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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)

Series: Holes (1)

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Title:Holes (A Yearling Book)
Authors:Louis Sachar
Other authors:Vladimir Radunsky (Illustrator), Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)
Info:Dell Yearling (2000), Paperback, 272 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Newberry, Discipline, Family

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Holes by Louis Sachar (1998)

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A young youth offender is sent to Camp Green Lake to serve his punishment for stealing a pair of running shoes. Although innocent, his parents lack the funds to hire adequate legal help. At camp, Stanley learns he has to dig a 5 by 5 by 5 hole in the desert every day. He makes friends quickly and one especially named Zero becomes a close one especially when Stanley teaches Zero to read. This becomes a crucial part of the plot and the saving of their lives at the climax.

Aimed at young adults, Sachan keeps the story moving rapidly and will assuredly keep young readers involved. The novel also teaches friendship, cooperation and overlooking peoples differences. There is even some information about how to survive in the desert. ( )
  lamour | Mar 28, 2014 |
A great little book! Stanley Yelnats is a great character, growing and believing in himself while wondering about what's right and how to do his best within a group of troubled boys.
  wareagle78 | Mar 22, 2014 |
"If you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy."

Stanley Yelnats is cursed and it has caused him to be sent to an all-boys detention camp. There he is sentenced to dig a hole everyday in order to build character. This story is oddly great. That fact that it is so quirky might be why it is so appealing to both young and adult readers alike. This is an easy read and is great for late elementary school to early junior high aged readers.

Winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award ( )
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I think this fantastic adaptation of the movie is helped by the fact that Sachar wrote the screenplay. Who better to know which elements of his book needed to be translated to the big screen and how! The translation to the big screen is helped by the book's cinematic read. As for the movie itself, the acting and pacing are excellent; the near-constant action and mystery makes this movie constantly entertaining. The issues of bullying and social justice and how the characters deal with these make this an important movie for children to see. There is a some violence, so only children 9 and up should watch this. The little bit of magic and diverse cast also makes this a great movie great for boys and girls. A good idea is to screen the movie after a kid or class has read the book and discuss how well the various elements translate to the big screen or what differences there are between the two.
  Megs_Scrambled | Mar 16, 2014 |
Stanley is being sent to a place out in the middle of nowhere, and he has to dig holes. He meets a guy named Sam and becomes friends with him. They both dig holes together and then end up running away in the end. They run away and find a source of water that is running and then they find a snake and one of them gets bit.
I truely didn't really like this book but it was pretty good. The whole book was about them digging holes, and eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and finding things in the holes. Which for me was really boring when there just digging holes all day. ( )
  HannahK.B1 | Mar 9, 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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