Holes : Winner of the National Book Award 1998 and the John Newbery Medal 1999
Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck going back generations, so he is not too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre. Nor is he very surprised when he is told that his daily labour at the camp is to dig a hole, five foot wide by five foot deep, and report anything that he finds in that hole. The warden claims that it is character building, but this is a lie and Stanley must dig up the truth. In this wonderfully inventive, compelling novel that is both serious and funny, Louis Sachar has created a masterpiece that will leave all readers amazed and delighted by the author's narrative flair and brilliantly handled plot.
- Paperback | 240 pages
- 128 x 196 x 16mm | 160g
- 02 Oct 2000
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- New edition
'Holes is one of those instant classics that adults, as well as children over eight, will thoroughly enjoy. Sachar has created something quite different from JK Rowling or Philip Pullman, but no less enchanting' Independent on Sunday 'If you want a witty, moving read that grabs you and never lets up, look no further than Holes' The Daily Telegraph 'Forget the fame and glamour of Holes, the movie and the rest. Just remember Camp Green Lake and that story that gave us one of the best books of the last ten years' Books for Keeps
About Louis Sachar
Louis Sachar is the author of several popular novels for children - all published in the USA. He lives in Austin, Texas. This is the first of his books published in the UK.
Our customer reviews
Funny, intriguing, bizzare, fast paced....a most enjoyable read. This short book will appeal to children and adults but it is not a "childish" book as it deals with inhumanity, injustice, greed and retribution but all in an accessible way. I read it in a single afternoon and chuckled at various points and nearly shed a tear at others. Read it enjoy it but.....beware of the yellow spotted lizards, unless you quickly work out how to repel them!show moreby Roger Manley