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Holes

by Louis Sachar

Random House Children's Books | August 14, 2001 | Mass Market Paperbound

Holes is rated 4.7723 out of 5 by 101.

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 redemption.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 272 pages, 6.85 × 4.15 × 0.78 in

Published: August 14, 2001

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 044022859X

ISBN - 13: 9780440228592

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was forced to read this book. i read this book in grade 4 and i still remember reading 4 years later. #MrGoos
Date published: 2014-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Depth I remember having to read this book in school but not appreciating it as much as I do now. The summary on the back cover doesn't do the book justice; I feel as if there was so much more to it. It's a good story about friendship, family history, determination and justice.
Date published: 2013-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book, but.. A great story that engages boys and girls alike! However, I believe this book is more appropriate for grades 5-6 and not grades 7-8.
Date published: 2012-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Humorous! Story Description: Random House Children's Books | May 9, 2000 | Trade Paperback 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: 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 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. My Review: This was a cute story for kids. Stanley Yelnats is accused of stealing a pair of running shoes donated to a homeless shelter to raise money to fund the program, however, Stanley is truly innocent but the judge doesn’t believe him. He is sentenced to 18 months at Camp Green Lake where he is forced to dig holes under the blazing hot sun every single day including Saturday and Sunday. The holes must be exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. Each kid at Camp Green Lake is given a camp name and Stanley’s is ‘Caveman’. He hates digging holes and soon winds up looking for his friend ‘Zero’ after he storms out of camp into the barren lands. What they find might surprise you. All round cute story that was darkly humorous.
Date published: 2012-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! My brother isn’t a reader. He’s older than I am and just hasn’t been taken by the loveliness of books. That’s not to say he hasn’t read anything. There are a few books that he’s read and just loved and Holes, by Louis Sachar, was one of them. It’s been a while since he read it, but the comment that he loved it stuck in my brain. When I was at a friend’s house and saw it on her shelf, I borrowed it promptly. And let it sit on my shelf for months. (I never said I was the quickest reader–my TBR pile is taller than mountains) Finally, for the Dewey 24-Hour Read-A-Thon, I decided to pick up Holes and add it to my reading list. I was not disappointed! This was my first read of the day, started at 3am, and it held my interest for the 2 hours it took to read it. It’s the story of Stanley, who is sent to an all-boys detention centre. The boys are made to dig holes all day long, 5 feet across, and five feet deep. Throughout the story it’s hard not to love Stanley. He grows so much as a character, making friends and conquering his fears. It’s a story about camaraderie and not judging people by the colour of their skin. The characters have great development and it’s hard not to cheer for Stanley and his pals in the end. Holes is a great read for children and adults alike. I also hear there’s a movie about the book–if it’s anything like the book, I’m sure it’s fantastic!
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A BOOK YOU DO NOT WANNA MISS!!! what a fantastic story. such a rich vocabulary and i had reading it. after every page i was just speechless. it was just- i don't even have words to describe how good it was. you do not want to miss such a thrilling adventure.
Date published: 2011-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great This book is a really good book,because I never stopped reading it.This book is mostly for people who get bored at home.This book will keep you on track,and focused that you won't stop reading it.This book is about this guy names Stanley yenalts.He stole shoes from a store and went to a summer camp to dig holes.
Date published: 2010-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is a sad book there is a boy named Stanley, he was stealing a shoe from the charity, and got caugtht form the police, so Stanley ended up in a detention camp . he spent almost the rest of his days in the detention camp. it was torchure for him. eventually he gets out.
Date published: 2010-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ever holes is very interisting book about a poor by thats goes to jail then finds out about a hinden terause that he must find
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This Book is about adventure When I read this book I was blown away from all th adventure Stanley Yelnats has taken with his friend Zero. This book leads to alot of questions from the story line. Holes made me laugh at some of the chapters. This book was also about friendship because Stanley helped Zero do alot of things while they were at camp green lake. They looked after each others back through out the hole book.
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book This is a great book because I love to read th book I read this book two times one in gr 6 and the other one was in gr 7 this is the best book I read
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book Holes is a amazing book. It is a story that keeps yyou wondering all the time. It is a very fancinating book about a boy Named Stanley Yelnats. There are great surprices and amazing adventures. I recomend this book or any type of reader.
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sandy Hutchens-Smith Holes Review I just finished reading this book to my 5 and 9 year old children and they both loved it. The book is extremely entertaining for a child and even I found it a fun adventure at time. I am hoping to watch the movie with them in the near future to help my little one understand. Regards, Sandy.
