- Publisher: Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)
- Format: Paperback | 233 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 193mm x 20mm | 181g
- Publication date: 9 May 2000
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0440414806
- ISBN 13: 9780440414803
- Sales rank: 1,171
A modern classic . . . from the "New York Times" bestselling author who has been recognized with the Newbery Award as well as the National Book Award!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."
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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.
By TeensReadToo 23 Sep 2010
HOLES was first released over a decade ago, so I have no excuse for not joining the masses in reading it before now. But, I kept telling myself, it's about boys digging holes. What's interesting about that?
So years passed.
When the anniversary edition, complete with its Newbery-medal-bearing jacket, caught my eye, I decided it was time to see what all the hype was about. After all, clearly the book was good enough to be made into a movie starring some of my favorite actors (Jon Voigt, Henry Winkler, Sigourney Weaver, and a young Shia LaBeouf), so it had to be good, right?
Thankfully, this (admittedly flawed) line of reasoning didn't fail me. The book met and exceeded my expectations.
A weak but loveable main character named Stanley Yelnats (a clever anagram, no?) leads readers through the main plot. The story is about an adolescent boy sent to a reform camp, where he must dig one grave-sized hole each day as punishment for a crime we're led to believe he did not commit.
As I suspected, this plot is no fun. But don't let that fool you! The book itself is chalk full of fun...and it doesn't take long for it to enter the story.
A master at suspending disbelief, Sachar weaves together several storylines as he takes us back through Yelnats family history and ties it to the history of Kissin' Kate Barlow, one of the most notorious outlaws in the West. Without revealing too much, and yet dropping enough clues for readers to piece the puzzle together as they go, Sachar unveils each story as a stand-alone piece while keeping firm footing in the main story.
One character after another dances through the book and wins over readers with a sympathetic story of his or her own. Luckily, Sachar makes it easy to fall in love with even the most backward-seeming character. No one's life is easy and everyone wants his or her story told.
Amazingly, this is accomplished in one reasonably short, action-packed book that more than earned every award piled upon it.
I highly recommend picking this one up anytime!
*Gold Star Award Winner!
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
Stanley Yelnats tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment-and redemption.