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Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes (original 1998; edition 2008)

by Louis Sachar

Series: Holes (1)

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Authors:Louis Sachar
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2008), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 272 pages
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Tags:read in 2012, middle reader, texas

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Holes by Louis Sachar (1998)

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An incredibly enjoyable book with a great reader of the audiobook. ( )
  dougcornelius | Sep 12, 2014 |
Holes is a book about a boy who had run into a terrible bad luck streak, it became so bad that he ended up getting sent a camp that was pretty much like jail and he runs into a great cast of people, except the people who ran the camp who treated everyone like trash. He thinks of plans to escape but what ended up happening is that he found why he was cursed and he fixed it. And they finally realized it was a mistake that he was their

A little more difficult book for kids to read but i find that kids would love to read the book and watch the movie to talk about the differences.

Have the kids write all the differences between the movie and the book talk about some times they had bad luck streaks
  RaymondGraham | Jul 22, 2014 |
This is a amazing book. I originally watched the movie before the book but, the book is so much better. The story keeps the reader on the edge of their seat the whole time and it gives the reader a good mental picture of the events that are taking place in the book. This book would be great for the classroom because it can teach them valuable life lessons as well as making for a great story. This is one of my favorite books because of how good the story flows and that the movie is really great in that it makes the story even more powerful. ( )
  loganbuttram330 | Jul 22, 2014 |
This book is about a boy named Stanley Yelnats. He was always at the wrong place at the wrong time because of a curse that has been upon his family for years. Stanley was accused of something he didn't do and was sent to camp green lake where he would did holes to build character. Although, the real reason for digging the holes was to find treasure that the warden wanted. Stanley met his best friend zero at this camp and eventually the book tells how Stanley, the curse, zero, the warden, and treasure are all tired together. In the end, the curse is broken, the warden is taken to jail, and the boys are set free.
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Love this book! It is one of my favorites! My grandmother read this book to me and I was so excited when they came out with the movie for it. I watched it over and over!
Idea extensions
This book can really gets children's minds working trying to put all the pieces together.
Together or separately a short story could written to show how one thing can effect another and then try to tie it all together in the end.
As you read the book you could make stopping points and ask the class to tell what they think will happen next.
  christa15 | Jul 16, 2014 |
"Holes" is a book about a young boy, Stanley Yelnats, who gets sent to Camp Green Lake after being accused of stealing a famous baseball players pair of shoes. When Stanley arrives at the camp he realizes it's not how he pictured and is forced to dig holes everyday. He meets a friend there named Zero. They soon realize that the warden is making them dig holes because she is looking for something. One day Stanley and Zero attempt to run away from the camp and survive only by eating onions for a week, then then return to the camp and find the treasure. The treasure has Stanley's name on it and in the end him and Zero were released with the treasure and sent home.

This was my favorite book for a while. This was one of the first books we were assigned to read when I was in middle school and re-read it numerous times since then, along with watching the movie. The main character is Stanley Yelnats and the setting is at Camp Green Lake. This book had the conflict person against society, person against nature and possibly person against person. He was accused by society of something he didn't do which led him to be sent to Camp Green Lake, Stanley also faced person against nature when him and Zero tried escaping and were in the dessert for about a week. Lastly, person against person for when he first arrived at the camp with boys like X-Ray etc. Stanley was a dynamic character as he changed somewhat throughout the story.

Two classroom extension ideas: Have the children draw what kind of food they would want to eat for a whole week if they had the choice. After reading the story, we could go over why it was a bad thing that Zero took the shoes when he shouldn't have.
  bm091113 | Jul 13, 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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