Holes

Holes

Book - 1998
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A darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment

Stanley Yelnat's family has a history of bad luck, so he isn't too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to a boys' juvenile detention center, Camp Green Lake. There is no lake - it has been dry for over a hundred years - and it's hardly a camp. As punishment, the boys must each dig a hole a day, five feet deep, five feet across, in the hard earth of the dried-up lake bed. The warden claims that this pointless labor builds character, but she is really using the boys to dig for loot buried by the Wild West outlaw Kissin' Kate Barlow. The story of Kissin' Kate, and of a curse put on Stanley's great-great-grandfather by a one-legged gypsy, weaves a narrative puzzle that tangles and untangles, until it becomes clear that the hand of fate has been at work in the lives of the characters - and their forebears - for generations.

With this wonderfully inventive, compelling novel that is both serious and funny, Louis Sachar has written his best book to date. Holes is a 1998 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and the winner of the 1998 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the 1999 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Fiction and the 1999 Newbery Medal.
ISBN: 9780374332655
0374332657
9780439128452
0439128455
9780439244190
0439244196
9780440228592
044022859X
9780440414803
0440414806
9780440419464
0440419468
9780374312640
Characteristics: 233 pages ;,22 cm.

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pacl_teens Jul 14, 2020

I believe that Holes is an excellent book for readers of all ages, preferably younger if you love fast paced and adventurous plots. Stanley Yelnats is a fourteen year old boy who is convicted of a crime he did not commit and is sent to a Juvenile Corrections Facility Camp in the desert for eighteen months. I found the plot and characters in the book to be very interesting with many plot twists which lead to an intriguing adventure and surprises along the way. With very suspenseful moments and vivid language it allowed me to feel a connection with the characters. I have read this book multiple times primarily in elementary school and it was entertaining every time at different ages. I recommend this book to anyone who likes short and entertaining stories especially for younger readers who do not enjoy more advanced longer books. - Nicolas, 10

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tang88260_0
Jun 14, 2020

Holes by Louis Sachar is about a boy named Stanley Yelnats who is sent to Camp Green Lake to dig holes as punishment for his supposed theft. At the camp, Stanley quickly makes new friends At first glance, the book may seemingly appear dull as the title says holes. Holes are indeed in the story, but they serve a bigger meaning. Normally most books would have a single timeline but for Holes, it has three. Three different periods, which may seem confusing at first but is a great backstory for Stanley and others. I would give Holes a 10/10 as it seamlessly integrates three different stories into one while also incorporating history.

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white_raven_72
May 29, 2020

This book was great! I loved the characters , the plot, the villains. It was a good read and i recommend this book to others. The movie was great too. Louis Sachar is a good author and I would consider reading more of his books. You would think the plot would go this way, but it’s end up taking a completely different path that seems to sum the story up well. Good read.

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lybahussain
Mar 30, 2020

Holes is an award winning book written by Louis Sanchar. It is about a boy named Stanely, who was sent to juvenile camp after being falsely accused of theft. There, he has to dig holes in the hot desert, day after day, as reform work. Soon Stanely makes friends with a boy named Zero, and together they discover that they are actually being forced to dig to find treasure. They escape the camp and go on a long journey to gain freedom. I especially enjoyed this book because of all the plot twists. As soon as you think something is going to happen, the plot twists and takes a completely different path. `Sanchar whipped up an incredible tale in which Stanely ends up reforming for the better in a unique, unexpected way.

ArapahoeAnnaL Jan 22, 2020

Everything about this book is terrific - the characters, villains, plot and subplots! The main character has flaws but can disobey scary bosses and risk his own life to save another; he can hold still for hours while deadly scorpions crawl over his body; he can carry a friend up a mountain. He 's a low key, likable kid who will even lie to his parents about reform school, telling them he's learning to swim and water ski, to save them from worrying.

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devanshisheth
Sep 04, 2019

This book is too good. Couldn't put it down!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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exlibris80_19
Jul 10, 2019

I read this book to my three sons who are 6, 9, and 11 years old. We all loved it! It was a fun read that kept us intrigued. It made us laugh and it made me tear up a few times. I definitely recommend reading this book!

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emmacheng
May 31, 2019

Holes is my all-time favourite book ever. Period. I love all the plots and twists. 5 stars.

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Gwenm425
Dec 05, 2018

this is my all time favorite book and will stay that way. the plot is just really good and the mystery about zero. best book ever.

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Nathan_Wang
Nov 29, 2018

The first hole's the worst.
No, the second.
Actually, the third.

Stanley is sent to a jail for "bad boys". He is forced to dig holes every single day exactly 5 feet wide and 5 feet deep. Stanley and his friends wonder why they are digging holes. It's all up to Stanley to dig up the truth.

I would give this book a 4.5/5. I couldn't put the book down. Perfect read for 9-13 years of age.

