paralysis, get to meet rock star Kaira DeLeon. But you'll have to read the book to learn how that neat twist unfolds.

To me, SMALL STEPS was like a good meal that left me completely satisfied. The story kept surprising me with its unexpected turns.
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Gabriela_42 am 29. August 2009
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Als "Fortsetzung" von "Holes" funktioniert "Small steps" zwar nicht wirklich, dennoch sollten sich Sachar-Fans dieses Buch nicht entgehen lassen! Im Zentrum stehen zwei der weniger wichtigen Figuren aus "Holes", die versuchen, nach der Zeit im Camp Green Lake ihr Leben auf die Reihe zu bekommen. Dies gelingt ihnen auf ganz spezielle Weise, einmal mehr, einmal weniger. Und dann überstürzen sich unerwartete Ereignisse, die zu unerwarteten Ergebnissen führen. Witzig, melancholisch, spannend und berührend.
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2 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von B. Gössler am 6. April 2008
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eigentlich wollte "armpit" nur schnell etwas geld dazuverdienen, ein paar äußerst gefragte konzertkarten eines neuen superstars weiterverkaufen, vielleicht noch mit einem mädchen ausgehen...aber es wird mit der zeit alles so furchtbar kompliziert, vor allem, wenn einem die leise stimme im hinterkopf einflüstert, dass sie nicht wieder in die besserungsanstalt will...er hätte vielleicht doch bei der sache bleiben sollen, die er am besten kann: löcher graben. aber dann wär das alles nicht passiert...
ein gelungenes buch, spannend, ein bisschen zum mitfiebern, vielleicht ein bisschen kitschig, aber das gehört dazu.
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Major Departure, but a FANTASTIC book. 15. März 2006
Von Blake Petit - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book, the follow-up to Sachar's blockbuster Holes, is a major departure from the first novel. It's not exactly a sequel, but rather a new story about two of the minor characters from the earlier book. (Folks holping to find out what happened to Stanley or Zero will be disappointed -- they're not even mentioned in this book, except for Armpit referencing that "Sploosh" was invented by the father of someone he was at Camp Green Lake with). Set two years after the earlier novel, Armpit is now trying to graduate from High School, working and staying on the straight and narrow. Until his old buddy X-Ray shows up with a way to make him some real money... just some old-fashioned ticket scalping.

Like I said, this is VERY different from Holes. That book was part mystery, part generational novel, even part western. This is more of a straightforward story -- no mystery, a hint of crime drama. While Holes dealt with some heavy issues, such as race relations and juvenile detention, this book goes even further, dealing with drug issues, cerebral palsy and even (briefly) sex. None of this is intended as a criticism, but it is important that parents getting this book for their children realize how much more mature this book is than the earlier novel.

That said, this is a really strong book. Armpit and X-Ray were mostly placeholder characters in the first book. Here they're fleshed out very well and joined by other strong characters. You find out why they were in jail in the first place (and unlike Stanley in the first book, they were not falsely accused), and you see that good people can do stupid things sometimes. The ending is more bittersweet than Holes as well, but it leaves you with a real sense of hope at the same time.

It's hard to believe this is the same Louis Sachar who once gave us Sideways Stories From Wayside School, and while at times he tries a little too hard to be "relevant," he's really emerging as a strong, intelligent writer, one who gives young readers a lot more to think about than most writers out there. I'll be anxious to see what he gives us next.
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surprisingly well-done 7. Mai 2006
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a couple of years ago, i read a book whose plot involved the protagonist going underground and finding a colony of humans living with giant insects. it sounded really stupid, but i was at camp with nothing to read, and when i did read the book, i found it surprisingly plausible. and that's the mark of a good author - an author who can make you believe anything.

i was equally dubious with Small Steps. I mean, boy goes to concert, meets rockstar, they get romatically involved, and he ends up saving her life? please. but it all made sense. not only that, it was moving, and showed some really good character developement. my favorite character was Ginny, Armpit's neighbor who has cerebral palsey. she's younger than Armpit, about nine or ten i guess, and they have some very cute conversations. and kaira was just the right mixture of rather spoiled star and sympathetic character.

the book is a lot deeper than holes, and it doesn't have holes' winning random wierdness. it's more of a book for kids to relate to, rather than just laugh at - which is not to say that Small Steps doesn't have plenty of humour:

"You should be a lawyer," said Ginny.
"A lawyer," said X-ray as he mulled it over. "Now you're talkin'. I'm good at the art of verbal persuasion."
"Otherwise known as BS," said Armpit.(p.252)

The point is, the only thing in common between Holes and its sequal is two characters, and that they're both really great books. Small Steps stands alone, as a great YA novel.
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This book is amazing 26. Februar 2006
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Reader's Workshop Paragraph-Michael Brailovsky

Small Steps by Louis Sachar, author of Holes is a book about a boy named Armpit. Armpit was one of the campers from Camp Green Lake, the camp in which Stanley Yelnats, from Holes went for stealing a pair of shoes. Armpit, the main character in this book was one of Stanley's roommates at the camp, and is now back at home and working for a landscaping company.

