Holes (A Yearling Book)

Louis Sachar
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 Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys "build character" by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. 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. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.


Reviewed: 2020-10-25

Among those of us who love books, there is a saying that the book is always better than the movie. In this case, the movie and the book are virtually equal. This is likely the case because the book is short and thus easier to render into a 2-hour block, but the fact that the book's author, Louis Sachar, was also the screenwriter and top-notch acting talent was recruited for the film also helped. 

This story reads like a modern-day folktale or fairytale. It mixes myth and reality into a believable plot with elements of fantasy and coincidence. The story includes the reality of racism past and present without becoming preachy. 

This wonderful Newberry Award-winning book is a must-have for my library collection. If the ESL reader has difficulties, he or she can watch the movie to get an authentic depiction of the characters and plot.

Biblioteca Inglesa de Fortin

(English Library of Fortin)

Fortin de las Flores, Veracruz, Mexico


Reviewed: 2018-04-13

Luke T.  April 13, 2018 


The book Holes it is about a poor kid named Stanley Yelnats. He gets sent to a camp because of crime. Camp Green Lake is no normal camp. He is forced to dig holes not knowing what to find. Every day he must dig one hole, and if he finds anything interesting he must report it. Later in the story he is curious of what he is digging for. Could it be a million dollars that they are looking for? Is he going to figure out what they are digging for? Or, is someone else going to find it before he does? In my opinion it is a good book. It was the first book that I read to get me into reading longer and more challenging books. I recommend this book to people that like mysteries and digging holes 

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