- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
- Series: Holes Series
- Paperback: 233 pages
- Publisher: Yearling (May 9, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440414806
- ISBN-13: 978-0440414803
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,406 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Both my boys can be sensitive to darker plots and humor but they both really enjoyed this book - it wasn't too much for them. It's recommended for third grade and up but I found it appropriate for my first and second grader. The only mildly inappropriate instance is when one character says, "What the hell?" I didn't even notice when I was reading it but my first grader was quick to point out at our book club meeting that it was his favorite part - because of the "bad" word. Such a proud parenting moment.
Speaking of book club, this was a great selection for the Intergenerational Book Club (IGBC) at my church. There were kids from first through fifth grade (mostly boys) and all of them enjoyed this book. For snacks we had worms and dirt (made by the kids), doughnut holes, and pumpkin onion cookies. (Onions play an important role in the story.)
The book is not lengthy and easy to read. Good characters well described. Well written. Not boring. Recommended for all teenagers. Adults can enjoy. I read the book because my son is reading it at school.
The book itself is not lengthy. Many of the chapters are somewhat short and seems to me to be a fairly easy read. There is a lot of interesting coincidences that occur within the story in order to facilitate the story line. If this was serious adult fiction I would find the story not credible. However I think it makes a great story for youth. I would call it a version of a morality story. There are lessons in bullying, injustice, loyalty, selflessness, perseverance, etc... In the event that a reader from middle school to early adult read this book and liked it and wished to try a slightly more advanced reads that is still appropriate for a young adults, I respectfully submit "Girl, Stolen" by April Henry, and "Girls Like Us" by Gail Giles for consideration.
In summary it was a pleasant, easy read. In the event that a parent might be looking for a lesser known book from an earlier time, I recently came upon a relatively short novel, "Understood Betsy" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher. It is set in the early twentieth century in rural Vermont and is probably more for little girls. The book is not long, although some of the chapters are slightly long. Another book from an earlier time that I came upon is "The Boxcar Children" by Gertrude Chandler Warner, which may be for slightly younger children. Thank You...