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Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes (original 1998; edition 2000)

by Louis Sachar (Author), Vladimir Radunsky (Illustrator), Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)

Series: Holes (1)

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Authors:Louis Sachar (Author)
Other authors:Vladimir Radunsky (Illustrator), Bagram Ibatoulline (Illustrator)
Info:Yearling (2000), 233 pages
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Holes by Louis Sachar (1998)

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Stanley found himself being accused of stealing famous sneakers and was proposed with the choice of jail or summer camp. Stanley was rudely awakened to find out that all he would be doing is digging holes to build character and learn his lesson. Throughout the book there were scenes from the past to build background of a family curse that Stanley has to break. This book would be great to teach students about how to build a reader's background of the story and different techniques to do so as well as teaching what past tense is and how it can be used. ( )
  marissathrower | Apr 24, 2018 |
Holes was probably one of my favorite books when I was in middle school. It is about Stanley Yelnets, who is a boy that was in the wrong place at the wrong time and accused of stealing a pair of shoes in which he did not steal they just happened to fall on his head/shoulders. He is then sent away to camp to reflect on his bad doings and learn from his "mistakes." The camp has holes that are dug six foot wide and six foot and six feet deep to find the treasure. The treasure ends up being Stanley's heirloom and the guards are taken away. This book would be great for students in the upper grade level such as 5th grade. ( )
  jessrobinson19 | Apr 23, 2018 |
Stanley Yelnats found himself headed to Camp Green Lake after he was falsely accused of stealing a pair of famous sneakers. Thinking this camp was going to be enjoyable, Stanley found the reality when he showed up in a desert with one task; to dig holes. The camp leader said that digging holes builds character, but the members thought it was a waste of time. Throughout this book, there were many flashbacks to a time with Stanley’s grandfather where he was cursed by Madame Zeroni. This curse followed the Yelnats family all the way to present day. In the end, Stanley breaks the family curse. This book can be used to teach students cause and effect, as well as, character development. Many characters in this book change throughout. A typical audience for this book could be third through fifth grade. ( )
  LyndsayGagner | Apr 23, 2018 |
The story is about a two boys Stanley Yelnats and Zero. Stanley has always had bad luck thanks to his great, great, grandfather and sent to Camp Green Lake a juvenile detention camp where there he is forced to dig holes with other boys at the camp (Warden looking for lost treasure). There he meets Zero Madam Zeroni great, great grandson. They both run away from the camp, finds Sams boat, then Climbs the mountain carrying zero up the mountain that his great, great grandfather was suppose to take Madam zeroni. Finally lifting the curse. In the end Zero finds his mom with Stanley's help and both ended up reach and being neighbors. I loved reading the book, its very fascinating and it never gets old. A good book for higher grades and not that long either so the students can show interest in reading chapter books that have no pictures. ( )
  zmercado | Apr 22, 2018 |
Stanley Yelnats and his family are cursed, all thanks to his "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather." When Stanley is suspected of stealing a pair of shoes, he is sent to Camp Green Lake, where the kids are forced to dig holes. Later, Stanley breaks the family curse. This book is great for teaching cause and effect and character development. Students can discuss what they would do if they were in Stanley's position. They could also write letters home as if they were at Camp Green Lake. Teachers could also have students compare the book to the movie. ( )
  Katherine.Boykins | Apr 21, 2018 |
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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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