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: 2018-05-03

I bought "Holes" a little over year ago while searching for books to build a decent library for my classroom. I came a cross a number of lists, and reviews that contained this title, so I went for it.

What a revelation! The way Sachar started telling Stanley's story, but especially, the way Stanley viewed himself and his trip to Camp Green Lake at the beginning to the book, got me completely hooked.

After a few very entertaining chapters I popped into something completely different: a "love" story from over a hundred years ago. It was lovely the way it changed the perspective on Stanley and his life. Afterwards, Stanley himself started to change, as if the reader's knowledge on his past had an effect on the character itself.

Then it came the second love story, so very different from the first one. This kicked started the dominos that fell all the way to the ending filling the holes in the story (before the actual "Filling in the Holes").

It was, in one word: Brilliant! I completely get all the praise Sachar got from it years ago. This story still deserves all of the praise it is given.

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 

Reviewed: 2017-09-28
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
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