Date published: 2009-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from These holes are filled up with fun! I read this book when I was a kid and there's also a movie. I see the movie on the disney/family channel all the time and I still love to watch it :) funny story! The book is about a boy named Stanley who is convicted of stealing (even though he is innocent), so instead of going to juvi, he chooses to attend a "camp". However, when he arrives, the camp is nothing like what he imagined. Filled with troubled boys, their activities consist of digging a hole 5 feet by 5 feet everyday to "discipline them" in the desert heat! However, Stanley and his friend Zero find out there is another reason why they are being forced to dig holes... I recommend this book to any child under the age of 14.
Date published: 2009-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful this book is amazing and i love both the movie and the book i strongly recommend this book so get it and read it!
Date published: 2009-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome This is a great book and there is a newberry award to prove it. If you have to read to a point you'll read over it. A great book for everyone to enjoy.
Date published: 2009-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grab a copy and dig in! Calling all reluctant readers, Holes is exactly the type of story that grasps a young reader in its clutches and doesn’t let go. What more would a child ask for than a tall tale passed down through generations, defenceless criminals being held captive by evil and slave-driving authorities, the search for a missing treasure, and the heroic underdogs that save the day? Whilst enjoying the fast pace of this novel they will be taught about finding pride in accomplishment, the importance of being accountable for their actions, and their intrinsic ability to adapt to any situation. Not only an intricately woven tale with sub-plots that lead to a magical end, Holes is heavy in social commentary, as it tackles such issues as racism, poverty and bullying. Based on the exploration of these issues, as well as some violent and even fatal scenes arising from them, it’s now apparent to me why this book has been critically acclaimed. I would recommend that a parent read this story alongside their child so that they can encourage discussion and include an experienced, adult point of view. That being said, the mere broaching of these subjects to a young audience is exactly what it’s going to take to create awareness and better help our youth to conquer these problems in their adult lives. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Perfect Hole I like Holes because it was so exciting that I could not put it down... My favorite character is Stanley Yelnats. Because he finds out he has more money that he thinks he has. He goes from a prisoner to a billionaire . He is adventurous. I would highly recommend the book holes for ages 7 and up.
Date published: 2008-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great kids book. teaches friendship and determination. wonderful.
Date published: 2008-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! This is the story of a teenage boy named Stanley, a victim of bad luck due to a curse from his big-stealing ancestor. When a pair of sneakers fall from the sky, he believes it is destiny, because his father is working on an invention about recycling old shoes. People think he's stolen them and he's given two choices - JAIL or CAMP GREEN LAKE. He's from a poor family and has never been to camp before, so, obviously, he chooses CAMP GREEN LAKE. When arriving, he finds out that there isn't a lake there, and the teenagers sent there have one thing to do - dig holes. As Stanley starts his adventure at camp green lake, he meets the wacky characters - ZigZag, X-Ray, Armpit, and more. He's given a nickname, too - Caveman. Shy and quiet boy Zero - named that because they believe he's too stupid to understand anything - opens up to Stanley. Stanley teaches him to read, and discovers he's not as stupid as people think, but a very good mathematician. But one day, something happens to trigger an adventure - one that will change their lives for the better, and make Stanley realize an important fact- he's not under a curse. He - and anyone else - can be incredible if they believe they can.
Date published: 2008-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This story is about a boy with bad luck, and with a twist of fate he manages to survive and, finally, get lucky. This is an action-packed read!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2008-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Fabulously Entertaining" Was Stanley born with an unlucky destiny from the start, or has his great grandfather been cursed with his generation's unlucky fate? Stanley notices that it is not just the boys' character improvement the Warden is thriving for; instead, there is something important hidden beneath the dry, flat wasteland. Holes, by an incredible author Louis Sachar, teaches the readers that life is not always full of luck. The readers will definitely dig into this hilarious and entertaining story of curse, destiny and crime. Alice
Date published: 2008-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unusual Tale Stanley Yelnats is sent to Camp Green Lake after being convicted of a crime he did not commit. At Green Lake, the inmates must dig a 5ft (in every direction) hole each and every day. It is here at this unlikely place that Stanley meets his destiny. This was such a wonderful story! I can't believe I waited so long to read it. All the characters (especially Stanley and the other boys) were so interesting and I loved the flashbacks that brought Stanley's heritage together with his present and ultimately his destiny. An unusual tale with a heartwarming ending. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2007-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazingly great!!! this book is amazig. It gives so much detail. It shows that even if yuor not the smartest or the strogest you can make a diffrence
Date published: 2007-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever!!! I read this book and I loved it!!! It is very detailed and will keep you wondering what will happen next. I would say that so far this was the best book I've ever read!!! I completely recomend it!!!
Date published: 2007-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book ever! This book is a very good book. I thought that Stanley was very brave. Imagine a piece of land full of holes! The story was adventurous. The best part was when Stanley got released from Camp Green Lake. He didn't do anything wrong. I am looking forward to read its follow up "Small Steps".
