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byLouis Sachar

Paperback | May 9, 2000

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Winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award! This #1 New York Times bestselling, modern classic in which boys are forced to dig holes day in and day out is now available with a splashy new look.

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 Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.

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. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.

Includes a double bonus: an excerpt from Small Steps, the follow-up to Holes, as well as an excerpt from Louis Sachar’s new middle-grade novel, Fuzzy Mud.

"A smart jigsaw puzzle of a novel." --The New York Times 


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...
Title:HolesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.69 × 5.19 × 0.63 inPublished:May 9, 2000Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0440414806

ISBN - 13:9780440414803

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book! This book was awesome, not just for my son, but for the entire family! We liked it so much we even watched the movie afterwards!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! As a teacher, I have used this book in literature circles with my students and they've always enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story First read this book in grade four, and I've been a fan ever since. Loved the movie as well. Great characters and story.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good I read this book for school but I ended up enjoying it well enough. I think part of the joy was taken away since there was a lot of school work though. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece! This is a masterpiece of Children's Literature and worthy of the Newberry Medal. It constantly proves itself to be much deeper and more heart-felt that you could possibly predict from the initial plot. It's one of those rare books that stay with you years after you've read it. Highly recommended! Rating: 9/10
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book As a teacher I am always looking for great books to keep my students engaged and this was one of them. After reading the book aloud 5 of my students bought the book so they could reread it. The characters are well written and easy to identify with. The different story lines made it engaging and kept them interested! Great book.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Great book but probably would have loved it even more if i read it in my childhood
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT Book! This book is highly entertaining with a masterful plot. It is one of my favorites!
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Capturing This book was such a good read, one of my favourites! It has an uncommon story line which made it interesting, and I love the little parts it had where it talked about the wild west. I totally recommend this book!
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holes A very well written compelling novel with characters you feel real emotions for.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book is amazing. The movie is based on the book
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and Worthy Read This book is a timeless classic in my eyes. Love the book in its entirety. The writing is captivating and interesting. The book overall is a joy to read with various good laughs through out.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my slice of cake. I did not really like this book or story, but it was very well written.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good It was a good book although it would have been better if I had read it as a kid and had the nostalgia factor. As it was it was enjoyable and I especially liked how it all turned out.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! A great book! Loved it as a kid, and the movie was excellent as well.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clever little gem I read this way back in school and it was one of the few books I enjoyed so much, I purchased a copy as an adult to re-read and it's just as funny and entertaining as it was then. I love the idea that this group of misfits created their own little family and they all had their own nicknames. Loved the clueless adults as much as I loved the beautiful and tragic love story of Kate and Sam. A curse just buried in dirt. What else could one ask for?
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent story Must read for any young reader. I remember when this book came out. Excellent story.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read for young people! What a great read for boys and girls alike. my students in grade 5 truly enjoyed this, and didn't want to put it away!
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really interesting This book is just very different from most of what you read, the story is just so different. Very intriguing and a page turner. I definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read! I really enjoyed this, I feel like its for all ages!
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book For Young Readers This is such a great book for young readers. I loved it then and as an adult I picked up on some things I had missed before! It's an easy read yet still full of substance and characters with depth. The ending is a bit thrown together in a quick happy ending sort of way, but I don't think it's the ending that was really important.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A brillaint children's novel This is a great novel about fate, luck, sacrifice, determination and the choices we make in our lives. The descriptions are well done the hero likeable, the humour spot-on, and it s full of surprises (yet it has a happy ending). Could not recommend it more highly.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Its ok. Not the best book ive ever read but its ok.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my all time favourites I have read almost every single Louis Sachar book that exists and this is possibly my very favourite. It's funny and clever, and a joy to read. I love it today as much as i did the first time i read it years and year ago #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! I have read this book so many times. It's a childhood favourite, and the humour never gets old! Great read.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! I never get tired of reading this book, no matter what age I am.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining book I really liked this book! Great read!
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This book is a great story. Even as an adult I still like this book. A modern classic.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It This is the book that made me love reading. Such a great story. #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book great book. the story was something different from the usual.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic! Amazing book that I love to read time and time again. I first read it in school as a kid but it was definitely a book I spent time looking for until I could get the chance to read it again. A book that I believe every kid should get the chance to read!
