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Holes [Paperback]

Louis Sachar
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March 11 2003
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys "build character" by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn't take long for Stanley to realize there's more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.

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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.

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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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars HOLES Feb. 13 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic. Aug. 23 2013
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Simply written, yet deeply satisfying story of a boy wrongfully accused of stealing, a curse and a hunt for buried treasure. It draws upon eastern European folklore as well as the classic American tall tale, and combines them in a totally unique way. It's the kind of story that children and adults will completely enjoy for different reasons. It has won multiple awards, including the Newberry Medal and the Young Readers Choice Award, which is voted on by children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever!!!!!! Aug. 17 2013
By Lewis
Format:Kindle Edition
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!!!! This is a five star book abd recommend this book to all readers!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars holes book review March 16 2007
By kobekc
Holes book review

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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holes Sept. 12 2006
I saw the movie and loved it so much that I wished that I had read the book. I watched the movie, Holes, with my sister and two nephews. We all thought that Holes was wonderful. The book Holes is about a boy named Stanley Yelnats.

Stanley gets into trouble when he was walking home from school one day, and the shoes of his favorite baseball player fall from the sky and hit him in the head. The cops find him and take him back to his house. A few days later, he goes to court and they think he stole the shoes. They give him a decision. He can go to jail or go to Camp Green Lake.

Stanley picks Camp Green Lake a camp where they have to dig holes. The holes must be 5 feet deep and 8 feet across, and they must dig one every day. To find out what happens after Stanley is sent to Camp Green Lake, read the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dig It up Them Holes April 3 2006
By Nicole
Holes is a book by Louis Sachar, this book is a fiction book. The setting takes place at Camp Green Lake in present day. The two main characters in Holes are Stanley Yelnats and Hector Zeroni. Stanley is a very curious, brave and suspicious. Everyone has a nick name for each other and his is Caveman. The second main character is Hector Zeroni. His nickname is Zero because they say he's nothing. Hector is very quiet, doesn't talk, and does what he has to do. He's also very poor and has been separated from his mother. Hector and Stanley become best friends at first it's the only friends they get. The conflict begins when Stanley is blamed stealing a pair of shoes he didn't steal. The shoes fell out of no where. The judge sends him to a boys digging camp; where he thought he would have fun. Although when he arrives; there a many surprises coming his way. If you want to find out what happened read the book.
I really liked this book because it's entertaining and I didn't once want to put it down. The characters make this book breath taking. I would recommend Holes to both boys and girls for ages 8-13.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Saw the movie first July 19 2004
By Yuri F
I made the mistake of seeing the movie before reading the book. The book is good but the movie is better. I think if I had read the book first it may have been a better choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two Points of View.... gotta love it. July 5 2004
This book jumps back and forth from two points of views. Stanlys, and his great great, well actually I can't remember the exact speil about his pig stealing grandfather, but they were cursed becuase of him.and becuase of that curse, Stanly gets sent to a work camp.... posing as a reformitory camp for boys..... becuase he supposidly stole famouse shoes. Yep thats rightr folks Famous shoes. Well any way, this is anthor one of those stories where the protaganist finds more than he figured.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for older listeners
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 more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
HOLES was first released over a decade ago, so I have no excuse for not joining the masses in reading it before now. But, I kept telling myself, it's about boys digging holes. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2009 by TeensReadToo
5.0 out of 5 stars What Stanley Learned in Camp Green Lake
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 more
Published on Feb. 25 2009 by edrm
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