Date published: 2007-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book was amazing OMG! I'm going into grade 9 now and I still love this book! I got when I was in grade 7 and I just couln't put it down. This book tell the story of a young boy, Stanley Yelnats who is cursed with bad luck along with the rest of his family. His talent to be in the wrong place at the wrong time is undeniable. After being accidentally framed into looking like he stole a famous pair of shoes he is sent off to a reform camp. Little does he know the time he spends at the camp will change his life forever. This book is a real page turner and I hope you give it a look.
Date published: 2007-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Innocent captivating and smart! Holes is the adventure of a teenage boy, Stanley Yelnats, who is sent to Camp Green Lake, a boys’ detention camp, after being wrongly accused of stealing a pair of shoes. Stanley, along with his relatives, blames his family’s curse for their misfortunes. At this camp, Stanley, along with all the other boys, are ordered to dig holes everyday. The boys are told that digging will help them to build character. However, the truth is that they are digging to find a treasure that the Warden of the camp has dreamt about for decades. Throughout the book Sachar reveals the past of the town of Green Lake and slowly develops the relationship between the logic of the holes and the root of the Yelnats’ family curse. In the end, Stanley and Zero, a friend from camp, both escape and find the treasure. It seems that fate brings them together to find this treasure which reunites them with their families and breaks the Yelnats’ family curse. I enjoyed this novel which proves that it appeals to more than children since it evokes universal themes such as fate, luck and the relationship between the present and the past. The author creates diverse characters whoall have strong and unique personalities. This allows the readers to better identify themselves with one of the characters. However, one downfall of the novel is that Sachar leaves it slightly unrealistic that Camp Green Lake’s activities remain unknown to the outside world. Regardless of this unrealistic quality, overall this novel teaches us about courage and surely entertains! So, at any age, Holes remains a great bedtime story.
Date published: 2007-03-21
Rated out of 5 by from IndigoKids Recommends: Experts' Favourites Stanley is under a curse that has him and all the boys at the boy's detention centre at Camp Green Lake digging holes, five feet wide and five fee deep. I had a hard time putting this book down; I needed to find out what could be hidden under the dried up lake?
Date published: 2006-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Holes is worth reading I really liked this book. My favorite part of the book was when the boys dug holes. They have to dig holes to build "character". They find interesting things in the holes. I also liked the yellow spotted lizards. I read the book and then watched the movie, which was awesome.
Date published: 2006-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Hole Filled with Fun! It's no surprise to me why Holes won a newberry medal. When you combine wit, humour, mystery and adventure all in one novel, and then give it a short five-letter title, you end up with a masterpeice. An interesting aspect of Holes is how many connections are scattered throughout the book. When you begin to peice them together, little by little, the story gets even more enjoyable than it already is. The story has 2 main aspects of the past, which hold these connections and combine into the main story and add more depth to the characters. The main plot of the story is based on a boy named Stanley who is cursed with bad luck. Through an unlucky event, Stanley is sent to a detention center, where the boys dig for hours a day to build character. But the REAL reason why they're digging is a secret held by the past, and as the story progresses, the real reason becomes more and more clear. In short, you don't want to miss out on one of the most original and intriguing books of all time. So put down that shovel and read this book. You won't be sorry.
Date published: 2006-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good children's book This is definitely an interesting book. A very good 'chapters' book for children. I also liked the way everything tied together in the end
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes is my favourite book Holes is a very good book. It has very good characters, lots of suspense, a great mystery, and a lot of humour. I liked how the pieces all came together in such a great way. The ending is unexpected but at the same time sort of obvious. I have read it six times and loved it even more every time. I like how Stanley, the main character, thinks that everything is destiny. I like the way the author named the characters with humour and cleverness, like for instance, Mr Sir and the nicknames of the boys in the story. The location of the story is Camp Green Lake. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. You might be wondering why anyone would go to Camp Green Lake. Well, most boys didn't have a choice. Stanley Yelnats was given a choice. He could either go to jail or Camp Green Lake. The movie is good too. I won't tell you anymore. Read and enjoy.
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Ever This book was soooooooooooooooo good i couldn't put it down. One of Sachar's best books.
Date published: 2006-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wowie, i loved it lots Wow, this book was really great! I started reading it and i couldn't stop.The next thing I know, I'm done the book the 2nd day i recieved it. I don't know how i managed to do that, since I'm usually the type who takes more than a week to finish books.
Date published: 2006-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from kims review I am a grade 7 student going into grade 8 and this was one of the projects we had to do for the end of the year and i choose this book for it because it's the BEST book i read this whole year! I thought this book was really interesting and suspencful at the end of each chapter and i could never put it down. I read this book 12 times and im still not sick of it. I enjoyed the book more then the movie though. I would recommende this book to ages 7-14 because it's an easy read book but it's also long like 250 pages i think. SINCERLY, KIM
Date published: 2005-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome my teacher read this book to us and I love it because it's really deep and has a lot of meaning.
