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Original Essays | September 17, 2014 13 comments
My first novel, Love Me Back, was published on September 16. Writing the book took seven years, and along the way three chapters were published in... Continue »
Louis SacharDescribe your latest project.
Although Small Steps tells the story of Armpit (Theodore Johnson) a character from Holes, it is not really a sequel to Holes and the reader certainly doesn't need to have read Holes first. The story takes place two years after Armpit returned home from Camp Green Lake, a juvenile correctional facility, and as an African-American with a criminal record, he has come home to a world where everyone expects the worst from him. The only person who believes in him is his ten-year-old neighbor, a white girl with cerebral palsy. Armpit is trying to turn his life around by just taking 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.
He seems to be on the right track until his friend, X-Ray, talks him into putting all his money into a ticket-scalping scheme for a Kaira DeLeon rock concert. Things spin out of control until Armpit and Kaira find themselves in a very dangerous situation.
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