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Holes (original 1998; edition 2000)


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Holes by Louis Sachar (1998)

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This Newbery Medal award winner definitely earned the kudos that have been bestowed upon it by a variety of critics. I've been an avid reader for well over sixty years and Holes held my interest from start to finish - not an easy task! Filled with action, excitement and even a dollop of heroism, Louis Sachar's novel (in audiobook format) is a keeper! Solid 4.5 stars . . rounded up to 5. Highly recommended. ( )
  idajo | May 8, 2016 |
Stanley gets sent to a place where all he and every other boy digs holes day by day. He and the other boys are away from their families, and now lead a different kind of purpose. Although Stanley is far from home, he meets people and begins to make friends throughout this experience. ( )
  mloya | May 3, 2016 |
I liked this chapter book for three reasons. First, I liked the many themes present in the book. Some examples include, friendship and justice. I also enjoyed the plot of the novel. The ending of the book is not what the reader would expect, and therefore it keeps the reader interested. The characters are also well-developed. In the beginning of the novel, the reader feels no remorse for the main character, but then as he develops, readers understand that he as many of the other young characters are not bad people and they are rooting for them by the end. The main message of this book is that justice will always prevail. ( )
  KatherineNelson | May 3, 2016 |
First thing I noticed about this story that really peaked my interest was its social commentary of the story each character as you read the story you can imagine what the characters actually sound like. Second thing I found interesting was the plot sure it was a tall tale, but it had a sort of realism to it as well. Overall the use of social commentary and the interesting plot will have the audience loving this story, and future stories made by this author.
  MrChowder20 | May 3, 2016 |
I liked this book very much, for two main reasons; the author’s writing style and the fascinating plot. This book was very interesting and kept my attention because of how the events in the story took place. I really liked how there were stories within the book that set up background information but also supported the plot. These flashbacks really kept the book going and added another layer to the style of writing. I also thought the plot tied together really well throughout the book but especially at the end when the main character’s curse was lifted and all of the background stories showed to be significant. The big idea from this story is that, even when you find yourself in trouble and don’t know who to turn to, there will always be someone there to help you rediscover yourself. ( )
  gretchencompere | May 1, 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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