Date published: 2005-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hole is Full I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, even adults. It has the right touch to make everyone smile.
Date published: 2005-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read, coulda been better Holes was awesome, I read it about 3 and a half times and saw the movie in theaters and then later on a few times on the Movie Network. I liked the book better though. The teenage boys were entertaining to read about, but it needed more girls :P haha but seriously, I liked the flashbacks it had all the time. The story goes way back to the 1800s and finally ends with a catharsis (however you spell that word, lol) and they get the gold and money :). Needed some action though, maybe a 1800s gunfight or something.
Date published: 2004-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow this was an extremly amazing book it kept me on the edge of my seat until the last page. i have to give a huge amount of credit to Louis Sachar for making such a wonderful book, i loved it.
Date published: 2004-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool Finally something good to read!! This book was great from beginning to end!
Date published: 2004-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! This is a great book! I am 11 and I had never seen the movie (I watched the movie after I read the book.). I might even pray that you read it because it is so good. I only did not like the few swear words. Please read right now!
Date published: 2003-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicked! Stanley Yelnats is an overweight boy who is sent to a juvenille correctional centre (all because of his dirty rotten no good pig stealing great great grandfather)where he digs holes. 5 feet deep and 5 feet in diameter. There he meets a few other boys with weird but understandable nicknames. (my grade 6 class is reading this book as a novel study so it must be pretty important.) Holes is a book that includes a little bit of every thing.
Date published: 2003-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Our grade six class is reading Holes for a novel study. We haven't even finished it and I already think it's fantastic!
Date published: 2003-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book Through and through an amazing book I've read it four times and every time it just gets better! I would recomed it for anyone it is now my favorite book!!! Louis Sachar has some imagination. I have to say a excellent reader for all ages, newborns to 100!!!
Date published: 2003-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome! i gotta admit, i really didn't have an intrest in the book or movie at all, but i had to read it for a summer school assignment, and once i picked it up i just couldn't put it down!! constantly twisting and turning, absolutly HILARIOUS, and just plain fun to read! totally reccomend it to everyone and anyone!
Date published: 2003-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from *Excellent!!* This was such an excellent book!! I finished it in a day!! It was so funny!! I totally recommend it to everyone!! U'll enjoy it!! I guarentee!!
Date published: 2003-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I recommend it!! :)
Date published: 2003-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Holes Holes is a very good book. I have read it a total of four times! It is funny, creative and interesting.It is also unpredictable. You never know what is going to happen next. Our class studied it in Literature Circle. Everyone loves Holes!! :D
Date published: 2003-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes an Excellent book Holes is an excellent book for all ages. It's a great book for the family too. You can encourage your kids to read the book then take them to the movies afterwards. Holes is an excellent book with lots of exciting adventures. Be sure to get this book as soon as you can!!
Date published: 2003-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An awesome read we are doing a novel study on this and it was so good, i recomend it to everyone looking for a good read!
Date published: 2003-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from **What an excellent book** i just read this book, even though it first seemed a little young for myself, but once i started reading i could not stop. it has become one of my favorite books even though it only took me less than a day to read. i highly recommend this to everyone, of all ages, it's a great read, and i'm about to go read it again for the second time, hope you enjoy it as much as i have! jess...
Date published: 2003-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book for Adventurous kids I really enjoyed the book. It has all enssential nutrients needed for a kids dream. I enjoyed the book so much, I read it 9 times. Believe me!!!!! It's about a teenager mistake and how he fix that mistake while he is in a penitentiery. Alex
Date published: 2003-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes This was one of the MOST memorable books that I have read. I will look forward to seeing the motion picture soo. If you are looking for a good read that will keep you on the couch for a weekend - THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!
Date published: 2003-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from soon to be movie! Holes is an excellent book about friendship and courage. It has a great story and it is a puzzle. Read this book and i'm sure you will love it. By the way, Holes is soon to come on the big screen!
Date published: 2003-03-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Holes by Louise Sacher Holes is an excellent book written by Louis Sacher. It's is very comical. Following the adventures of Stanley Yelnats is great fun for the whole family. For ages 9 - adult.
Date published: 2003-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes, Top 10! Hello. I have read Holes and found it to be an intruiging book. My hat off to the author. Lots of twists and turns. Much suspense. What a facsinating book. Much of the stuff comes together but leaves a little hanging for you. I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ~EVERYONE~ WHO LIKES TO READ!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2002-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes This is a very imaginative book, and it is very creative. This book is well suited for children 10 and up. Their is a lot of description and it is very attention grabbing. The whole story is an engrossing adventure.
