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 brilliantly plotted and 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.
‘Louis Sachar is one of the few new masters of American fiction’ — Independent on Sunday
‘Small Steps has Sachar’s familiar ease, intelligent humour, suspense and humanity’ — Sunday Times (Children’s Book of the Week)
Louis Sachar is one of the few new masters of American fiction — Independent on Sunday
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Upon returning to Austin, Armpit set five goals for himself. Five small steps.
1. Graduate High School
2. Get a job.
3. Save his money.
4. Avoid situations that might turn violent.
5. Lose the name Armpit.
In this wonderful, funny and deeply satisfying novel by master storyteller Louis Sachar, Armpit finds all his small steps becoming much bigger than he had anticipated. When he gets mixed up with his old friend X-Ray in a ticket scam, things look set to unravel. But this is only the beginning of Armpit’s troubles in this brilliant, fast-paced adventure story by the author of the bestselling HOLES.