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from classic book read this book many times as a kid. I never got tired of the story line
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fantastic Holes is a fantastic novel about a boy names Stanley who is sent to a detention camp. The wierd thing is that all the boys in the detention camp dig up hole everyday to find something, but no one knows exacty what. This novel has many themes but a significant one is friendship. Very well written with a great plot. The movie is very similar to the book as well.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Holes (Holes #1) by Louis Sachar Holes, by Louis Sachar, It was really good, I loved it. It's a young adult novel from which a movie was made. I have not seen the movie, but I hope to. The book is a Newberry Award Winner.No wonder this book has got a Newberry Award. Its 200 something pages of pure awesomeness! By beautifully executing such an ingenious concept, Louis Sachar has made me his fan.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from * I read this book as a child. Great story.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Favourite Childhood Read I was read this story by an elementary school teacher, and it has stuck with me all the way into my 20's. This story is enchanting and the world-building is fantastic.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay.... Read this in elementary as a class.... it was okay... not bad nor good... I enjoyed reading it though, except for the fact that you have to read a paragraph or two out loud...
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Humourous All the "coincidences" create intrigue and humour.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I'd say this book is good for reluctant readers as it is engaging, with some twists and turns throughout. Some disturbing things, so if you read to a child under Grade 4, please take note - scenes of starvation and death threats are in this book.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of the most memorable books I've ever read. I'm sure most of us remember reading it for school (and usually school books are boring) but this novel was so unique and intriguing for me. I also thought the fact that 'Stanley Yelnats" backwards is still 'Stanley Yelnats' to be the coolest thing ever. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great #plumreview An easy, funny read for all ages.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh. another book forced on to the educational system. I didn't particularly enjoy the second half of the book.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Killer! This book is amazing! Its just beyond words great!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book! This book is one of my personal favourites and I read it to my students in Grade 4/5 every year! They love it too.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read t's a well told mystery story with intersecting stories. This is a great read and its easy for young kids to pick up. I
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best One of the best tween books ever, I can't recommend it enough #PlumReview
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ideal for a tween! My 10 year old daughter isn't a huge fan of reading but she loves this book. What hels makes it an easy read is the short chapters, which she treats as an accomplishment.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It Every time I read this book, I fall in love with it again.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5- stars! Great story and a easy read!
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I first read this book as a kid. Now as I reread it as an adult, I remember why I loved this book so much. It is funny and has a great story line and keeps you captivated through the whole book. It is great for all ages.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Such a unique story. Funny and captivating.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Kids Book This is a great story, It's been a few years since I read it but I feel it still holds up.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book!! Great book! Had to read it in public school and loved it. then it came out in a movie and was amazing too!!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story that Comes Together This book offers an expertly written story that covers different generations in different parts of the world - but all comes together for a satisfying conclusion.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I picked up Holes many years ago because my younger brother was reading it in school. Such an interesting story that ties together so well. Loved it from start to finish and I would urge all to read this.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of my childhood favs !! loved this book
Date published: 2015-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good This book definetly was in my top favourite, as a child I longed for adventure stories and this story show s that in it. The movie was terrific and I will never forget this book. True literature.
Date published: 2015-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alex I dont like to read that much but this was a really fast read LOL
Date published: 2015-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Christo This book is so........ awsome i just want to kiss it like im kissing a human Louis Sachar your book is awesome from Namibia
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving this book! I read this two years ago for a temporarily subject called "Book Club" I thought I wouldn't get into it but! I was wrong this book was amazing! Then I started reading this book again and found it pretty awesome! Okay there is a character named Stanley Yelnats. Guess what the last name spells forward. That's for you to find out. Anyways Stanley gets arrested for stealing a pair of shoes, then he gets a choice to either go to jail or Camp Green Lake. See Stanley has never been out to a camp because his family couldn't afford it.. But he gets out there and he get's assigned to Group D when he reaches the tent he meets his new friends! named Squid, X-Ray, Magnet, Armpit, Zigzag and another boy named Zero. Then Stanley get's a nickname called "Caveman" But Zero was a shy and quiet boy but zero begins to open up to Caveman and he starts teaching Zero some.... That's for you to find out, Come check it out! I personally recommend this book it made me laugh a few times but yeah i'd give this book an 4 stars it is perfect! But lacked some details. Other than that have a good day!
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Holes bylouis sachar Um i dont know how t put this in a nice way buT i was the most borin bok gave eve read the harry potter eries waS way better sorry
Date published: 2015-02-05
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 awesome I love the fact that Stanley's innocent
Date published: 2014-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Don't like to read much but this was fantastic!
Date published: 2013-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Don't like to read much but this was fantastic!
Date published: 2013-01-13
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book Holes is an excellent book.
Date published: 2000-05-16

