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Holes (A Yearling Book) by Louis Sachar

Holes (A Yearling Book) (original 1998; edition 2000)

by Louis Sachar, Vladimir Radunsky (Illustrator), Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator), Louis Sachar (Author)

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Title:Holes (A Yearling Book)
Authors:Louis Sachar
Other authors:Vladimir Radunsky (Illustrator), Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator), Louis Sachar (Author)
Info:Dell Yearling (2000), Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:Adolescent, Chapter Books

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Holes by Louis Sachar (1998)

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"Holes" is a daring story of a boy Stanley who is sent to a camp as punishment for a certain crime. There he meets a group of boys and together they unravel a bit of a mystery. They do this by digging holes. Through plot development, we see this story unfold. We learn different things about the characters and how they are all somehow tied together in a one way or another. Through the authors use of cause and effect throughout the plot development, the reader feels as though they are involved. The descriptive language used by the author is another key aspect of this book. The author is detailed in describing events that take place and characters that are involved. We know what Kissin' Kate Barlow looks like with her red lipstick. This story is all about friendship, family, and overcoming adversity. ( )
  BlairThompson | Oct 18, 2016 |
I was unsure how I completely felt about this book. A part of me really liked Holes because of the topics that it discussed such as racism, interracial couples, and deception. For example, there was a lot of racism that had to do with interracial couples. Like when Kissin’ Kate Barlow and Sam were dating, the police burned her school down and killed Sam because they refused to break-up their relationship. There was also an interesting theme of deception. For example, “Camp Green Lake” is actually a desert and “Kissin’ Kate Barlow” is actually the name that came about when Kate started killing men. These are what made the book interesting and what led me to like it. The one part about reading this book that made me feel unsure was the confusion of the family lineage. For example, there are many characters that are introduced in this book and they are all related in some sense. Hector Zeroni (also known as Zero) is related to Madam Zeroni, but we do not find this out until the middle of the book. Also, the flashbacks became confusing and a bit boring at times. For example, when the author wrote, “Trout had always gotten everything he ever wanted. He found it hard to believe that Miss Katherine had turned him down.” This was confusing because flashbacks such as these would be included in the regular tense. The main idea of this book would be importance of friendship and the consequences of fate. ( )
  TaylorSistek | Oct 17, 2016 |
I liked this book for its simple word choice; it was a very quick and easy read for me. I also found the use of alliteration in the book very interesting, especially the use of metaphors. For example, Camp Green Lake, even though it is neither a camp nor a lake. Another metaphor is the title “Holes” although the “campers” dig holes to build character the title also represents the holes in the character’s relationships. However, I found this book to be a little confusing. The constant flashbacks without informing the reader and multiple stories in one made the book hard to follow. The big idea of this book is the importance of history in everyday life. For Stanley, knowing his family’s history was very important in discovering himself. ( )
  charlotteduncan | Oct 16, 2016 |
I liked holes because the vocabulary choice was simple, but there was so many metaphors in the book like, “There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.” This metaphor helps the reader understand the complicated situation that is Camp Green Lake. I also liked the simple vocabulary because it made the book more accessible to lower readers in upper level grades. The next thing I loved about the novel was the complicated relationships the characters had with each other. At first, Stanley was unsure of Zero, but once they started to work together they were best friends. Also, I loved how everyone was related. The sheriff from the flashbacks was related to the current warden at Camp Green Lake. This added intensity to the novels progression. The main message of the book was that not everything you hear is truthful. Stanley really did not commit that crime, the kids were really not digging holes for character, and the warden was not who she really said she was. ( )
  KoraRea | Oct 14, 2016 |
Stanley Yelnats has never been lucky. He's convinced he is cursed; it's all thanks to his great-great grandfather Elya Yelnats. Stanley gets accused for a crime he didn't commit and is sent to a boy's juvenile detention center, Camp Green Lake, where he is forced to dig holes. Although only asked to dig up holes in the sand, Stanley digs up much more; he digs up the truth. He learns the truth behind Camp Green Lake and masters friendships through his time there. Him and Zero work together to solve the mystery of Kissing Kate and Stanley learns about his family history and relevance to Camp Green Lake and Zero. Children who read this book will learn the importance of hard work and friendships. ( )
  NicoleHorney | Sep 25, 2016 |
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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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