- Paperback: 233 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury; First edition (1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0439253225
- ISBN-13: 978-0439253222
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4,336 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author
Newbery Award-winning author Louis Sachar is the creator of the entertaining Marvin Redpost books as well as the much-loved There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, winner of 17 child-voted state awards.
Louis Sachar's book Holes, winner of the 1999 Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, is also an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Quick Pick, an ALA Notable Book, and was made into a major motion picture.
A Few Words From Louis Sachar
Of all the characters from Holes, why did you choose to revisit Armpit in SMALL STEPS?
LS: I tend to write about underdogs. It seemed to me that life would be tough for an African-American teenager from a low-income family with a criminal record. Especially someone stuck with the name, "Armpit."
Although this new book is about a character from Holes, the two books are very different. How would you explain to a fan of Holes what to expect from SMALL STEPS?
LS: I can't. I'm no good at describing my books. Holes has been out now for seven years, and I still can't come up with a good answer when asked what that book is about.
Could you imagine future novels about any of the other boys?
Do you think about what Stanley is up to now?
LS: I don't think too much about Stanley or Zero. I left them in a good place. Although money doesn't bring happiness, or give meaning to someone's life, the problems Stanley and Zero face now (and I'm sure they do face many problems) are less interesting than those faced by someone like Armpit.
Plenty of teenagers fantasize about what it would be like to be a young rock star.
You portray it as lonely. Tell us about that decision.
LS: The media tends to portray the teenage world as one where drinking and sex is taken for granted. In fact, I think most teenagers don't drink, are unsure of themselves, and feel awkward around members of the opposite sex. I thought it was important to show Kaira, a rock star no less, as such a person. Her situation, in many ways, is made more difficult as she has no social contact with anyone her age. She is trapped in a world of agents, record producers, and hanger-ons.
I'm imagining that off all the books you've written, Holes is the one that has changed your life the most. Not only did it win the Newbery Medal, it's also simply a popular sensation. Is this assessment accurate? What is this novel's continuing impact on your life? Would you consider it the book that you are proudest of?
LS: Not counting Small Steps, I think Holes is my best book, in terms of plot, and setting, and the way the story revealed itself. It hasn't changed my life, other than that I have more money than I did before I wrote it. I'm still too close to Small Steps to compare it to Holes.
Why do you typically write only two hours each day?
LS: Small steps. Every time I start a new novel it seems like an impossible undertaking. If I tried to do too much too quickly, I would get lost and feel overwhelmed. I have to go slow, and give things a chance to take form and grow.
Top Customer Reviews
It is suspenseful, interesting,and not one chapter
is even the slightest bit boring.
You will find that you will want to read this book
Louis Sachar has done an amazing job with Holes.
I hope that my review convinces you to read this
wonderful award winning book.
The piece is very disturbing at first, demanding and bleak but realistic with a touch of the magic to come. The beginning can be a little hard to get through, almost depressing. But the rewards are ample and well worth the emotional journey.
Stanley Yelnats is an unlikely yet likeable protagonist who's evolution and growth is gradual and encouraging and totally believeable. I can imagine that many young adolescents will really relate to this "outsider". He gives us all hope. Yet for all Stanley's troubles and adventures, Sacher has given him a pair of loving and totally supportive parents. Yes, Stanley is the hero who comes to the rescue, but his parents are not fools and, in the end, do some growing of their own. How refreshing!
I'll not only give this book to various youngsters on my holiday list, but several adults will find it in their stockings as well.
Grab an onion, a canteen of fresh water, put your shovel down and enjoy!
plot, and finished it within twenty-four hours. Although I realized that what I was reading was definitely `pleasure reading', I enjoyed piecing together the events in my mind and near the end of the book I was able to triumphantly say, "Ah-hah!" Even though most events fell together, I did not in the least appreciate the last chapter in which the author instructs the readers to `fill in the holes' on their own. It led me to believe that the author himself couldn't think of anything to tie events together and therefore, he simply thought of an eloquent way to tell us to use our imaginations. All things considered, Holes was an excellent book and I enjoyed it very much. Louis Sachar definitely made a contribution to children's literature in the writing of Holes and deserves the honors he received for it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the movie and the book was even better! My girls and I read this for Language Arts for our homeschool. Great story with many great teaching moments.Published 2 days ago by grapeape
I loveeee this book. It has always been my favorite since sixth grade when we would read it as a class. I loved the book since that day. Not one single chapter is boring. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Asala
I like the book so much! I was so in to the book that I want to read forever! (2nd grader posting on mom's accountPublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
An amazing book! I did not expect it to be so well written! I recommend this book to any and all 5th grade students.Published 3 days ago by Miguel Malave
I loved holes. I t was moving, had a plot that kind of connected everything together, and was just one of those books which you just cannot put down.Published 10 days ago by Thistle Zhang
This novel will not assist the juvenile justice system to make advances but it has an engaging plot with some twists.Published 11 days ago by Charlie B.