I finished reading Small Steps and I smiled. This instinctive smile just came across my face and I was sitting on the train just smiling to myself. This book was the companion to Holes that I always wanted and never knew I needed.
How many times did I read Holes when I was younger? At least half a dozen. And at the end I would always wondet what happened to the other characters - I even wrote what could be loosely called 'fanfiction' for a homework piece in Year 8 English. But of course you cannot top Sachar.
By the time I found this companion book to Holes I was a fair bit older than the readership it was aimed to, but that doesn't mean I enjoyed it any less. I liked seeing what had happened to Armpit and X-Ray after leaving Camp Green Lake, and I just wanted Armpit to succeed - I cheered for him when something good happened to him and cringed when something was about to go wrong and I even shed a tear or two.
The only issue I have is that this book is too short - I would have loved to read even more of the characters, see them grow and develop even more and progress with their lives. That being said, it was a very enjoyable read and this book will now have a treasured place beside Holes on my bookshelf.