Date published: 2002-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes Excellent Book!!!
Date published: 2002-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mysterious This is a great book because of the way it all comes together in the end. Like the pieces of a puzzle. A must read.
Date published: 2001-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes is great! Holes is a great book to get kids hooked on reading. Young children (grades 4-6) can relate to Stanley and reading about his adventures. This is a book you can't put down!
Date published: 2001-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent book This was a book that I could not put down. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. While reading this, I could not do anything else and it got my whole attention. I strongly recommend this book.
Date published: 2001-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Holes A boy named Stanley Yelnats was sent to Camp Green Lake because of an accident. A pair of shoes dropped on his head and was accused of stealing them. It was either jail or Camp Green Lake. It's not one of those fun camps. In Camp Green Lake it's always work and digging holes five feet deep every day.
Date published: 2001-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Holes by louis sachar Holes is a very enticing book this is my little summary about it Stanlay Yelnats's family has a history of bad luck, so he isn't too surprised when a draft of justice sends him to a boys' juvenile detention centre, Camp Green Lake. Everyday he has to dig a five foot wide, five foot deep hole. The Warden claims that it builds character, but that's a lie. Stanley tries to dig up the truth. Camp Green Lake is in the middle of the desert. The Warden says you can try running away any time but you'll end up coming back because you'll need water. Stanlayon the other hand proved her wrong by surviving it out there. This book is both serious and funny. You'll love this novel. I liked the way Louis Sachar lets out the fortune of each character so step by stepof format. You never really know what's going to happen next witch are i think one of the best kind of books out in this world. And he also is very good at bringing his great imagination and his realistic story together.
Date published: 2001-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes Jump into the adventure (not into the hole.) Stanley Yelnats has been locked away at Camp Green Lake for a crime he did'nt commit. Can he prove himself innocent?
Date published: 2001-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AN UNFORGETABLE BOOK! This book is the best for language,good discription of characters, and a suspence adventure story. Zero is the boy that everybody hates and then in the end...I recomend this book to everybody who loves reading and loves adventures,history,suspence and pure action.
Date published: 2001-04-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What's All The Praise About? The characters in Holes are very mild and do not have a lot of depth to them. Instead, Sacher uses the plot to further the story. The plot is unbelievable and silly, but to fully enjoy this book, you must go along with the plot. The author wants you to have heartfelt sorrow for the main character (Stanly), but Sacher does not accomplish that. Instead, Sacher tries to shove Stanley's sorrow down your throat, not to mention the plot.I tried enjoying this tall tale, but Holes just didn't have enough excitement or suspense. Holes isn't that bad of a book, but it doesn't have enough magic for me to recommend it.
Date published: 2001-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME! If you like a book that's an adventure and freaky, this is for you. It was the best book I ever read.
Date published: 2001-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes What a great book! We read it to our children, aged 6, 6, 8, and 11 and there was only one way they would let us stop, when our throats were so dry that we couldn't be heard any more! Then the older two picked it up and re-read it! Don't read more about it, just pick it up and enjoy...
Date published: 2001-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Phenomenon This was an excellent book it containt to me tall tales that went very well together. I couldn't stop reading i had to know what was going to happen. Excellent Book Fantastic. Congradulations to the author and keep writing.
Date published: 2001-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible There were many reasons why I give this book 5 stars. The book contained a lot of details in descriptions. I especially liked how the author included some mystery to the story line.
Date published: 2001-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Big Mistake It all starts when Stanley happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.He blames it all on his rotton pig stealing great-grandfather.He discovers at dention camp that his great-granfather didn't really have anything to do with it. Stanley is caught with a pair of baseball shoes that are worth their weight in gold. He has a choice to go to jail or to dention camp. At camp they have to dig holes everyday for no apparent reason. He befriends Zero and when Zero runs away into the burning desert Stanley must go after him. A very good book but a bit confusing at the end.
Date published: 2001-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Darkly Humourous Tale Holes, by Louis Sachar, is a must read for the adolescent. Stanley Yelnats has been falsely accused of a crime and sent to a detention center, Camp Green Lake, to dig holes day in and day out. There is more to Camp Green Lake than meets the eye and Stanley will discover that he is much more capable than he ever thought possible. With a mixture of suspense, intrigue, and dark humor, Sachar has a way of captivating the reader and baiting them on from start to finish. Holes is a multi-leveled story that carries the ideas of family curses and redemption through a surprising twist of events. It's wonderful to see that someone is writing good books for young people that provide moral lessons in an exciting page turning experience. Sachar has captured the awkwardness of adolescence and allows the reader to experience the right of passage that boys must go through in the effort to become men. It is little wonder Holes is an award winning novel and will, no doubt, continue to find it's way into the hands of curious young minds.
Date published: 2001-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Holes Good book that caught my attention right away. If you like funny books or mysteries, you will like Holes. It rocks.
