HOLES

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.

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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.

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  • Yearling
  • Paperback
  • May 2000
  • 272 Pages
  • 9780440414803

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About Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar made history with Holes, which won every major children’s book award and was turned into a movie. He lives in Austin, Texas. Her popular books include There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom and Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes.

Praise

"A dazzling blend of social commentary, tall tale and magic realism."Publishers Weekly, starred

"There is no question, kids will love Holes."School Library Journal, starred