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The Boy Who Lost His Face Paperback – April 15, 1997
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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
Anyways, "The Boy Who Lost His Face" is actually a real-life depicition of a normal suburbia...well, in 1989. Thank god Sachar didn't put any recent refrences...that would make it outdated. The language and profanity, as well as risky topics, add into it. Someone says that "the excuse of 'This is how children act' is wrong" (or something to that extent). Please, PLEASE learn to jump into real life. This IS real life. That could be why this one didn't get much recongition.
It is very thought-provoking, as David has a lot to deal with. Losing his friends, and them become bullies to him. As being 15, there's a lot that I can relate to: The crush, which actually IS depicted as you remembered what it was like. The jerks, true too (well, except the fighting, my school is very strict so we never see any), as well as the eventual nerd friends (Mo and Larry [the "Three Stooges" allusion in the book is presently perfectly, especially the hilarious scene when David tries to explain it to his brother]).
Another great notch about this book is that even though it isn't in first person (none of Sachar's books are, anyways [though the "Holes" movie is told in first person]), he really puts you into the mind of David. For example, during slow scenes, when David is supposed to being thinking more, the detail of the scene increases.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
Publication Date: April 15, 1997
Rating: 4... Read more
Excellent book for my 10 year old son and I to read together. We really enjoyed it.Published 9 months ago by Lori A Miller
Considering the publication date was 1985, and it was written for middle school, I reviewed this because a patron at our public library complained about the content. Read morePublished 18 months ago by dianne
Really intriguing.. An amazing book, I found the curse hilarious. Really recommended for all ages and everyone who just loves a good story.Published 18 months ago by Aziz A.
Not a very good book for such a good author, but enjoyable nonetheless. His others are better almost without exception.Published 18 months ago by Swank Ivy