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As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780440414803
Branch Call Number: TEEN F SAC
Characteristics: 233 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 07, 2017

This is a great book boiled down to its core. However it is very very slow in the beginning, for those who have no patience and just getting to the action, this isn't for you.

GCPL_Teen Jun 29, 2017

If you liked Wayside School, you will likely enjoy Holes. Sachar has a brand of humor that will draw the reader in. Holes is both funny and heart wrenching.

Jan 24, 2017

This book is very interesting and understandable throughout. It is one of the few books I have been interested in from start to finish. Author Louis Sachar does a spectacular job of telling the story and creates an interesting plot while simultaneously developing the characters. The story follows Stanley Yelnats as he is sent to a detention center for supposedly stealing something, which of course, he did not do. I remember how enigmatic the character Zero seemed to me. Overall, it was an incredible amalgamation of a great plot and character development that ultimately allowed for a very interesting read, even for a person who is not an avid reader like me.
Rating: 4.5/5
- @JuiceboxZ of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Dec 31, 2016

I'm reading Holes at school, watch the movie, it's good :).

VaughanPLAlex Dec 29, 2016

Stanley is tried and convicted for a crime he did not commit, a crime he had no part in. As punishment, he is sentenced to Camp Green Lake, a reform camp for boys forced to work day in and day out in the hot sun—what are they doing? Digging holes. Stanley blames his misfortunes on his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather, whose actions brought a curse to the family name.

Sacher brilliantly weaves together past and present, allowing the reader to gain insight into what was, what is, and what might be. Although this is a book for children, it is both youthful and mature, making it a great read for all ages.

FindingJane Apr 23, 2016

This book is about bad boys. Or maybe kid who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s not entirely a happy story but it easily sets the mood of this supposed camp that’s little better than a plein air jail. Boys are set to dig holes repeatedly because it builds character. But it doesn’t take a genius to realize that something else is afoot… The prose style is dry (pun intended) and straightforward. The story is not. Past and present alternate as we learn about the history of Green Lake, a dust bowl of arid temperatures where it hasn’t rained in over 100 years. Curses, spoken and unspoken, give this book an almost magical realistic feel. A doomed couple, a broken-hearted woman turned bandit, a gypsy woman whose last request went foolishly unfulfilled and a smelly-footed bandit provide the colorful backdrops for this story of buried treasure and beleaguered youth. Stanley, who’s overweight, loses pounds and gains toughness. Zero learns to read and the other boys learn to stick together. All of this is implied; the author is too canny to make his morals heavyweight or unsubtle. There are moments of humor, brutality, unfairness and cold dread—not exactly what you’d expect to find in a kid’s book. “Holes” is a short book but thoughtful literature for all that.

mvkramer Mar 02, 2016

I love the interlocking past and present, the magic and curses, and the growing friendship between Stanley and Zero. It's a classic, folks!

Feb 28, 2016

A very interesting book, poor kids have to dig such big holes every day. . But it is a good book, I recommend it to people who like mystery.

Sep 13, 2015

OHmygosh, sooo good. Listened to it on road trip, did not want to stop driving!!

Aug 08, 2015

It is my favorite book! I like how Sachar tells the story of Stanley and of his relative that got the curse parallelely and the symbolism that he puts in the book.

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Nov 26, 2016

Young Stanley is forced to go to a camp called 'camp green lake', but its not green at all, just sand and earth. And there is no Lake, its been dry for over 1000 years. Camp Green lake has a long history, and a bad, violent one too. All those 'bad' boys must dig a hole 5 feet high and 5 feet wide. This heartwarming book captures scenes no one would imagine. But while Stanley Yelnats goes through that suffering, Hecter Zeroni(AKA Zero) goes through the worst.

Jun 20, 2015

good book about digging holes to store HUGE balls!0

Jul 21, 2014

owsome book

Jul 24, 2012

Stanley Yelnats is wrongfully accused of theft and is forced into a juvenile detention camp and is forced to dig holes until he finds treasure with his best friend Zero.

Jul 23, 2012

Stanley has to go to Camp Green Lake, a boys' detention center under a curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather. The boys build character daily by digging holes that are exactly five feet wide and five feet deep under a dried up lake because the Warden is looking for something.

DesireeOnDeck Jul 02, 2012

Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfater and has since followed generations of Yelnats.now Stanly has been unjustly sent to a boy's detention center. camp green lake, where the bad boys have to dig one hall every day, five feet wide and five feet deep. He also meet a boy name Zero that didnt know who to read. they escaped the camp and nobody went after them. stanley and zero found a box of tresure for him and zero. Stanley lawer came and tookk the tresure and letf camp now all his friend that he met at camp is now out and always come to zero or Stanly house to Play. Now zero is not poor and whey live in a big house.Thxz $ Readin My Summary!!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 06, 2012

a boy who digs holes

Jul 27, 2011

Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfater and has since followed generations of Yelnats.now Stanly has been unjustly sent to a boy's detention center. camp green lake, where the bad boys have to dig one hall every day, five feet wide and five feet deep.

Oct 01, 2010

Stanley Yelnats is sent to Camp Green Lake for stealing shoes. Camp Green Lake is a boot camp for boys. Everyday you dig holes at Camp Green Lake. Soon, Stanley realizes that the boys aren't just digging, they're digging for something.

lucky Oct 22, 2008

Stanley Yelnats gets sent to a "boot camp" to dig holes, for committing theft, although he didn't really do it. At "boot camp", they dig holes searching for treasure. Will Stanley find the treasure, and break the family curse?

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Jun 28, 2015

“You're responsible for yourself. You messed up your life, and it's up to you to fix it. No one else is going to do it for you -- for any of you.”
― Louis Sachar

Jul 21, 2014

this is good

Jul 06, 2014

You can't dig your way to a better life.

Jul 04, 2012

"Behind them the sky had turned dark, and for the first time in over a hundred years, a drop of rain fell into the empty lake" (225).

DesireeOnDeck Jul 02, 2012

Love This Book read it in 4th grade and seen the movie

lovescars26 Jun 22, 2012

love this book

soccergirl8 Jun 15, 2012

"If only, if only, the moon speaks no reply; reflecting the sun and all that's gone by. Be strong my weary wolf, turn around boldly. Fly high, my baby bird, my angel, my only."

busyinbillspants Jun 06, 2012

" When you spend your whole life living in a hole", he said, "the only way you can go is up.”

busyinbillspants Jun 06, 2012

“If only, if only," the woodpecker sighs, "The bark on the tree was as soft as the skies." While the wolf waits below, hungry and lonely, Crying to the moo-oo-oon, If only, If only.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 06, 2012

"life gives u holes'


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