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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 6.87 X 4.18 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
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This winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award features Stanley Yelnats, a kid who 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 warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishmentand redemption.
Louis Sachar is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Holes, which won the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Christopher Award, as well as Stanley Yelnats' Survival to Camp Green Lake; Small Steps, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award; and The Cardturner, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a Parents' Choice Gold Award recipient, and an ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book. His books for younger readers include There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, The Boy Who Lost His Face, Dogs Don't Tell Jokes, and the Marvin Redpost series, among many others.
"A dazzling blend of social commentary, tall tale and magic realism."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred
"There is no question, kids will love Holes."--School Library Journal, Starred
JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This will be a classic.January 12, 2014JessicaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Stanley Yelnats' family blames their bad luck on his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather. The family believes he was cursed when he failed to keep a promise to Madame Zeroni. Now Stanley has been sent to a detention camp, where bad boys dig holes to build character. He quickly realized, however, that character-building isn't the only reason for the holes. The warden is looking for something. But what?
This is one of those instances where I saw the movie before I read the book. I love the movie. It's a favorite, and I'm very happy to say that it stuck very closely to the book. Minor changes here and there, but nothing outrageous. While the book is actually marketed for kids, the themes are very deep and the humor can be a little dark. I think my favorite thing about this novel is how all the pieces of the story fit together. There are stories for characters who are separated from Stanley by more than a hundred years, but they are all connected to his fate.
Fate is discussed throughout the book as we learn about the Yelnats family curse and its link to a bandit named Kissing Kate Barlow. The idea of something larger than ourselves at work is present through the story. Stanley and another boy, called Zero, even feel drawn to seek refuge at the top of a mountain called God's Thumb.
The story leaves me uplifted as Stanley, and ultimately the reader, learn about friendship, kindness (and its effect, not only on those we show it to, but on us as we show it), and perseverance. On the flip side, we see the effects of greed and hatred.
This one is definitely a favorite, and a book I will read again.
Hannah5 Stars Out Of 5January 2, 2009HannahThis book was an awesome story. Loved all the little mini plots and stuff. It is a definete MUST READ!
Julia4 Stars Out Of 5April 2, 2008JuliaHoles is a good book to read and it had a good plot to it.
Emerson3 Stars Out Of 5April 2, 2008EmersonHoles is a very, very good book. This book could have been improoved a lot. It is good how the story follows the movie a little.
Julia3 Stars Out Of 5April 2, 2008JuliaI think Holes was a great book to read. The book had many adventures and unusal characters. It was fun and very exciting.