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Holes (1998)

by Louis Sachar

Series: Holes (1)

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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.
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I just finished reading this with my sixth graders and they really got into it. Even though it's the end of the year, they were engaged. I was pleasantly surprised to see some of my tougher students really connect with the book. Some of the themes were provocative for them including the idea of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, taking responsibility for something you didn't do, being underestimated, and not being able to count on the adults in your life. Zero was by far the most popular character. It started some great discussions about dealing with difficult adults and managing negative expectations. ( )
  inkstained | Apr 6, 2021 |
I like stories like these, where the pieces are all there to be slowly joined together, to form the whole tale. The character Stanley Yelnats undergoes personal growth while righting centuries worth of wrongs. Very sweet. ( )
  Vividrogers | Dec 20, 2020 |
Fun kids book. ( )
  micahammon | Dec 19, 2020 |
Cute Story ( )
  aldimartino | Nov 24, 2020 |
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  Andy_DiMartino | Nov 24, 2020 |
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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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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.

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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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