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Holes

by Louis Sachar

Random House Children's Books | May 9, 2000 | Trade Paperback

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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: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 7.65 × 5.25 × 0.67 in

Published: May 9, 2000

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440414806

ISBN - 13: 9780440414803

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Holes

by Louis Sachar

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 7.65 × 5.25 × 0.67 in

Published: May 9, 2000

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440414806

ISBN - 13: 9780440414803

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Stanley Yelnats was the only passenger on the bus, not counting the driver or the guard. The guard sat next to the driver with his seat turned around facing Stanley. A rifle lay across his lap. Stanley was sitting about ten rows back, handcuffed to his armrest. His backpack lay on the seat next to him. It contained his toothbrush, toothpaste, and a box of stationary his mother had given him. He’d promised to write to her at least once a week. He looked out the window, although there wasn’t much to see—mostly fields of hay and cotton. He was on a long bus ride to nowhere. The bus wasn’t air-conditioned, and the hot heavy air was almost as stifling as the handcuffs. Stanley and his parents had tried to pretend that he was just going away to camp for a while, just like rich kids do. When Stanley was younger he used to play with stuffed animals, and pretend the animals were at camp. Camp Fun and Games he called it. Sometimes he’d have them play soccer with a marble. Other times they’d run an obstacle course, or go bungee jumping off a table, tied to broken rubber bands. Now Stanley tried to pretend he was going to Camp Fun and Games. Maybe he’d make some friends, he thought. At least he’d get to swim in the lake. He didn’t have any friends at home. He was overweight and the kids at his middle school often teased him about his size. Even his teachers sometimes made cruel comments without realizing it. On his last day of school,
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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.

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Stanley Yelnats tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment-and redemption.

About the Author

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

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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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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