Holes : 21 Great Bloomsbury Reads for the 21st Century

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Stanley Yelnat's 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. As punishment, the boys must dig a hole each day, five foot wide by five foot deep, in the hard earth of the dried-up lake bed. The warden claims this is 'character building' - but it doesn't take long for Stanley to realise that what he must actually uncover is the truth.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 129 x 198mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 21st birthday celebratory ed
  • 0747589992
  • 9780747589990

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'A story of friendship with the cleverest plot twists, and descriptions so vivid you can feel the heat of Stanley's desert prison burning off the page A total must-read' The Times 'An exceptionally funny and generous book that is also a tightly plotted detective novel' Guardian 'Unmistakably powerful' Philip Pullman 'One of those instant classics that adults, as well as children, will thoroughly enjoy' Independent on Sundayshow more

About Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar lives in Texas where he writes full time. He wrote the screenplay for the movie of his novel Holes, starring Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight and Patricia Arquette.show more

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