Average Rating:
Rate this:
McMillan Palgrave

20 Years in Print

Winner of the National Book Award

“Dazzling” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Heartrending” —The Horn Book, starred review
“Brilliant” —School Library Journal, starred review
“Engrossing” —Kirkus Reviews
“A joyful, eerie tour de force” —The Boston Sunday Globe
“Wildly inventive” —The New York Times Book Review

Stanley Yelnats’s family has a history of bad luck, so he isn’t too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to a boys’ juvenile detention center, Camp Green Lake. But there is no lake—it has been dry for over a hundred years—and it’s hardly a camp: as punishment, the boys must each dig a hole a day, five feet deep, five feet across, in the hard earth of the dried-up lake bed. The warden claims that this pointless labor builds character, but that’s a lie. Stanley must try to dig up the truth.

In this wonderfully inventive, compelling novel that is both serious and funny, Louis Sachar weaves a narrative puzzle that tangles and untangles, until it becomes clear that the hand of fate has been at work in the lives of the characters—and their forebears—for generations. It is a darkly humorous tale of crime, punishment, and redemption.

Edition: New edition
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780374312640
Characteristics: 265 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jul 10, 2019

I read this book to my three sons who are 6, 9, and 11 years old. We all loved it! It was a fun read that kept us intrigued. It made us laugh and it made me tear up a few times. I definitely recommend reading this book!

May 31, 2019

Holes is my all-time favourite book ever. Period. I love all the plots and twists. 5 stars.

Dec 05, 2018

this is my all time favorite book and will stay that way. the plot is just really good and the mystery about zero. best book ever.

Nov 29, 2018

The first hole's the worst.
No, the second.
Actually, the third.

Stanley is sent to a jail for "bad boys". He is forced to dig holes every single day exactly 5 feet wide and 5 feet deep. Stanley and his friends wonder why they are digging holes. It's all up to Stanley to dig up the truth.

I would give this book a 4.5/5. I couldn't put the book down. Perfect read for 9-13 years of age.

What I like about this book is the humour and the great work of fiction. This book is very adventurous and exciting. I also like the amount of "cliff-hangers". It makes you really want to read the next chapter and so on. A next step is that make the summary on the back more exciting. Most people like me didn't really want to read the book at first (the back seems boring). However, the cover is very well done and looks very artistic! Well done Louis Sachar!

Aug 02, 2018

Sachar, Louis
AR Quiz No. 28081 EN Fiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: MG - BL: 4.6 - AR Pts: 7.0

Jul 07, 2018

I really enjoyed how this book came together at the end. I did find some points a little tedious to get through but overall the story was very interesting.

Jul 04, 2018

I did find interest in this book at the beginning while I was reading it for a school-assignment,
but soon after the middle I kept losing concentration and becoming off track. I will admit it definitely does get boring at some points but overall it is a pretty good book.

Jun 10, 2018

Read this with my 9 yr old. Quite a good read for any age. Great characters, mystery, fantastic ending.

Mar 13, 2018

i like this book because it is intresting
Age: 9/12 can read this book .i give this book 5 star. I want borrow this book can u hold it for NoorZamir01

ReadingAdviser_Lori Mar 07, 2018

This modern classic novel is a must-read for children, teens and adults who enjoy a story that is darkly humorous and mysterious.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
Jul 17, 2019

BenBurd03 thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over

Jul 07, 2018

kristenpfae thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

Jun 16, 2018

Deerfield2020 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 2

Dec 18, 2017

pink_pinniped_1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 12

violet_dolphin_4512 Jul 05, 2017

violet_dolphin_4512 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

Nov 26, 2016

lizzie66 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

Oct 16, 2016

SilverArctic2006 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

May 02, 2016

SimrDhaliwal thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 30

Sep 17, 2014

black_raven_122 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

blue_panda_1794 Jul 17, 2014

blue_panda_1794 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

View All Ages


Add a Summary
Mar 21, 2019

For my fourth independent reading book, I decided to read the book “Holes” by Louis Sachar. In my opinion, this book had a very creative topic and had many different characters with interesting roles as well as different personalities. When I first started reading this book it was very well understood and I knew what was happening in each chapter. However, as I continued to read the book I noticed that at times I would get confused between all the different characters. Overall, I was able to understand this book and enjoyed this book as well.

After finishing the book “Holes” by Louis Sachar, I had a lot of good things that I liked from this book. However, I also had many thing I wished that author could’ve done different. One of things I liked about the book was how each chapter was set up. What I mean by this is that each chapter at times had different topics but all “blended” well together and wasn’t confusing. Or the new chapter would pick up from where the last chapter ended, this made reading this book very clear and easy to understand. Another thing I liked about this book was how creative the topic of this book was, as mentioned before. Personally, so far I’ve not read a book that had a group of characters somehow connecting to each other and it being easy to understand. However, one thing I disliked about this book was

I would recommend this book to really anyone. Personally, this book was very interesting and again had a great topic. I think that anyone would find this book to be very clear to understand and enjoyable. If I had to pick a specific group I would say teens. I would recommend the book “Holes” to teens because maybe they could relate to the characters or even the topic of this book more than adults would.

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.

View All Summaries


Add a Quote
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'


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at FSJPL

To Top