Read from the Book

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, his math teacher, Mrs. Bell, taught ratios. As an example, she chose the heaviest kid in the class and the lightest kid in the class, and had them weigh themselves. Stanley weighed three times as much as the other boy. Mrs. Bell wrote the ratio on the board, 3:1, unaware of how much embarrassment she had caused both of them. Stanley was arrested later that day. He looked at the guard who sat slumped in his seat and wondered of he had fallen asleep. The guard was wearing sunglasses, so Stanley couldn’t see his eyes. Stanley was not a bad kid. He was innocent of the crime for which he was convicted. He’d just been in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was all because of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather! He smiled. It was a family joke. Whenever anything went wrong, they always blamed Stanley’s no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather! Supposedly, he had a great-great-grandfather who had stolen a pig from one-legged Gypsy, and she put a curse on him and all his descendants. Stanley and his parents didn’t believe in curses, of course, but whenever anything went wrong, it felt good to be able to blame someone. Things went wrong a lot. They always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. He looked out the window at the vast emptiness. He watched the rise and fall of a telephone wire. In his mind he could hear his father’s gruff voice softly singing to him. “If only, if only,” the woodpecker sighs, “The bark on the tree was just a little bit softer.” “While the wolf waits below, hungry and lonely, He cries to the moo–oo–oon, “If only, if only.” It was a song his father used to sing to him. The melody was sweet and sad, but Stanley’s favorite part was when his father would howl the word “moon”.The bus hit a small bump and the guard sat up, instantly alert. Stanley’s father was an inventor. To be a successful inventor you need three things: intelligence, perseverance, and just a little bit of luck. Stanley’s father was smart and had a lot of perseverance. Once he started a project he would work on it for years, often going days without sleep. He just never had any luck. Every time an experiment failed, Stanley could hear him cursing his dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather. Stanley’s father was also named Stanley Yelnats. Stanley’s father’s full name was Stanley Yelnats III. Our Stanley is Stanley Yelnats IV. Everyone in his family had always liked the fact that “Stanley Yelnats” was spelled the same frontward and backward. So they kept naming their sons Stanley. Stanley was an only child, as was every other Stanley Yelnats before him. All of them had something else in common. Despite their awful luck, they always remained hopeful. As Stanley’s father liked to say, “ I learned from failure.” But perhaps that was part of the curse as well. If Stanley and his father weren’t always hopeful, then it wouldn’t hurt so much every time their hopes were crushed. “Not every Stanley Yelnats has been a failure,” Stanley’s mother often pointed out, whenever Stanley or his father became so discouraged that they actually started to believe in the curse. The first Stanley Yelnats, Stanley’s great-grandfather, had made a fortune in the stock market. “He couldn’t have been too unlucky.” At such times she neglected to mention the bad luck that befell the first Stanley Yelnats. He lost his entire fortune when he was moving from New York to California. His stagecoach was robbed by the outlaw Kissin' Kate Barlow. If it weren’t for that, Stanley’s family would now be living in a mansion on a beach in California. Instead, they were crammed in a tiny apartment that smelled of burning rubber and foot odor. “If only, if only…. The apartment smelled the way it did because Stanley’s father was trying to invent a way to recycle old sneakers. “The first person who finds a use for old sneakers, “ he said, “will be a very rich man.” It was this lastest project that led to Stanley’s arrest. The bus ride became increasingly bumpy because the road was no longer paved. Actually, Stanley had been impressed when he first found out that is great-grandfather was robbed by Kissin’ Kate Barlow. True, he would have preferred living on the beach in California, but it was still kind of cool to have someone in your family robbed by a famous outlaw. Kate Barlow didn’t actually kiss Stanley’s great-grandfather. That would have been really cool, but she only kissed the men she killed. Instead, she robbed him and left him stranded in the middle of the desert. “He was lucky to have survived,” Stanley’s mother was quick to point out. The bus was slowing down. The guard grunted as he stretched out his arms. “Welcome Camp Green Lake,” said the driver. Stanley looked out the dirty window. He couldn’t see a lake. And hardly anything was green.

From Our Editors

Junior Booklovers Contest Winner Riley, age 13, Calgary, ABStanley 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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Winner of the Newbery MedalWinner of the National Book AwardA 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 Review"There is no question, kids will love Holes."-SLJ, Starred Review"[A] rugged, engrossing adventure."-Kirkus Reviews"This delightfully clever story is well-crafted and thought-provoking."-VOYA"[Sachar] comes fully, brilliantly into his own voice. This is a can't-put-it-down read."-The Bulletin#1 New York Times Bestseller