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* AesopAmnesia: X-Ray was arrested and sent to Camp Green Lake for running a scam. He's back to it as soon as he and Armpit are out, roping him into a ticket scalping scene. What makes it worse is he gives Armpit a photocopied ticket to use at the concern, which gets the latter beaten up and nearly sent to jail again.

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* AesopAmnesia: X-Ray was arrested and sent to Camp Green Lake for running a scam. He's back to it as soon as he and Armpit are out, roping him into a ticket scalping scene. What makes it worse is he gives Armpit a photocopied ticket to use at the concern, concert, which gets the latter beaten up and nearly sent to jail again.


* AesopAmnesia: X-Ray was arrested and sent to Camp Green Lake for running a scam. He's back to it as soon as he and Armpit are out, roping him into a ticket scalping scene. What makes it worse is he gives Armpit a photocopied ticket to use at the concern, which gets the latter beaten up and nearly sent to jail again.



* BittersweetEnding: Kaira is saved, but [[spoiler:she not only has memory loss but her voice is damaged and she is financially ruined. It is said that she starts singing again, with some difficulty, so there is hope for her to recover her old life.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: Kaira is saved, but [[spoiler:she not only has memory loss but her voice is damaged and she is financially ruined.ruined thanks to her mother's friend stealing all of her money. It is said that she starts singing again, with some difficulty, so there is hope for her to recover her old life.]]]]
* ChekhovsGunman: Kaira's bodyguard whom she calls a doofus. It turns out [[spoiler:he is good at his job and refuses to let El Genius murder her even as she tries to ditch him]].


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* IdiotBall: Kaira, instead of keeping her mouth shut, tells El Genius that the minute she is eighteen, he is fired as her manager. [[spoiler:El Genius may have tried to kill her anyway, but he has a greater incentive]].


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* ILied: Armpit only agreed to X-Ray's scheme to get him off his back and asks to keep some of the tickets so he can take Ginny to Kaira's concert. The tickets that X-Ray gave him were photocopied rather than the real deal. Armpit is not amused when he nearly gets arrested and Ginny has a seizure. X-Ray is unrepentant.


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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Debbie; she knows that [[spoiler:Armpit and X-Ray were the ticket scalpers. She refuses to prosecute them because Armpit suffered punishment enough by inadvertently arriving at the concert with phony tickets and then nearly getting framed for murder. Plus, El Genius was the one who was encouraging scalpers by making up stories about how popular Kaira is and he's already in jail now]].


* DemotedToExtra: Stanley is only mentioned once, and not even by name. Apparently he gave Armpit lots of free boxes of ''Sploosh''.

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* DemotedToExtra: All of the Camp Green Lake kids except Armpit and X-Ray. Stanley is only mentioned once, and not even by name. Apparently name (apparently he gave Armpit lots of free boxes of ''Sploosh''.''Sploosh''), and the others don't even get that much.


* BatmanGambit: Kaira hates her bodyguard Fred and regularly tries to ditch him. [[spoiler:El Genius had hoped for this, so that he could murder her in secret and not get the blame for it since he was the one who hired Fred.]]

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* BatmanGambit: BatmanGambit:
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Kaira hates her bodyguard Fred and regularly tries to ditch him. [[spoiler:El Genius had hoped for this, so that he could murder her in secret and not get the blame for it since he was the one who hired Fred.]]



* HiddenDepths: Of all the characters of ''Holes'', did you really think ''Armpit'' would be the kind, thoughtful one?
** The movie actually implies it, by giving Squid/Alan's lines at the end to him (in which [[spoiler:he gives Stanley a phone number and tells him to call his mother and tell her he's sorry for something]]).

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* HiddenDepths: Of all the characters of ''Holes'', did you really think ''Armpit'' would be the kind, thoughtful one?
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one? The movie actually implies it, by giving Squid/Alan's lines at the end to him (in which [[spoiler:he gives Stanley a phone number and tells him to call his mother and tell her he's sorry for something]]).



* IdolSinger: Kaira De Leon.

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* %%* IdolSinger: Kaira De Leon.



-->'''Armpit''': "Did you tell her my nickname?"
-->'''Ginny''': "I just told her it was a part of the body."

