Holes by Louis Sachar


byLouis Sachar

Mass Market Paperback | August 14, 2001

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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 


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...
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Title:HolesFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 6.88 × 4.2 × 0.76 inPublished:August 14, 2001Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:044022859X

ISBN - 13:9780440228592

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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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.

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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