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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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Holes is a suspense-filled book that talks about two boys (Stanley Yelnats and Zero) sent to Camp Green Lake. There, they dig holes 5 feet by 5 feet all day long. One day, Zero runs away, and Stanley tries to find him. Together they find what the Warden has actually been searching for, and manage to get rich.

I like this book and also the fact that it talks about the past while the book is going on. However, this might make it hard to understand unless you've already understood the plot. I suggest this book to people who liked: The One and Only Ivan, Amulet, and The Westing Game. ( )
  CalvinG12 | Apr 29, 2016 |
In my option this is a great chapter book for a few reasons. Frist, the plot is suspenseful and engaging. The plot is about a boy breaking his families curse. This passage defines the plot: “Stanley was not a bad kid. He was innocent of the crime for which he was convicted He'd just been in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was all because of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather! He smiled. It was a family joke. Whenever anything went wrong, they always blamed Stanley's no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather. Supposedly, he had a great-great-grandfather who had stolen a pig from a one-legged Gypsy, and she put a curse on him and all his descendants. Stanley and his parents didn't believe in curses, of course, but whenever anything went wrong, it felt good to be able to blame someone Things went wrong a lot. They always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.” The next reason that I liked the book was because of the well-developed characters. The author develops the main character’s humble and observant personality through descriptions like “Stanley thought about the long, miserable bus ride and felt a little sorry for the guard and the bus driver.” The big message is that you shape your own fate. ( )
  Rvealey | Apr 27, 2016 |
Holes is about a boy named Stanley that gets into trouble after being in the wrong place at the wrong time because of a family curse. As punishment, he is sent to Camp Green Lake, where he and the other residents have to dig holes in the desert. It is revealed that this is because the warden wants to find the hidden treasure. In the end, the curse is broken, the warden gets arrested, and all of the residents of the camp get set free.

Personal Reaction:
This book was quite engaging! It teaches the reader to always be honest and that overcoming obstacles is certainly possible. My favorite parts of this book are the jumps in time periods. These jumps keep the reader intrigued with short side stories that tie in to the main story.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1. Have a treasure hunt! Hide some things around the playground and have the students find them with the help of treasure maps.
2. Have the students talk about what has been passed down to them or what they would pass down to their future children.
  JennyDodson | Apr 21, 2016 |
A book that shows that it is a Newberry winner. I love the story of Holes. It tells about history and how it connects with the story and the young boy Stanley Yelnats. The way the story blends the story together with the present day and the past makes hole a book that readers love.
  Katie-Langston | Apr 18, 2016 |
I liked this book because of the point of view and the descriptive language. The story was told through two different points of views, Stanley and an unknown third person. This could make it somewhat confusing at points because they switch back and forth but I believe the book did a good job detailing when who was speaking. It was had very detailed settings and if I closed my eyes I could in vision the settings and the emotions of the characters especially towards the end of the book when the characters we're dehydrated and the yellow spotted lizards we're crawling all of them. The message in Holes is how friendship is important and making friends will help support you and get through difficult situations. ( )
  amyadams19 | Apr 17, 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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