SMALL STEPS author: Louis Sachar storybook made by: Elizabeth Veronie
Plot summary: First, Armpit comes back from Camp Green Lake Juvenile Correctional Facility and gets a job working at Raincreek Irrigation and Landscaping, digging a trench along the side yard of Mayor Cherry Lane's house. After work, he headed home, took a shower, and went for a walk with his neighbor, Ginny, a little girl with cerebral palsy, caused by bleeding in the brain when she was born. Then, he meets with his friend X-Ray at the super market to talk alone. Next, X-Ray and Armpit buy tickets to see Kaira DeLeon preform in Dallas, Texas. After that, Ginny and Armpit go to the concert, and Ginny has a seizure before the concert starts. When that happens, Kaira DeLeon sees it, and she goes over there to see what happened. When she got there, Ginny felt a lot better, so Kaira let them come backstage to see the concert. After that, Kaira starts to really like Armpit, and she sends him an embarrassing letter. Then, she buys him a ticket to California to see her. She even books him a room in the same hotel she was staying at. He meets up with her, and they have breakfast together.
The Conflict: Later that day, Kaira's father sneeks into Armpit's hotel room and steals his cheese knife, a strand of hair out of his brush, and an old band-aid. He puts them in a bag. Some hours later Kaira comes in her hotel room and takes a shower, however, when she is coming out of the bathroom, someone swings a bat at her and hits her first on the side then on the head. She falls, unconscious, onto the floor. When her body guard rushes to help her gets stabbed. Then, Armpit comes in to the room to give Kaira her letter and sees her lying on the floor hurt. He runs to her, only then to see Kaira's dad swinging a bat at him.
The Theme: The theme of Small Steps is that people should not be greedy for money, because wealth can make people do bad things.