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Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes (1998)

by Louis Sachar

Series: Holes (1)

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This is one of my favorite books of all time. It is filled with little mysteries that all culminate to solve one huge problem. I love how all the little details that you didn't think were really significant come together at the end of the book. It made me want to go all the way back to page one and re-read the entire book immediately! I have read this book many times. This book is a great read for anyone from age 12 and up. This is also one of the rare books that I feel was successfully translated in a movie format. ( )
  rjc146 | Jan 23, 2015 |
A bit too grim for my taste, but certainly inventive. ( )
  Audacity88 | Jan 15, 2015 |
Hulde voor de moed, vriendschap en inventivitiet van Holbewoner en Zero, maar de echte escape komt toch van deus ex machina: de uitvinding en advocaat. ( )
  EMS_24 | Dec 15, 2014 |
This book is of good quality because it shows kids making the best out of a horrible situation. A a bunch of boys who have been sentenced to live and work in this camp create their own makeshift family in order to survive. They have no loving parent there, so they support each other. By the end, they're all any of them has got. It teaches the reader that if you believe that you can get through something, like being falsely imprisoned, you will. ( )
  hphipp2 | Dec 5, 2014 |
I liked the chapter book, “Holes.” The main idea of this story if to tell the account of one boy's journey in being mistook as a criminal and being cursed with bad luck. One reason why I enjoyed reading this chapter book is because of how this story was told in a third person narrative. Readers can get a sense that they are watching a movie and imagine as if the scene was happening right before them. The book challenges readers to imagine what the text is saying. For example, “ 'You want to run away!' Mr Sir asked him. Stanley looked back at him, unsure what he meant. 'If you want to run away, go ahead, start running, I'm not going to stop you.' Stanley didn't know what kind of game Mr. Sir was playing.” Another reason why I enjoyed this book is because of the development of the problem in the story. It was like a sigh of relief when I read how Stanley was accused at the beginning of the story and how he was cursed with bad luck to reading how Stanley solved of his problems and broke the curse. The book was able to offer mystery and give many “aha!” exciting moments to readers. This book is a good read for those who like a bit of humorous mystery and adventure. ( )
  yyoon4 | Dec 4, 2014 |
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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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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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