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Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes (1998)

by Louis Sachar

Series: Holes (1)

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This about a boy that got into trouble for something he did not do. But at the end the boy was rewarded for the things he had did and found. ( )
  VictoriaVivians | Jun 9, 2017 |
Stanley was set to a juvenile detention camp for crime he didn't commit. We’re headed to camp! Stanley’s family was cursed several generations back, and over the course of the book, we get a glimpse into some different time periods, as well as his time at the camp. The campers were forced to dig holes day in and day out. In the end Stanley and his friends made it out safe and the camp owners were arrested.

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I love the moral of the story, even if you are given a bad break in life you can still make it out on top. Along the way people are faced with hard deskins and it’s hard not to take the easy way out.

Extension Ideas
1. Take the children outside to dig for buried treasure.
2. Have the children create a different ending to the story. ( )
  April03 | Apr 26, 2017 |
"Holes" is a book about a boy named Stanley that is sent to a camp for kids that have gotten in trouble, even though Stanley was innocent of the crime he was accused of. At the camp they are forced to dig deep holes every day because the people that run the camp are looking for something that had been buried a long time ago. There are different twists and turns that Stanley encounters and he even makes a friend along the way. An activity could be to have a class discussion about what kinds of things could the kids have found when they were digging. Another activity would be to have the kids draw a picture of the treasure that Stanley found. ( )
  chad.erickson | Apr 23, 2017 |
Stanley Yelnats is a boy who was accused of stealing a pair of shoes and is sent the Camp Greenlake. At this camp, the boys are forced to dig holes to build character. Stanley's family believes that they are cursed because his great great- grandfather was told by Madame Zeroni that if he did not take her to the top of the mountain to drink from the river his family would be cursed for always and eternity. The boys realize that they are digging the holes to help the Warden find something. Stanley make a deal with Zero that he will teach him to read, if he helps him dig his holes. One day, Zero decides to run away and Stanley goes after him. They end up seeing "God's thumb" up on top of the mountain and climb up and find the only water within several miles. Then they go back to the camp and find something very special.

This book has great character development and it is very fascinating to see how all of the characters are connected. ( )
  Hanleighearle | Apr 23, 2017 |
Why does Stanley’s juvenile detention center in the Texas desert require each boy to dig a 5-foot hole every day? An inventive narrative puzzle filled with twists and turns. ( )
  SaraLancon | Apr 17, 2017 |
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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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