Book jacket
Holes

Book

2001
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.

Item Details

Series: Sachar, Louis, 1954- Holes

Subjects:

ISBN:

  • 9780440414803
  • 9780440228592
  • 9780439244190
  • 9780374332662
  • 0440414806
  • 044022859X

Publisher, Date: New York : Dell Laurel-Leaf, [2001], c1998.

Description: 231, 8 p. ; 18 cm.

Target Audience Note: "RL: 4.5"--T.p. verso.

Notes:

  • Publisher, pagination and printing dates may vary.
  • Originally published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.
  • Includes a reading group questions for discussion.
  • Includes Internet addresses.
  • LSC 8.99
  • Newbery Medal Award Winner

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Reader Reviews

Approval Rating: 92.81% (155/167)
Average Rating: 4.49

★★★★★ Holes

By Laura Renee Maxwell on Fri, 24 Nov 2017 20:01:10

I love this book so much, it is full of wonder, suspicion adn a roller coasater of emotions. I love the story line and hope Louis Sachar writes many more amazing books for the years to come.

★★★☆☆

By FindingJane on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 13:29:56

This book is about bad boys. Or maybe kid who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s not entirely a happy story but it easily sets the mood of this supposed camp that’s little better than a plein air jail. Boys are set to dig holes repeatedly because it builds character. But it doesn’t take a genius to realize that something else is afoot… The prose style is dry (pun intended) and straightforward. The story is not. Past and present alternate as we learn about the history of Green Lake, a dust bowl of arid temperatures where it hasn’t rained in over 100 years. Curses, spoken and unspoken, give this book an almost magical realistic feel. A doomed couple, a broken-hearted woman turned bandit, a gypsy woman whose last request went foolishly unfulfilled and a smelly-footed bandit provide the colorful backdrops for this story of buried treasure and beleaguered youth. Stanley, who’s overweight, loses pounds and gains toughness. Zero learns to read and the other boys learn to stick together. All of this is implied; the author is too canny to make his morals heavyweight or unsubtle. There are moments of humor, brutality, unfairness and cold dread—not exactly what you’d expect to find in a kid’s book. “Holes” is a short book but thoughtful literature for all that.

★★★☆☆

By FindingJane on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 13:31:16

This book is about bad boys. Or maybe kid who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s not entirely a happy story but it easily sets the mood of this supposed camp that’s little better than a plein air jail. Boys are set to dig holes repeatedly because it builds character. But it doesn’t take a genius to realize that something else is afoot… The prose style is dry (pun intended) and straightforward. The story is not. Past and present alternate as we learn about the history of Green Lake, a dust bowl of arid temperatures where it hasn’t rained in over 100 years. Curses, spoken and unspoken, give this book an almost magical realistic feel. A doomed couple, a broken-hearted woman turned bandit, a gypsy woman whose last request went foolishly unfulfilled and a smelly-footed bandit provide the colorful backdrops for this story of buried treasure and beleaguered youth. Stanley, who’s overweight, loses pounds and gains toughness. Zero learns to read and the other boys learn to stick together. All of this is implied; the author is too canny to make his morals heavyweight or unsubtle. There are moments of humor, brutality, unfairness and cold dread—not exactly what you’d expect to find in a kid’s book. “Holes” is a short book but thoughtful literature for all that.

★★★★☆

By Mark_Daly on Fri, 16 Aug 2013 22:45:16

A perfect book.

★★★★★ Thriller!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Cracracarson on Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:20:15

This book needs a second. It was so thrilling and exiting.While the boy has a curse on him he takes a huge decision that changes his life.I recommend this book for ages 11+. my whole family watched the movie with me and we all loved it! I don't know what person would return this book with out recommending it to a friend before. I guarantee you will love it!

★★★★★ Amazing Book

By MollyB7-3 on Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:43:50

This is Holes by Louis Sachar. I think this book is an adventures book so you should read it. Stanley is a nice kid but because of Zero he had to go to Camp Green Lake. I could imagine what every character looked like because of how the details were so explicit. I liked the characters they made me want to go to where the story was taking place. Zero had hit Mr. Pendanski in the head with a shovel. Then, he headed out toward the desert. Stanley stole the water truck. He also headed for the desert. This should tell you how these characters act in the story. You should read this book, Holes, if you haven’t already.

★★★★★ Holes

By The_reader_legend on Mon, 18 Jan 2016 03:53:55

I enjoyed this book thoroughly, and recommend it to people in year seven, as it is easy to read. It also has good vocabulary and the plot is thrilling and adventurous.

★★★★☆ Holes

By bossrhino on Tue, 12 Jan 2016 18:19:55

Holes is about kid who is named Stanley and he was framed for stealing a pair of shoes. So he was sent to summer camp but it wasn't the summer camp you would think of……..I think this book was kinda boring. I think this because the book had the same setting and ever new day in the book the members and Stanley would do the same thing. I liked the ending of the book though because it was strange.

★★★★★ holes

By tarheel81 on Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:52:19

this is a gripping story to the end. I would recommend it to all my friends because of the contrast between evil wardens and escaping kids who survive on onions for days on end.

★★★★★ Amazing Book

By rad guy777 on Mon, 11 Jan 2016 16:19:06

Stanley Yelnats (main character) is framed for stealing a famous baseball player’s shoes and is sent to Camp Green Lake where he has to dig a big hole every day. He runs away from camp after his friend, Zero. Will he survive on low liquids and food? I think the book is very well written and didn’t have any unnecessary problems. I luckily didn’t find any bad writing technique in Holes. I honestly think that Holes is the best book I’ve ever read because the plot about Stanley and Zero trying to survive is very exciting, Stanley is a great main character, and I don’t think the book gets boring at any parts. Over all I think this is a fantastic book.

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