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Holes (original 1998; edition 2000)

by LOUIS SACHAR

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Title:Holes
Authors:LOUIS SACHAR
Info:BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING PLC (2000), Paperback
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Holes by Louis Sachar (1998)

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Holes is a book about a boy who comes from a rather unlucky family. the plot of the story is the boy is sent to a juvenile detention facility in the middle of the Texas desert. he is sent there because he was accused of stealing some shoes which he hadn't but since his family was so poor the only choice he had was to go to a juvenile detention facility. the facility he was going to made the kids there do extremely hard work it was that they had to dig holes in a dried up lake looking for some thing that the book doesn't state. when the boy arrives he carbine has 4 other kids in it 3 of them are talkative while one named zero never talks later on in the book while the boy is out digging they the workers bring a truck full of water so they can refill there bottles so what the boy and his new found friends do is the knock out the driver and steal the truck they drove in circles and all over the digging field until they drove into a hole and then the guard woke up and punished them to extended digging hours with less water so in turn that provoked one of the boys to decide to flee from the facility and try his luck out in the desert and the boy was zero so this made the main character get sad because him and the boy were good friends and he feared that zero would die in the desert so the boy went out ran away to and began his search for his friend after hours of walking in the desert he found a wooden thing in the sad so he went up to it and found an entrance he entered and to his surprise he found zero who was seeping with a bunch of jars around him he woke his friend and asked him if he was ok and zero said he was fine because he found the thing they were in and it had jars of an unknown substance which they both liked so they stayed there until the ran out of the jars of stuff and the main character told zero about a oasis legend and they began a journey for it they found it and stayed there for a while until they decided to go back to the juvenile detention facility. when they arrived the main character found his parents there and the had a lawyer and a few cops with them and zero and his friend found out that they are now free to go.

I gave this book the rating it has because it is a very good book. I think its a good book because it has a very good plot line to it. I also enjoyed the vivid details it gave because they weren't to much but not to little also they were just the right amount. I hope to read this book again sometime soon and understand it more. I hope you find this book as enjoyable as I did. ( )
  nicholasvb1 | May 11, 2015 |
This book would be good to use when talking about how to deal with unfair situations. I think students will like this book because of the main character and the other characters in the camp. ( )
  Kate_Schulte078 | May 5, 2015 |
This book is about a young man named Stanley who goes to a correctional camp called camp Green Lake. He has had bad luck since he was young. His whole family is cursed due to his great grandfather who got cursed. Due to this he is stuck at a camp were there is an evil warden. He learns a lot about himself and he learns to stand up for himself. He then realizes that he is more important than ever and he also fixes the curse in his family and he is finally free from his bad luck.
  margaritamunoz14 | May 4, 2015 |
Holes is one of my favorite books of all time. I remember reading the book in the third grade and now thirteen years later I still love the book just as much. Sachar did an amazing job with the entire thing. I believe the part that I liked most about the book was that everything in the end was tied together. It takes a very talented author to keep the readers attention through the entire book with so many twists and turns and still make the ending make sense. For example in the end the reader finds out that Zero is related to Madam Zeroni who is the woman that put the curse on the Yelnats family. This revelation gave so much more meaning to the friendship that Zero and Stanley had while they we at the camp together.
Another aspect of the story that I really enjoyed were the flashbacks. It is often confusing sometimes for the reader to have flashbacks in the story. Sachar made the transition from the present at the camp to the past with Madam Zeroni. A smooth transition between the two really helps to keep the reader engaged in the story. It also helps them to get the main idea of the story because they don’t constantly have to be thinking about where in the story that they are.
While the story telling in the novel really adds to it, the best part of the novel is by far the main theme of friendship. The boys at the camp all form a tight knit family like group. They help each other through very difficult times in their lives. One of the most important friendships in the book is between Stanley and Zero. This friendship actually ends up saving both of their lives. This story teaches the reader that friendships are important and they can have a great impact on your life. ( )
  Khammersla | May 3, 2015 |
I really liked this book because the themes within. The main idea was everything happens for a reason. Every child needs to understand that everything in life happens for a reason, and will work itself out. Stanley always believes that he is unlucky and in the wrong place at the wrong time, but at the end it fulfilled the prophecy between the Yelnats and Zeroni families. Also, this book had a lot to do with friendships, which is something that is very important to me. Stanley and Zero's friendship lead to their mutual survival and wealth. ( )
  sceres1 | May 3, 2015 |
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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.
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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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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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