Date published: 2001-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The hole thing rawks! This is a great book. I loved it!!!!!!!
Date published: 2001-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A puzzle Holes was so fascinating! Stanley is wrongly accused of stealing a pair or shoes worth piles of money. He gets two choices, go to jail or go to camp Green Lake, a boy's detention camp. He chooses to go the detention camp. Theres no lake, it dried up and they are made to dig holes, 5 by 5 inches every day. The thing that is puzzling is why they dig holes. This book is like a puzzle you slowly put together, piece by piece. It is one of the most well written books I have ever read. I felt like I was in the story with Stanley.
Date published: 2000-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real thriller This book is really exciting. It's the only book that got my interest. I payed attention to this book that i know everything about it. I think Stanley is a really cute guy and i wish i could marry him.
Date published: 2000-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes Exciting, mind boggling, adventurous, interesting...all these things describe one thing. Louis Sachar's book Holes. When I had finished reading this book, I was breathless. I have never read anything like it, I couldn't put the book down. I was so absorbed. The book has an amazing plot and the climax is so intense. But my favourite part was the conclusion. It made me smile. It made me so happy that I read it over 5 times. I recommend this book to everyone, because anyone can learn from it...I konw I have.
Date published: 2000-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TWO THUMBS UP MY CLASS DID THIS BOOK AS A BOOK REPORT. I ENJOYED IT FROM THE BEGINING. I ENJOYED IT SO MUCH THAT I ACTUALLY BOUGHT 10 COPIES, FROM CHAPTERS OF COURSE, AND I GAVE IT TO MY RELTIVES IN SINGAPORE.
Date published: 2000-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Book from Louis Stanley Yelnats is forsed to go to jail or go to Camp green Lake a dry desert land where you must dig a hole 5 feet by 5 feet every day for 18 months because he stole an expensive pair of shoes worn by a famous baseball star. Stanley decides to go to Camp Green Lake. While there he meets some unusual people Armpit, X-Ray and Zero. Zero is a kid off the streets who is also at Green Lake who helps Stanley find a suitcase that belongs to his great, great grandfather. The Warden had also wanted this case for millions of dollars were in there. Holes is a winner of a the Newberry and the National book award. This book has wit, a complex story line, is rich and hysterical.
Date published: 2000-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes The Yelnats family had been under a curse for the last hundred years. And everyone has had bad luck, including Stanley, the main character of this book. Stanley was accused of stealing a pair of shoes worth 5 thousand dollars, he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time when they fell from the sky. Stanley had a choice to go to a boy's detention camp, or to jail... Naturally, Stanley chose to go to the camp, wich was called "Camp Green Lake". Camp Green Lake was in the middle of the desert and there was only a dried up lake, and hardly any green at all. On the lake the boys had to dig holes, exactly 5 feet deep and 5 feet wide. After awhile of digging holes, Stanley realized they were looking for something... But What? This was very funny, it had a great plot, and it was sort of like a puzzel. You had to keep on reading to get clues, so you could get find out what the picture was. I give it 5 stars out of 5!
Date published: 2000-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Holes has to be one of the best books I have ever read!! It is witty and suspenseful all at the same time. Luis Sachar makes the characters come alive while the book absores you with it strong plot. you MUST read this wonderful book!!
Date published: 2000-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read Holes !!!1 The book holes by Loius Sachar Is an absolutly WONDERFUL book. It weaves the tale of a boy at a juvanial delincuit type camp with the history of the boys family and the history of the spot onwich the is set. I Love this book and have recommened it to pretty much everyone I know and they all loved it as well This book is defintily a classic for all ages. I recommend that you read it as soon as possible!!!!
Date published: 2000-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes Holes was an excellent book. I could not put it down. If you decide to read it i will give you one suggestion. I suggest that you read it carefullly. When i read it i totally missed something. then when i finished it i did not get a thing and ended up having to ask my friend what happened! None the less when i found out what happened i read it again and everything intertwined perfectly. I would recomend this book to anyone of any age or gender.This is an awsome book!!!
Date published: 2000-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book Lots of people would like this book. It's funny and easy to read because keeps your interest. I went to read without being told to because I liked it so much. The ending was very good and a surprise.
Date published: 2000-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent It was a really good book and it is by Louis Sachar (author of the Wayside school books). It may not be as funny as those books but it is, in my opinion, 1000 times better.
Date published: 2000-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes and other blanks. This book has so many layers that you can read it several times without boredom. The characters are quirky and very believable, the situation and the historical connections are also quirky and they don't have to be believable. Friends, courage and individuality are central to the theme of coming opf age and acepting resposibility. Teachers would find their students totally involved with this book.
Date published: 2000-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Very Good Book I liked the book Holes because it is exciting and adventurous. It is about a boy named Stanley Yelnats who is sent to a camp for boys who have been convicted of crimes. There he meets a boy named Zero and together they go on the adventure of their lifetimes.
