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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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“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
"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).
"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."
" When you spend your whole life living in a hole", he said, "the only way you can go is up.”
“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.”
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