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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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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 |
The book Holes is about a kid named Stanley who has a cursed great grandpa.His grandpa Stanley was messing a around with a some sort of witch lady and then the witch cursed him.Stanley was walking on a sidewalk then a pair of famous baseball cleats hit him.
  BrysonG.BG3 | Sep 23, 2016 |
Holes is a book that would be great for reluctant readers. It has suspense, humor, friendship, and much more. The fact that you have suspense in the book and having the ending not be expected allows for the reluctant readers to stay hooked and interested in what could happen. Since this is a chapter book I would say it is more suitable for the fluent reader. ( )
  kaitlyn_king | Sep 18, 2016 |
Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention facility in Texas. Its a place where kids go who have committed crimes go. Stanley Yelnats , whose name is spelled both frontwards and backwards, was sent to the gruesome place for a crime that he didn't do. Overweight, lonely, and poor he spends his summer with other kids who actually committed a crime. Rumor has it, that the Yelnats family were cursed by a one-legged gypsy a few years back. They believe that the curse has something to do with young Stanley's arrest, but the truth is unknown. Over the course of the story, we get sneak peaks at the "stories" of Stanley's life and everything that lead up to his time at the camp. Open the book and go on an adventure with Stanley and his new friend Zero! Teachers can use this book to help students understand reading comprehension and how to identify the plot, theme,setting and more. Its a great book and will keeps students wanting to read on to find out the true story behind Stanley's arrest. ( )
  mkb027 | Sep 9, 2016 |
Summary: Stanley Yelnats is under a curse which was caused by his great-great grandfather. Stanley was accused of a crime and was sent to Camp Green Lake. Camp Green Lake is a detention center for boys. At the detention center they spend all day digging holes. Stanley soon realizes that there is something going on at Camp Green Lake. What is the warden up to? Stanley works hard to solve the mysterious truth to why they are digging holes everyday.
Critique: I like how the author uses multiple stories and puts them together like a puzzle. It keeps you guessing as you read. The story leaves the reader with questions to fill in themselves.
Craft Elements: One theme is that knowing your family history is important in discovering who you are. Also knowing history in general is important. Another theme is that true friendship is important. For a mini lesson you could have a book discussion. Prepare the questions in advance for the students to discuss and answer.
  Summer18 | Sep 3, 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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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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