Junior Booklovers Contest Winner Riley, age 13, Calgary,
Stanley didn't steal the shoes.
No, really. He didn't. He was walking home after an abysmal day
at school, minding his own business, and the shoes fell from the
But those same shoes were taken from a homeless shelter just
And they just happened to belong to a baseball great who was
auctioning them off for charity.
And poor Stanley was seen running in the opposite direction of
the shelter in question.
Two choices: Prison, or Camp Green Lake.
Stanley chose the latter.
Stanley Yelnats is more or less your average, junior-high school
kid, who gets picked on by the popular kids and is just overweight
enough to become the butt of endless taunts. After he finds himself
in an incredibly sticky situation that he cannot explain, he is
sent to Camp Green Lake, a reform camp for children with crimes
under their belt. The Warden at Camp Green Lake believes that bad
boys can become good boys by digging holes in the barren wasteland
that is the Texas desert. Stanley soon befriends Zero, a mysterious
boy who has, until then, kept to himself. Further mystery unfolds
as Stanley and Zero tie villains from the past into their present
Holes is easily one of the most engrossing books I have ever
read. Three stories are told in Holes, three stories that tie
together in the final chapters amazingly well. Readers will not
only connect with Stanley, but also with outlaw Kissin' Kate
Barlow, Sam the Onion man, and Madame Zeroni, the ancient psychic
who curses the Yelnats family name. The author is a genius, not
only for the brilliant tale, but for flawlessly linking up events
that have occurred a hundred years apart, such as the boat in the
desert and God's Thumb.
I was read this work of art in grade 3; it has been a favourite
of mine since. Holes is a vital part of any library.
A darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment,
Holes follows the story of Stanley
Yelnats who is serving time for a crime he didn't commit. At Camp
Green Lake, Stanley has to dig a hole each day - holes that will
lead to his destiny. Louis Sachar is also the
author of There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom.
Holes is the 1999 recipient of the
prestigious Newbery Medal, awarded to the author of the most
distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
This winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award
features Stanley Yelnats, a kid who 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 five feet wide and five feet deep. It
doesn''t take long for Stanley to realize there''s more than
character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake: 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
Stanley Yelnats tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment-and redemption.