Two years have passed since
Theodore "Armpit" Johnson was released from Camp Green Lake. Back at
home in Austin, Texas, he is making small steps to getting his life back
on track. Being excellent at using a shovel, he works in the landscaping
industry while attending high school.
His friend X-Ray is always looking
for ways to make extra money without having to work hard for it. He
comes up with the idea of purchasing 12 tickets to the Kaira DeLeon
concert, 6 for him and six for Armpit, and scalping them to needed
concert-goers. The problem is that X-Ray doesn't have any money. So, he
turns to his best friend Armpit, who has saved up around $800 dollars in
three months of hard work.
They soon have the tickets in hand, but no
one seems interested in the tickets as X-Ray has doubled the price.
Finally, the tickets start to sell and Armpit decides to take a girl
that he likes to the concert with the last two tickets. When this girls
backs out, because of peer pressure from her friends, Armpit takes his
10-year old neighbor, Ginny, who has cerebral palsy.
Armpit, X-Ray could not resist the temptation of making a lot of money
on the last two tickets and gives Armpit copies of the tickets, which,
of course, are fake. This action begins a chain reaction of events that
may lead to the death of the singer, Kaira and may send Armpit to jail.
Small Steps is a
fictional story written by Louis Sachar. This book is the sequel to
Holes, which is not only the winner of numerous awards, but also
been made into a movie. Small Steps focuses on two of the boys
from Camp Green Lake, Armpit and X-Ray, as they struggle to make it back
in the real world.
This story contains the following main characters:
Theodore "Armpit" Johnson - a young, black man who is going to high
school and working for a landscaping company, X-Ray - Armpit's best
friend who is always looking for ways to make easy money, Ginny McDonald
- a ten year old white girl that lives next to Armpit and has cerebral
palsy, Kiara DeLeon - a young, famous singer who is on tour, and El
Genius - Kiara's step-father and manager.