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Publisher's Summary

Two years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin, Texas, trying to turn his life around. But it's hard when you have a record, and everyone expects the worst from you. The only person who believes in him is Ginny, his 10-year-old disabled neighbor. Together, they are learning to take small steps. And he seems to be on the right path, until X-Ray, a buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme. This leads to a chance encounter with teen pop sensation, Kaira DeLeon, and suddenly Armpit's life spins out of control, with only one thing for certain. He'll never be the same again. In his first major novel since Holes, critically acclaimed novelist Louis Sachar uses his signature wit combined with a unique blend of adventure and deeply felt characters to explore issues of race, the nature of celebrity, the invisible connections that determine a person's life, and what it takes to stay on course. Doing the right thing is never a wrong choice, but a small step in the right direction.
©2006 Louis Sachar (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
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Critic Reviews

"A smart jigsaw puzzle of a novel." (The New York Times)
"A dazzling blend of social commentary, tall tale, and magic realism." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Karyn on 10-03-06

Wonderful, as always

You can always count on Sacher for the best and most imaginative childrens books. This sequel to Holes (though maybe just a smidgen less wonderful) does not disappoint.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Carl on 05-31-06

OK story but not Holes

Don't expect as wonderful a story as "Holes" from this story about one of its characters. "Holes" to me was a perfect novel. It was well written, had two main stories in one, it had many mysteries, it was exciting, it had characters you grow to love, and it had a good message (more than one actually). It transported you like a great book should and it kept you coming back for more.

This story about Armpit is slow, not very complex, the characters aren't particularly loveable, and the story is bland. It is a OK read when you have nothing else to hear but it is a let down from an author that could write "Holes".

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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