What I like about this book is the humour and the great work of fiction. This book is very adventurous and exciting. I also like the amount of "cliff-hangers". It makes you really want to read the next chapter and so on. A next step is that make the summary on the back more exciting. Most people like me didn't really want to read the book at first (the back seems boring). However, the cover is very well done and looks very artistic! Well done Louis Sachar!

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jasmine_2002
Mar 21, 2019

For my fourth independent reading book, I decided to read the book “Holes” by Louis Sachar. In my opinion, this book had a very creative topic and had many different characters with interesting roles as well as different personalities. When I first started reading this book it was very well understood and I knew what was happening in each chapter. However, as I continued to read the book I noticed that at times I would get confused between all the different characters. Overall, I was able to understand this book and enjoyed this book as well.

After finishing the book “Holes” by Louis Sachar, I had a lot of good things that I liked from this book. However, I also had many thing I wished that author could’ve done different. One of things I liked about the book was how each chapter was set up. What I mean by this is that each chapter at times had different topics but all “blended” well together and wasn’t confusing. Or the new chapter would pick up from where the last chapter ended, this made reading this book very clear and easy to understand. Another thing I liked about this book was how creative the topic of this book was, as mentioned before. Personally, so far I’ve not read a book that had a group of characters somehow connecting to each other and it being easy to understand. However, one thing I disliked about this book was

I would recommend this book to really anyone. Personally, this book was very interesting and again had a great topic. I think that anyone would find this book to be very clear to understand and enjoyable. If I had to pick a specific group I would say teens. I would recommend the book “Holes” to teens because maybe they could relate to the characters or even the topic of this book more than adults would.

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lizzie66
Nov 26, 2016

Young Stanley is forced to go to a camp called 'camp green lake', but its not green at all, just sand and earth. And there is no Lake, its been dry for over 1000 years. Camp Green lake has a long history, and a bad, violent one too. All those 'bad' boys must dig a hole 5 feet high and 5 feet wide. This heartwarming book captures scenes no one would imagine. But while Stanley Yelnats goes through that suffering, Hecter Zeroni(AKA Zero) goes through the worst.

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bethelo
Jun 20, 2015

good book about digging holes to store HUGE balls!0

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Man123
Jul 21, 2014

owsome book

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DaisyCosh
Jul 24, 2012

Stanley Yelnats is wrongfully accused of theft and is forced into a juvenile detention camp and is forced to dig holes until he finds treasure with his best friend Zero.

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MARGARET Y LI
Jul 23, 2012

Stanley has to go to Camp Green Lake, a boys' detention center under a curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather. The boys build character daily by digging holes that are exactly five feet wide and five feet deep under a dried up lake because the Warden is looking for something.

DesireeOnDeck Jul 02, 2012

Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfater and has since followed generations of Yelnats.now Stanly has been unjustly sent to a boy's detention center. camp green lake, where the bad boys have to dig one hall every day, five feet wide and five feet deep. He also meet a boy name Zero that didnt know who to read. they escaped the camp and nobody went after them. stanley and zero found a box of tresure for him and zero. Stanley lawer came and tookk the tresure and letf camp now all his friend that he met at camp is now out and always come to zero or Stanly house to Play. Now zero is not poor and whey live in a big house.Thxz $ Readin My Summary!!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 06, 2012

a boy who digs holes

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henein
Jul 27, 2011

Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfater and has since followed generations of Yelnats.now Stanly has been unjustly sent to a boy's detention center. camp green lake, where the bad boys have to dig one hall every day, five feet wide and five feet deep.

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nlach
Oct 01, 2010

Stanley Yelnats is sent to Camp Green Lake for stealing shoes. Camp Green Lake is a boot camp for boys. Everyday you dig holes at Camp Green Lake. Soon, Stanley realizes that the boys aren't just digging, they're digging for something.

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FatimaNasir_1
Jun 28, 2015

“You're responsible for yourself. You messed up your life, and it's up to you to fix it. No one else is going to do it for you -- for any of you.”
― Louis Sachar

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Man123
Jul 21, 2014

this is good

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ottawalib
Jul 06, 2014

You can't dig your way to a better life.

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MARGARET Y LI
Jul 04, 2012

"Behind them the sky had turned dark, and for the first time in over a hundred years, a drop of rain fell into the empty lake" (225).

DesireeOnDeck Jul 02, 2012

Love This Book read it in 4th grade and seen the movie

lovescars26 Jun 22, 2012

love this book

soccergirl8 Jun 15, 2012

"If only, if only, the moon speaks no reply; reflecting the sun and all that's gone by. Be strong my weary wolf, turn around boldly. Fly high, my baby bird, my angel, my only."

busyinbillspants Jun 06, 2012

" When you spend your whole life living in a hole", he said, "the only way you can go is up.”

busyinbillspants Jun 06, 2012

“If only, if only," the woodpecker sighs, "The bark on the tree was as soft as the skies." While the wolf waits below, hungry and lonely, Crying to the moo-oo-oon, If only, If only.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 06, 2012

"life gives u holes'

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