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-->'''Armpit''': "Did -->'''Armpit:''' Did you tell her my nickname?"
-->'''Ginny''': "I
nickname?\\
'''Ginny:''' I
just told her it was a part of the body."



** And El Genius.

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** %%** And El Genius.



* TheStoic: Kaira's bodyguard, Fred.

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* %%* TheStoic: Kaira's bodyguard, Fred.



* UnfortunateNames: El Genius, Kaira's stepfather, real name being Jerome Paisley. Kaira also nicknames her bodyguard "Doofus".

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* UnfortunateNames: UnfortunateNames:
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El Genius, Kaira's stepfather, real name being Jerome Paisley. Kaira also nicknames her bodyguard "Doofus".


* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Should I sign [your cast] 'Theodore' or 'Armpit'?"]] Subverted with the next line. [[spoiler:"As I said, case closed."]]

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* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Should I sign [your cast] 'Theodore' or 'Armpit'?"]] Subverted with the next line. [[spoiler:"As I said, case closed."]]"]]
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* LostAesop: The book is certainly trying to say ''something'', although what exactly that is a complete mystery. Is it a comment about the nature of fame and celebrity culture? Is it tackling themes of marginalization, race, and income inequality? Or is it merely a borderline-offensive muddled mess of numerous vaguely important topics smushed together into a big incohesive pile?

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* LostAesop: The book is certainly trying to say ''something'', although what exactly that is a complete mystery. Is it a comment about the nature of fame and celebrity culture? Is it tackling themes of marginalization, race, and income inequality? Or is it merely a borderline-offensive muddled mess of numerous vaguely important topics smushed together into a big incohesive pile?


* IHaveThisFriend: Played with. Kaira thinks Armpit is doing this when he attempts to explain the situation.

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* IHaveThisFriend: Played with. Kaira thinks Armpit is doing this when he attempts to explain the situation. Armpit tells her that "his friend" (meaning X-Ray) was the ticket scalper, and she angrily asks him something like "was it you who kissed me earlier, or your ''friend''?"

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* OneSteveLimit: Enforced. Karia's real name is Kathy Spears, but she performs under a stage name because Britney already took that surname.


''Small Steps'' is a young adult novel by Creator/LouisSachar. It is a sequel to ''Literature/{{Holes}}'' which follows Theodore ("Armpit") and X-Ray after their release from Camp Green Lake. Two years later, Armpit is trying to finish passing high school, earn some money, and get his life back on track. X-Ray, however, plans a get-rich-quick scheme with him by scalping tickets. Those tickets, however, are for the concert of Kaira De Leon, a troubled teen pop singer. Their lives intersect in unexpected ways.

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''Small Steps'' is a [[YoungAdultLiterature young adult novel novel]] by Creator/LouisSachar. It is a sequel to ''Literature/{{Holes}}'' which follows Theodore ("Armpit") and X-Ray after their release from Camp Green Lake. Two years later, Armpit is trying to finish passing high school, earn some money, and get his life back on track. X-Ray, however, plans a get-rich-quick scheme with him by scalping tickets. Those tickets, however, are for the concert of Kaira De Leon, a troubled teen pop singer. Their lives intersect in unexpected ways.


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* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Should I sign [your cast] 'Theodore' or 'Armpit'?"]] Subverted with the next line. [[spoiler:"As I said, case closed."]]

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* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Should I sign [your cast] 'Theodore' or 'Armpit'?"]] Subverted with the next line. [[spoiler:"As I said, case closed."]]

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''Small Steps'' is a young adult novel by Creator/LouisSachar. It is a sequel to ''Literature/{{Holes}}'' which follows Theodore ("Armpit") and X-Ray after their release from Camp Green Lake. Two years later, Armpit is trying to finish passing high school, earn some money, and get his life back on track. X-Ray, however, plans a get-rich-quick scheme with him by scalping tickets. Those tickets, however, are for the concert of Kaira De Leon, a troubled teen pop singer. Their lives intersect in unexpected ways.