Date published: 2000-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes This is a great book! I was at the bookstore looking for a book to read because I was waiting for Harry Potter #4. (I love reading,I can't go long without)Anyhow, I pulled it off the shelf, read the back and thought, this sounds good. So I got it, and I started reading it.It was so funny I laughed as soon as I started reading it. As I read it, I told the story to my family. It has everything in it. Humor, grief, happiness, suspence.The best part is when Stanley finds Zero under the boat. Even though I told my family the story, they're still going to read it. I think everyone should read the book "Holes". Yours truly, Alison
Date published: 2000-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kathy For all those who are tired of Harry Potter, this is the one for you. This book has it all, mystery, family secrets, friendship the works. Although the story maybe a bit dark for some children it is a story of inner strength and character not to mention funny. I enjoyed this book so much I passed it on to some friends and the survey says, Terrific.
Date published: 2000-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from holes my 8th grade teacher read this book to the class and I enjoyed it very much! you may think that 13 is too old to be read to but our "hole" class enjoyed this book. the way the author(s) described the characters I felt as if I knew them. I would recommend this book to people of all ages!
Date published: 2000-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Caught in the Hole I read this book because I saw other good reviews. I was not prepared for any aspect of this story and at first I thought "What is this about digging holes everyday?" I didn't think it could be interesting. Little did I know that I was buried in this hole. I read most of the night to get to the end, but left the last chapter so it wouldn't end. I got my wish because the story didn't end. Days after reading this story I found myself digging into my imagination to figure out more scenarios of who the onion man really was and who the school teacher was. I imagined what Stanley and Zero grew up to be. This is a well imagined book that leaves lots to the imagination. My favorite book.
Date published: 2000-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic for all ages This is an excellent story with a great plot. Even better than Harry Potter. You will laugh and you will be touched by Stanley Yelnats and his friend Zero. You will want to keep reading it to the end. All the loose strings come together in this neatly woven tall-tale and this story definitely will become a children's classic. However, adults will also enjoy this book thoroughly. Highly recommended for all ages to enjoy.
Date published: 2000-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow ! Before I read this book, I didn't think it would be good. The topic didn't interest me. After starting it, I began to like it more and more and now it is my favourite book. Yes, even better than Harry Potter ! I would recommend it to ages 12 - 14, and I think everyone would really enjoy it.
Date published: 2000-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes I picked up this book with a lot of skepticism... and put it down with a big smile on my face. "Holes" is a story about destiny and freindship, with a dash of mystery. Louis Sachar has writen a great book worthy of the Newbery Medal it won. It makes great summer reading for kids (and their parents too), but don't be surprised if they avoid playing in the sandbox for a while.
Date published: 2000-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderfull story This book is excellent, our class read it and only one out of the 32 students thought it was less than amazing. I highly reccomend it. Louis Sachar is a wonderfull and highly creative author.
Date published: 2000-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Holes review I am a boy in grade eight who has just recently finished "HOLES" I loved it. What I liked is how the author changed stanley from before, a fat, undependent boy to a strong, independent boy with a lot more self esteem. I couldn't put this book down, I finished it in one night. All I wish is that some sort of sequel will come out. What would have been nice was if the book was a lot longer than just 220 pages... Great book, keep up the good work.
Date published: 2000-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book Holes is an excellent book.
Date published: 2000-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes My mom had read a review on a book called "Holes" in the news paper. She decided to just give it to me said "read it." So I gave it a try and I slowly started flipping through the pages, later finding out that I was starting to love the book. It's an amazing, fantastically written story that uses great creativity and it has a plot like no other book I've read before. I doubted the book and thought it wouldn't be that great, I mean, a boy goes to dig some holes? Yeah, but his environment is a lot different. So if you want to read an extremely amazing book, read "Holes", by Louis Sachar.
Date published: 2000-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I finished this book in the middle of the night and felt like calling someone to tell them to read it so we could talk about it. This is an enjoyable book at any age.
Date published: 2000-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes What do you do on a Friday night after a week of teaching elementary school? You want to relax with a great book, right? Well, I found one! Holes is one of the three best children's literature books I've read this year. The author has woven several entertaining sub-plots into the main plot about Stanley Yelnats. (Isn't that a great name?) The plots all mesh at the end of the story. I loved the characters, the setting and the plots. I can hardly wait to read this book to my class.
Date published: 1999-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes, a real page turner I'd have to say out of the many books i've read this is one of my absoultue favorites. This story is a real page turner, whether you like reading or not. One of the neat things about this book is that the author is skipping back and forth, telling you about two different 'miny stories', and slowly, as the story goes on the two different parts of the story start fitting together. It's not like your clueless to what happening, but its not like you know exactly whats about to happen. The plot of the story is one I've never come across before, making it a uniquee but interesting and very exciting book.
Date published: 1999-09-24

