by Louis Sachar
Review by Womble Dean
Louis Sachar may have some strange names for some of his characters, but they are awesome. If you read this book, you will walk away with a really great one. His name is Armpit. If you've read "Holes" and/or watched the movie, you will most likely love this book. Could it stand up as a successful motion picture as well? I believe so, it has an even more down to earth feel with an incredible message of hope, repentance, and redemption. There's no mysterious treasure like in "Holes" but there is an interesting back story of intrigue and plotting involving money that takes the story into overdrive later in the book. You will be left with an open ending, but that's what the message of the book is really all about, "There is no end, only new beginnings, for those who are willing to keep taking small steps."
I'll admit it right now, I'm a very sentimental sort of chap in spirit. I love stories that move me and leave me wanting to be a better person. Heck, I'll even admit that there were parts that brought a few tears. If you're the type of person that believes in men that aren't ashamed of their feelings, then this book is for you. Who would have guessed that an Armpit could be so appealing? If there were more Armpits and fewer butt holes the world would be a better place. Two thumbs up for Louis Sachar.