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Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes (1998)

by Louis Sachar

Series: Holes (1)

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*sniff* My childhood... ( )
  KillerCorp | Jul 27, 2015 |
Some books blow me away with plot twists. Others hook me with characters. With HOLES, it was the structure that got me, and how well the structure relates to the subject matter of the story. In HOLES, Sachar presents a story that's chock full of literal and figurative holes--the ones being dug by Stanley and his friends as well as the bits of plot that are seem to be missing at first, but which get filled in as we go along. We'd seen that before from Sachar with SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL--a collection comprised of stories with a strange tilt on reality, all set in a school that's comprised of stories that have been turned on their side. It's an amazing literary device. ( )
  tem2 | Jul 26, 2015 |
Boys who commit crimes are sent to camp green lake to dig holes and think about what they have done. Camp green lake is located in a barren dessert and contains very dangerous animals. And the warden isn't nice either. Stanley was arrested for a crime he did not commit, but was hoping this camp would be fun. His family swears they've been cursed with bad luck. his father is a unsuccessful inventor that is trying to cure foot odor. After digging many holes Stanley realizes they are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. It tells the story of how is great grandfather was cursed. Stanley and Zero find a suitcase that has the name Stanley Yelnats on it.Stanley's lawyer, Ms. Morengo, arrives to say that Stanley has been proven innocent and Stanley and Hector are able to leave the camp with the suitcase. It turns out that the suitcase contains many valuable items.The curse is lifted. Hector is reunited with his mother, from whom he was separated many years ago and stanley has made a new forever friend.Camp green lake ended up being a good thing.
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Everything happens for a reason, and this shows that. Just because it seemed all bad doesn't mean you cant find any good out of it.
Classroom Extensions:
1. The kids can invent things
2. The kids can dig wholes and pretend they are at camp green lake
  am925642 | Jul 20, 2015 |
Holes is a fantastic book about a boy who comes from a rather unlucky family. He is sent to a juvenile facility after he is falsely accused of stealing shoes. The facility was a work camp and the dug holes under the impression that it was just for punishment when in all actuality the warden was looking for something the book never states. Stanley faces many issues while in the facility and he learns to overcome them and he makes some really great friends along the way.

Personal: I like this book, it really shows how to overcome adversity and how to be a great friend. The book is extremely well written and the wording is great.

Extension: A good thing I would do in any setting with children is have them think of something really special and have them write down or say what makes it special and who they would share that something special with.
  M_Graham | Jul 6, 2015 |
Good book! Relationships were genuine and karma was real in this story! ( )
  rebeccar76 | Jun 24, 2015 |
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Stanley Yelnats is a young man with some teenage problems like being overweight, poor, and social outcast. His father is an inventor and his mother is a loving and supporting woman. He believes that he and his family are cursed and that life offers nothing but a bad luck to them. Interesting fact about his name is that his last name is his first name spelled backward. His family blames his “no good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather” for a family misfortune. Because of the broken promise of the great-great-grandfather, a gypsy lady doomed his family with a bad luck.
Numerous happenings led him to conclusion that something needs to be done to get rid of the bad luck. He often finds himself being at the wrong place at the wrong time. After being falsely accused of stealing a pair of snickers from a famous basketball player at an auction for homeless, Stanley picks a Green Lake Detention Camp for Boys to serve a sentence. There is nothing green nor lake like about that juvenile correction facility. The camp is run by The Warden and Mr. Sir. Those two are very brutal people who direct each kid to dig a hole each day under the blazing hot sun. The official purpose of hole digging is to build a character. A hidden purpose is to look for buried and lost treasure of outlaw, Kissing Katy Barlow.
I see Stanley growing and changing into a leader throughout the book. He lifts himself and other around him. Teaming up with “Zero” brought many new and surprising events in his life. Together they succeeded in fighting against cruelty of Warden and her team.
Many teenagers can relate to Stanley. There is a lot to learn in this book about hard work, loyalty, friendship, persistence, love, hard work and fate.
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To Sherrie, Jessica, Lori, Kathleen, and Emily
And to Judy Allen, a fifth-grade teacher from whom we all can learn
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There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.
If you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole everyday in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy.
It was all because of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather.
But everyone makes mistakes. You may have done some bad things, but that doesn't mean you're a bad kid.
His muscles and hands weren’t the only parts of his body that had toughened over the past several weeks. His heart had hardened as well.
It felt good to walk in the shade of the two oak trees. Stanley wondered if this was how a condemned man felt on his way to the electric chair – appreciating all of the good things in life for the last time.
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Please distinguish between Louis Sachar's original novel Holes (1998), and other variants of the same or related material. Thank you.
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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. 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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439244196, Paperback)

Stanley Yelnats is unjustly sent to Camp Green Lake where he and other boys are sentenced to dig holes to build character. Stanley learns the warden has them digging holes for something else- but what?

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As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.… (more)

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