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Holes

by Louis Sachar

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 272 pages, 6.85 × 4.15 × 0.78 in

Published: August 14, 2001

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 044022859X

ISBN - 13: 9780440228592

About the Book

Stanley’s been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center where the warden makes the boys "build character" by digging holes. Stanley realizes the boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake?

From the Publisher

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 redemption.

From the Jacket

"A dazzling blend of social commentary, tall tale and magic realism."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred
"There is no question, kids will love Holes."--School Library Journal, Starred

About the Author

Louis Sachar is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Holes, which won the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Christopher Award, as well as Stanley Yelnats'' Survival to Camp Green Lake; Small Steps, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award; and The Cardturner, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a Parents'' Choice Gold Award recipient, and an ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book. His books for younger readers include There''s a Boy in the Girls'' Bathroom, The Boy Who Lost His Face, Dogs Don''t Tell Jokes, and the Marvin Redpost series, among many others.

From Our Editors

Junior Booklovers Contest Winner Riley, age 13, Calgary, AB 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 sky. But those same shoes were taken from a homeless shelter just minutes earlier. 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 lives. 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
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A New York Public Library''s 100 Great Children''s Books 100 Years selection

"A dazzling blend of social commentary, tall tale and magic realism."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred

"There is no question, kids will love Holes."--School Library Journal, Starred

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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