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* AdultsAreUseless: Armpit's parents seem unable to believe that their son has become a better person. Kaira's mom throws everything to her husband. [[spoiler:The husband tries to kill her.]]
* AffablyEvil: Billy Boy, an anonymous person who regularly sends Kaira letters telling he loves her, she's beautiful, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and one day he'll kill her.]] [[spoiler:He turns out to be El Genius.]]
* {{Awesome McCool Name}}: Kaira De Leon, and her stepfather, El Genius.
* BatmanGambit: Kaira hates her bodyguard Fred and regularly tries to ditch him. [[spoiler:El Genius had hoped for this, so that he could murder her in secret and not get the blame for it since he was the one who hired Fred.]]
** This was also done earlier in the book, as it's revealed the story about how Kaira's tickets sold for $750 in Philadelphia was planted by El Genius to increase demand for them.
* BittersweetEnding: Kaira is saved, but [[spoiler:she not only has memory loss but her voice is damaged and she is financially ruined. It is said that she starts singing again, with some difficulty, so there is hope for her to recover her old life.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: To Armpit, Kaira opens up almost instantly, but it takes an entire [[spoiler:murder attempt]] for her to open up to her bodyguard.
* DemotedToExtra: Stanley is only mentioned once, and not even by name. Apparently he gave Armpit lots of free boxes of ''Sploosh''.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Armpit got into Camp Green Lake because he beat up a group of boys who tripped him and made him spill his popcorn.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Ginny is implied to be good at math. Each of her stuffed animals are also disabled, with some kind of hidden talent.
* DudeNotFunny: In-universe. El Genius jokes about [[spoiler:how Ginny went into a seizure, causing the cops to think Armpit had given her drugs.]] Kaira hates this, and personally requests to see them.
* EverybodyKnewAlready: [[spoiler:Debbie finds out Armpit was one of the ticket scalpers, but doesn't arrest for it because "As I said, case closed."]]
* FlippingTheBird: A jogger does this to X-Ray after he flirts with her from his van.
* HiddenDepths: Of all the characters of ''Holes'', did you really think ''Armpit'' would be the kind, thoughtful one?
** The movie actually implies it, by giving Squid/Alan's lines at the end to him (in which [[spoiler:he gives Stanley a phone number and tells him to call his mother and tell her he's sorry for something]]).
* IHaveThisFriend: Played with. Kaira thinks Armpit is doing this when he attempts to explain the situation.
* IdolSinger: Kaira De Leon.
* INeverToldYouMyName: Armpit is confused to hear Kaira sing "Oh, you'd never guess, Armpit, [I'm a] damsel in distress." [[spoiler:It's actually a {{Mondegreen}} saying "I'm but". Kaira actually sings his version later.]]
* InnocentInnuendo:
-->'''Armpit''': "Did you tell her my nickname?"
-->'''Ginny''': "I just told her it was a part of the body."
* InsistentTerminology: X-Ray insists that "X-Ray" isn't his nickname, [[PigLatin it's actually his name in another language.]]
* {{Irony}}: Armpit's new job after leaving Camp Green Lake? Digging holes. (Well, technically trenches, but...)
* {{Jerkass}}: X-Ray has clearly learned ''nothing'' from his experiences at Green Lake.
** And El Genius.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: El Genius. Kaira points out to him the parallel with her name and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Ponce_de_León Ponce de León]], but he's never heard of him. [[spoiler:He turns out to be much smarter about committing murder.]]
* MoralityPet: Ginny to Armpit. Also counts as a sort of LittlestCancerPatient.
* ProperlyParanoid: Kaira believes [[spoiler:her stepdad was sending the death threat letters. He was. And tries to kill her.]]
* TheStoic: Kaira's bodyguard, Fred.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. Kaira does have a therapist, but doesn't trust her because she was hired by her father.
* TitleDrop: "Small steps" is Armpit's motto to rebuilding his life, as well as Ginny's recovery. [[spoiler:It ends up being the title of Kaira's new song.]]
* UnfortunateNames: El Genius, Kaira's stepfather, real name being Jerome Paisley. Kaira also nicknames her bodyguard "Doofus".
** One of Armpit's goals is to try to lose his nickname.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Should I sign [your cast] 'Theodore' or 'Armpit'?"]] Subverted with the next line. [[spoiler:"As I said, case closed."]]

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