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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S100 BEST YA BOOKS OF ALL TIME Dig deep in this award-winning, modern classic that will remind readers that adventure is right around the corner–or just under your feet!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.”A smart jigsaw puzzle of a novel.”  —New York Times  *Includes a double bonus: an excerpt from Small Steps, the follow-up to Holes, as well as an excerpt from the New York Times bestseller Fuzzy Mud.

Louis Sachar
May 9, 2000
233 pages

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PW’s starred review of the 1999 Newbery Medal winner described it as a “dazzling blend of social commentary, tall tale and magic realism.” Ages 10-up. (May) Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. Review Winner of the Newbery Medal Winner of the National Book Award #1 New York Times Bestseller 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 Review “There is no question, kids will love Holes.” —School Library Journal, 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 From the Inside Flap 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. From the Back Cover 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 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 Award recipient, and an ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book. His books for younger readers include There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, The Boy Who Lost His Face, Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes, and the Marvin Redpost series, among many others. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. 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. Read more <div id="

  • My goodness what a criminal justice system that sentences a first-time offender to a year and a half sentence (“you’re going to be thirsty for the next 18 months” p. 15) at a juvenile penal facility work camp! Really? Where they dig holes all day seven days a week! No wonder kids grow up thinking the justice system is unfair. Books like these are not helping. I got the book because it had the shiny gold sticker on the front and got great reviews. I got it for my ten-year-old but he didn’t want to read it so I read it.Can an entire lake (“the largest lake in Texas” p. 15) dry up in one person’s lifetime? Kissing Kate Barlow was a school teacher, already an adult when the lake was full, then as an older adult she is burying treasure in the middle of its dry basin. I’m just sayin. Oh and Trout Walker catches up to her and Sam with a motor boat. Yet years later she’s robbing stagecoaches! A bit anachronistic.Why did Stanley feel he had to lie in his letters to home and make it sound like he was water skiing and having fun when really he was in a slave camp? The explanation is that they wanted to “pretend”. Perhaps adults just shouldn’t read this book.Stanley just HAPPENS to be sentenced to dig a whole and he just HAPPENS to find a treasure from an ancestor in an area only 5ft by 5ft within the first few days, and it HAPPENS to have his name on the suitcase? And his new friend just HAPPENS to be the guy that stole the sneakers that put him there! And they survive on the very onions that Sam used to grow. and the “fabulous spiced peaches” (p. 101) of Katherine Barlow! I realize the author is trying to force a circle but it’s just not realistic.A word about Sam whom we learn about in chapter 25. Apparently he was well-respected, “nobody argued with Sam” he ran a successful onion-growing business and the townspeople would come to him for onion remedies. Even the town doctor used Sam’s onion-cure for baldness. He was a valued carpenter as well. Yet all it took was a kiss (“it’s against the law for a negro to kiss a white woman” p.113) for all hell to break lose: the school house is burned down, a donkey is shot, and Sam is to be hung on a rope without a trial apparently. With kids growing up with stories like these, it’s no wonder we don’t make much progress.Why were the guards so loyal to the sadistic Warden? Were they going to get a share of a treasure whose only proof of existence was family lore? And of course all these juvenile delinquents are so nice and don’t even curse. I’m sure they were all innocent like Stanley and Zero. Even the car thief “Twitch” was innocent, his criminal record justified as the result of some kind of medical condition: “I never plan to steal one…I’ll just start twitching” p. 145.Katherine Barlow was a respected school teacher. After Sam kisses her, Sam is then murdered for the “crime” in front of her. She never recovers from the shock. She turns into the “famous outlaw” Kissing Kate Barlow, who leaves a lipstick mark on her murder victims and one victim is Stanley’s ancestor whom she leaves stranded in a desert to suffer and die. In short, she goes insane. Why is there not more outrage from women readers at this demeaning narrative? A woman who cannot rise up and overcome the lost love of a man, but rather dwells in the same moment for the rest of her life (Mrs. Havisham?), re-enacting the kiss on dead corpses like some necrophiliac! Yes, it’s really quite disturbing the more you think about it.
  • It is not a secret that a reader, especially a child reader, would put himself in place of the protagonist and often imagine himself “living” the story he is reading. Imagining himself in the devastation of being arrested (no matter for what reason); imagining himself forced to undress in a stranger man’s presence (watching him); wondering why would a criminal woman’s kissing somebody be considered to be cool; empathizing with a 15-year-old girl being traded for a pig by her own father (a total lack of family bonds, parental instincts, and love); and many more… I don’t see how all these would not ruin a child’s dream world and imagination, how it wouldn’t damage a child’s psychology, and emotional growth. Not to speak how any of these can possibly help.Exposing our youth to this kind of abusive content and then wondering “why…?” must be a bigger degeneration than hypocrisy.
