Holes Hardcover – Sep 2 2008
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"If you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy." Such is the reigning philosophy at Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention facility where there is no lake, and there are no happy campers. In place of what used to be "the largest lake in Texas" is now a dry, flat, sunburned wasteland, pocked with countless identical holes dug by boys improving their character. Stanley Yelnats, of palindromic name and ill-fated pedigree, has landed at Camp Green Lake because it seemed a better option than jail. No matter that his conviction was all a case of mistaken identity, the Yelnats family has become accustomed to a long history of bad luck, thanks to their "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather!" Despite his innocence, Stanley is quickly enmeshed in the Camp Green Lake routine: rising before dawn to dig a hole five feet deep and five feet in diameter; learning how to get along with the Lord of the Flies-styled pack of boys in Group D; and fearing the warden, who paints her fingernails with rattlesnake venom. But when Stanley realizes that the boys may not just be digging to build character--that in fact the warden is seeking something specific--the plot gets as thick as the irony.
It's a strange story, but strangely compelling and lovely too. Louis Sachar uses poker-faced understatement to create a bizarre but believable landscape--a place where Major Major Major Major of Catch-22 would feel right at home. But while there is humor and absurdity here, there is also a deep understanding of friendship and a searing compassion for society's underdogs. As Stanley unknowingly begins to fulfill his destiny--the dual plots coming together to reveal that fate has big plans in store--we can't help but cheer for the good guys, and all the Yelnats everywhere. (Ages 10 and older) --Brangien Davis --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
PW's starred review of the 1999 Newbery Medal winner described it as a "dazzling blend of social commentary, tall tale and magic realism." Ages 10-up. (May)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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So years passed.
When the anniversary edition, complete with its Newbery-medal-bearing jacket, caught my eye, I decided it was time to see what all the hype was about. After all, clearly the book was good enough to be made into a movie starring some of my favorite actors (Jon Voigt, Henry Winkler, Sigourney Weaver, and a young Shia LaBeouf), so it had to be good, right?
Thankfully, this (admittedly flawed) line of reasoning didn't fail me. The book met and exceeded my expectations.
A weak but loveable main character named Stanley Yelnats (a clever anagram, no?) leads readers through the main plot. The story is about an adolescent boy sent to a reform camp, where he must dig one grave-sized hole each day as punishment for a crime we're led to believe he did not commit.
As I suspected, this plot is no fun. But don't let that fool you! The book itself is chalk full of fun...and it doesn't take long for it to enter the story.
A master at suspending disbelief, Sachar weaves together several storylines as he takes us back through Yelnats family history and ties it to the history of Kissin' Kate Barlow, one of the most notorious outlaws in the West. Without revealing too much, and yet dropping enough clues for readers to piece the puzzle together as they go, Sachar unveils each story as a stand-alone piece while keeping firm footing in the main story.
One character after another dances through the book and wins over readers with a sympathetic story of his or her own.Read more ›
The main characters are Stanley, Zero and the Warden. Stanley was an outsider at school, Zero was an outsider at the camp, because everybody thinks that he is stupid and the Warden is the big boss, very strict and only nice when she wants something.
Other characters are X-Ray, Squid, Magnet, Armpit and Zigzag.
The basic conflict is about the friedship between the two boys.
We like the story, because it is easy to read and there are also interesting views into the past ot the characters. But at the end some aspects weren't very realistic and a little bit like a fairy tale.
Do you like digging holes? Well you won't after reading this book.
Holes is a great book about a boy named Stanley who gets blamed for stealing a famous soccer players cleats. These cleats were supposed to be donated to a homeless shelter. Instead of being sent to a juvenile detention centre, they send him to a camp, 18 hours from home called CAMP GREEN LAKE. In the blazing hot sun they make the kids dig holes 5 feet deep and 5 feet wide, everyday from 5:00 in the morning until they finish their hole late in the after noon. It's all about Stanley's friends and their adventures at Camp Green Lake.
Holes has many different and interesting characters, these are a few of them. The main character is about 12 years old named Stanley Yelnats. Stanley is a warm hearted caring friend. He gets teased at school about his weight (even by his teacher). There are also many others. One of the first people Stanley met was Mr. Sir he is one of the main leaders of Camp Green Lake. He also is a stubborn, mean and bossy person. Mr. Pendanski is the tent leader and he helps them all out with what they were going to do with themselves after they get out of Camp Green Lake. Zero is one of the people that Stanley meets and learns to trust. They gave Zero that nickname because he never talked and they thought that he had nothing inside of his head. There are many different characters that I can explain but you'll just have to read the book and find out.
Holes is set in a place that I bet you've never heard of. A place in Texas called Camp Green Lake. You might think there is a beautiful green lake, but to tell you the truth there's not even a lake in sight, not a drop of water either!Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Quoiqu'un peu usé, superbe histoire qui rejoint autant filles que garçon. Dénouement incroyable!Published 3 months ago by Client d'Amazon
Do you believe in curses?
Stanley Yelnats sure does. In fact, his great-great-grandfather betrayed a witch and since then bad luck seems to follow him around. Read more
IT IS A FANTASTIC BOOK, ABOUT FRIENDSHIP !! FOR TEENAGERS AND EVEN ADULTS ( I READ IT 3 TIMES, SO TO SAY THAT I LIKE IT)
I OFFERED IT TO MY GRAND-CHILDREN!
Simply written, yet deeply satisfying story of a boy wrongfully accused of stealing, a curse and a hunt for buried treasure. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2013 by P. Zolantra
I got recommended this book at school and read it and I absolutkey loved it!!!!! I think i have read this book at least 5 times now and each time I love it more and more!!!! Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2013 by Lewis
Random House Children's Books | May 9, 2000 | Trade Paperback
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. Read more