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Holes by Louis Sachar
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Holes (original 1998; edition 2000)

by Louis Sachar (Author)

Series: Holes (1)

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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.
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Title:Holes
Authors:Louis Sachar (Author)
Info:Scholastic Inc. (2000), Edition: 1St Edition, 233 pages
Collections:Pre - 2014
Rating:****
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Holes by Louis Sachar (1998)

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This book is a great way to teach children about hard times and challenges. That they should never give up and keep on trying. I love this story because it tells past and present during the book. It gives history of the background throughout the story while telling the story in present time.
  Galiana.Carranza | Nov 16, 2019 |
This story is fantastical, brilliant and simply magical. It manages to feel like a fairy tale while also being a commentary about social norms and treatment of those who for one reason or another fail to fit into norms created and reinforced by someone else. Honestly, it was incredible and far more than I ever thought it'd be. ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
The book "Holes" written by Louis Sachar is a well written book that has multiple meaningful themes.
The book is about a boy named Stanley who is sent to Juvy, where he is placed with other young men like himself. This prison or jail that he was sent to was focused on shaping the young men into hardworking men. Everyday, the warden of the prison made these young men go outside into the desert and dig holes searching for a hidden treasure. The warden believed that this pointless labor builds character, but Stanley tries to dig up the truth.
This book is a must read for children, it teaches them that they can overcome "bad luck" and that the idea of friendship is extremely important.
I would recommend this book for children above the age of 9, and should be introduced to students in the 4th-8th grade range because that is around the age where children go through and find their friends. ( )
  Awechs1 | Oct 23, 2019 |
Sachar mines the tradition of tall tales while setting his novel in a contemporary US, leavening his storytelling with challenges recognisable to a grade schooler living there today. This approach makes for an entertaining story painted against a backdrop that is realistic and thoughful yet never weighs the story down. W loved both the characters and the mystery, all while reading about the immigrant legacy in US history, racism yesterday and today, peer pressure and bullying, poverty and inequity, and the meaning of family tradition.

A good part of why it works is the gleeful use of coincidence, crazy actions, and jokes at the expense of adults. It's a well-written book with great characterization and clever prose. The film, on the other hand, is workmanlike, Disney unable to capture for cinema the magic in Sachar's telling. ( )
1 vote elenchus | Sep 24, 2019 |
Great middle school reading. ( )
  Reyesk9 | Sep 23, 2019 |
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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.
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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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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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