One day, his friend X-Ray from Camp Green Lake, drives up to him and asks him if he would like to make some money by buying tickets to a concert for sixty dollars and then trying to sell them for almost three times as much. Armpit agrees, but already regrets his choice, when he had almost made one thousand dollars in two months. Armpit accidentally meets Kaira DeLeon, the singer to whose concert they purchased tickets to, and falls in love with her. As they spend time together, Armpit makes the wrong choices over and over again.

I think this is a great leisure book for teens ages 12- 15 because the book is about subjects that teens are interested in and have no trouble understanding. The story is very attractive because there is always something exciting going on and every chapter that you finish, leaves on a cliffhanger. I would compare this book to Holes by Louis Sachar because in the way that it is written in, it describes every element of the story very well. Go read it!
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A Great Story About Learning Life's Lessons 1. Februar 2006
Von KidsReads - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It's no exaggeration to say that SMALL STEPS is one of the most eagerly awaited sequels in recent memory. It's taken Louis Sachar eight years to follow up his Newbery Award-winning novel HOLES, which was also made into a popular feature film. To call SMALL STEPS a sequel, though, is not entirely true; instead, the book is more of a companion to Sachar's earlier novel, following some of the same characters but written in a fundamentally different style.

Theodore "Armpit" Johnson is back in the real world after finally being released from Camp Green Lake, the horrific juvenile detention center that was the setting for HOLES. Living in Austin, Texas, Armpit is determined to finish school while using his shoveling skills in a good job for a landscaping firm. He's learning a lot, saving some money, and taking small steps toward becoming a respected member of society again.

Armpit's life is going pretty smoothly until X-Ray, another former Green Lake detainee, comes on the scene with a get-rich-quick scheme. Pop singer Kaira DeLeon is coming to town, and her show is sure to sell out. X-Ray's plan is to buy twelve tickets and resell them to the highest bidders. He needs Armpit's help (and his bank account) to buy the tickets, and he promises to share the wealth with Armpit.

Not surprisingly, the plan backfires on all cylinders, as Armpit learns lessons about economics, ethics and the law. About the only good thing that comes out of the plan is that Armpit and his young neighbor Ginny (who has cerebral palsy) actually get to meet Kaira DeLeon. Armpit and Kaira have instant chemistry --- Armpit is attracted to Kaira's beauty and intelligence, and Kaira is pleasantly surprised that Armpit likes her for herself. But will Kaira feel the same when she finds out about Armpit's ticket scalping fiasco?

Readers who are expecting SMALL STEPS to contain more of the story of Stanley Yelnats and Zero, the protagonists of HOLES, may be disappointed. Those who are anticipating the tall-tale, almost mythic quality of HOLES's storytelling may also take some time to adjust to the more straightforward, traditional storyline of SMALL STEPS.

Nevertheless, Sachar does manage to elicit sympathy and interest in two of HOLES's more minor characters with this follow-up tale. The story, particularly the doomed ticket-scalping plot, is also well constructed, even though the final violent scenes involving Kaira's unscrupulous manager/stepfather are somewhat over the top. Sachar does include plenty of humor and even some subtle commentary about race and class (both Armpit and Kaira are African American). In short, readers will enjoy SMALL STEPS if they are able to view it as a novel in its own right, and not as a repeat performance of Sachar's beloved HOLES.

--- Reviewed by Norah Piehl
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SEQUEL TAKES "SMALL STEPS" WITH "SWEET-FEET" 11. Januar 2006
Von Kevin J. Loria - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Louis Sachar the award-winning author of over twenty fiction and educational books for children including the Marvin Redpost and Wayside School series. Holes, won the prestigious National Book Award, the Newbery Medal, sold 6 million copies, and was successfully translated to film. Now we finally learn what life is like AFTER CAMP GREEN LAKE. "Small Steps" is a follow-up to Holes, it features ARMPIT aka Theodore Johnson, still digging holes, but now as a landscaper, trying to finish up high school. Armpit's new life is turned upside when X-Ray shows up with a ticket scalping scheme involving teen pop star, Kaira DeLeon. Armpit, who has been trying to take his own "small steps" to the straight and narrow, finds himself once again running afoul of the law.

Eight years after Sachar's breakout hit with Holes, he needs to take big steps to fill "sweet-feet's" proverbal shoes. Does Sachar manage it? Yes, mostly, "Small Steps" is a good book, but not a great one. Sachar's voice is just as clear, and the situations are more realistic. He is most successful with relationships, like Armpit and Ginny a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy whose family lives on the other side of his family's East Austin duplex. The publisher should have resisted the temptation to call "Small Steps" a "companion to Holes" to reduce heavy expectations... especially since the obvious follow-up would be the story of Stanley, Zero and their newfound millions, instead of focusing on one of Camp Green Lake's less appealing characters.

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