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"I'm not going to run away," Stanley said. "Good thinking, " said Mr Sir. "Nobody runs away from here. We don't need a fence. Know why? Because we've got the only water for a hundred miles. You want to run away? You'll be buzzard food in three days." Stanley could see some kids dressed in orange and carrying shovels dragging themselves towards the tents. "You thirsty?" asked Mr Sir. "Yes, Mr Sir," Stanley said gratefully. "Well, you better get used to it. You're going to be thirsty for the next eighteen months."
If you are looking for a truly remarkable novel, something to get your teeth into, something to make you think, and something to make you feel that you have just touched real class, then look no further than Louis Sachar's extraordinary, award-winning novel Holes.
Camp Greenlake is a place for bad boys, where the belief is: "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." When Stanley Yelnats, accused and found guilty of a crime he did not commit, is sent to Camp Greenlake he really doesn't think it can be so bad. Stanley and his family try to pretend that he is just going away to camp like the rich kids do, and he promises to write to them every day. But the harsh realities of the camp, and the evil Warden with her lizard-venom impregnated fingernails with her own reasons for making the boys in her charge dig so many holes, sometimes make dying seem like a great idea. When Stanley leaves the camp to go in search of his friend Zero, their journey towards freedom becomes a battle with hunger, thirst and heat in the shadow of Big Thumb--a mountain so entwined in Stanley's own family history that he knows if they can reach it they will somehow find salvation.
A complex story, riddled with the harsh imagery and barren despair, Holes is a perceptive and intricate homage to family and friendship which never shies away from the harshest of realities yet injects the story of a seemingly hopeless boy with a sly, sideways humour that crackles against the backdrop of the arid wastelands of the desert. A must for anyone, young or old, who relishes an intelligent, courageous and dynamic read. (Age 11 and over) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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 17 months ago 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 17 months ago by Lewis
Random House Children's Books | May 9, 2000 | Trade Paperback
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. Read more
This audiobook is well executed but the setting of the story is grim. My listeners are 7 and 9 year old boys, and they were ready to abnandon this audiobook somewhere in disc 2 (of... Read morePublished on June 16 2010 by Amazon Customer
Stanley got sent to Camp Green Lake, where the juvenile criminals lived to dig holes in the middle of the desert. However, I suppose he learned a whole bunch of things, esp. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2009 by edrm
Stanley Yelnats is sent to Camp Green Lake after being convicted of a crime he did not commit. At Green Lake, the inmates must dig a 5ft (in every direction) hole each and every... Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2008 by Nicola Mansfield