  • Stanley is a school boy who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is convicted of stealing shoes and sent to correctional camp Green Lake. Camp Green lake is by the side of a dried up lake in the middle of a desert. Escape seems impossible because there is no food or water. The life is tough. Each day the boys have to dig a hole 5 foot deep and 5 foot wide measured by the shovel. The book has a good ending but you need to read the book to find out what happens. You won’t be disappointed. After each chapter you will not want to put the book down. There is another story running parallel telling the events at Green lake 110 years before which tie into the main story.The book is not lengthy and easy to read. Good characters well described. Well written. Not boring. Recommended for all teenagers. Adults can enjoy. I read the book because my son is reading it at school.
  • I finally decided to check this book out after years of watching the movie. I’m so happy I did, because it’s way better than the film (as is usually the case), which is saying something. I won’t give anything away with regards to the plot, but I’ll say this much – I highly recommend it not just for young adults, but for us older adults as well. 😉
  • The flashbacks really helped you understand more about the story and characters. Loved how the characters are all connected like in a spiderweb.
  • As a teacher, I was stumped how I was going to form a reading group with the same book since we weren’t meeting in person. I had the books delivered to my kiddos by Amazon! It happened to be a group of all boys and one girl. There was adventure and suspense and all the students couldn’t wait to read each chapter. I highly recommend this book. My readers were 2nd graders, but they were definitely advanced readers. It would absolutely be appropriate for 3rd-5th graders.
  • Such a good book. All three of my kids read this in middle school and I’ve read it myself. It has mystery to keep you entertained and the main characters are great examples of good triumphing over evil. If you want a book that is a fun and a fast, read plus is really easy to write an A+ book report on, then choose this book.
  • Passed this book around to all the young people in our family, and currently not sure which family has it. That is, AFTER we read it together in the car on a road trip. Awesome book, can’t hardly put it down. If you want to get your kids reading, force them to read the first chapter and you won’t see them until they’ve finished. 🙂
  • BUY THIS BOOK! My son came home from school last term with Pig City and didn’t really want to even start it. I read the first couple of chapters out loud to him and then when I said he could have a later bedtime IF he did 29 mins reading he started reading it to himself. Well, 20 minutes went by, then 30, then and hour – he was hooked. He finished the book in a few stints and came into my bedroom crying – the book had got to his heart and he was wanting more! I ordered Holes immediately! I read the first chapter to myself (just to check that it wasn’t going to put him off…) 20 minutes went by, then 30,then an hour… In 2 days I had read the book myself – it was absolutely brilliant. My son read it over the Christmas holidays and finished it last night. We both wept at the end – and now we’re searching for more books! I have never been an avid reader, just the odd book here and there. My spelling is terrible and I’ve often though that’s partly because I didn’t read when I was a child or teen – we didn’t have amazon reviews and I rarely found a book that suited me. Now my son and I have found our genre – kids’ books! Not too long, page turning excitement, serious and an emotional. Louis Sachar, thank you!
  • Stanley Yelnats seems to have no luck at all. Incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit in a strange facility with cruel staff, rough inmates and a somewhat unusual set of rules including a daily requirement to dig a hole as round and deep as a shovel. Stanley has to find a way to shake off a curse which has plagued his family for generations.This is a book for the whole family. It will make you laugh and cry. It will make you think about luck, friendship, love and the way these wonderful things provide relief in challenging circumstances. There are many lessons woven in a clever story.My 10 year old son loved the book and I did as well. Originally I only read it to encourage his reading but fell under the book’s spell. Enjoyable for all ages. It’s now one of my all time favourite books!
  • I must confess to having never heard of this book before teaching it recently. However, my class and I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Stanley Yelnats, who is sent to Camp Green Lake for a crime he didn’t commit, and the uneasy alliances and relationships that form within his imprisonment. The book plays back and forth with flashbacks from Stanley’s fore fathers and is tied neatly back together in the end. We subsequently watched the Disney film, which is not a patch on the book and does not end in the same way (No spoilers here though!)
  • I used this book to form the basis of the guided reading lessons for my Year 5 class for an entire term. This book is gripping and full of opportunity for inference and prediction exercises. My class were engrossed in the storyline from start to finish and enjoyed every twist and turn along the way. This book is perfect for upper KS2 children and provides plenty of challenge. I also bought the read and respond exercise book and found it extremely useful when used in conjunction…
  • It is an interesting book written by Louis Sachar with lots of twists and it doesn’t allow you to guess what is going to happen. It starts with a boy who was accused of stealing a famous basketball players shoes from the homeless shelter. There are lots of cliff hangers and unexpected things that happen along the way. I loved it and it is the best book I have read in a long time. My favourite part is when they find the lizards and have to run away.A great read and I would recommend to read it.
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