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Holes

by Louis Sachar

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

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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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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''s popular books include There''s a Boy in the Girls'' Bathroom and Dogs Don''t Tell Jokes.

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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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Editorial Reviews

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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