- Age Range: 11 - 16 years
- Grade Level: 6 and up
- Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
- Series: Newbery Medal Book
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (August 20, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374332657
- ISBN-13: 978-0374332655
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4,493 customer reviews)
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Holes (Newbery Medal Book) Hardcover – August 20, 1998
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"If you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy." Such is the reigning philosophy at Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention facility where there is no lake, and there are no happy campers. In place of what used to be "the largest lake in Texas" is now a dry, flat, sunburned wasteland, pocked with countless identical holes dug by boys improving their character. Stanley Yelnats, of palindromic name and ill-fated pedigree, has landed at Camp Green Lake because it seemed a better option than jail. No matter that his conviction was all a case of mistaken identity, the Yelnats family has become accustomed to a long history of bad luck, thanks to their "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather!" Despite his innocence, Stanley is quickly enmeshed in the Camp Green Lake routine: rising before dawn to dig a hole five feet deep and five feet in diameter; learning how to get along with the Lord of the Flies-styled pack of boys in Group D; and fearing the warden, who paints her fingernails with rattlesnake venom. But when Stanley realizes that the boys may not just be digging to build character--that in fact the warden is seeking something specific--the plot gets as thick as the irony.
It's a strange story, but strangely compelling and lovely too. Louis Sachar uses poker-faced understatement to create a bizarre but believable landscape--a place where Major Major Major Major of Catch-22 would feel right at home. But while there is humor and absurdity here, there is also a deep understanding of friendship and a searing compassion for society's underdogs. As Stanley unknowingly begins to fulfill his destiny--the dual plots coming together to reveal that fate has big plans in store--we can't help but cheer for the good guys, and all the Yelnats everywhere. (Ages 10 and older) --Brangien Davis
From Publishers Weekly
PW's starred review of the 1999 Newbery Medal winner described it as a "dazzling blend of social commentary, tall tale and magic realism." Ages 10-up. (May)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
It is suspenseful, interesting,and not one chapter
is even the slightest bit boring.
You will find that you will want to read this book
Louis Sachar has done an amazing job with Holes.
I hope that my review convinces you to read this
wonderful award winning book.
The piece is very disturbing at first, demanding and bleak but realistic with a touch of the magic to come. The beginning can be a little hard to get through, almost depressing. But the rewards are ample and well worth the emotional journey.
Stanley Yelnats is an unlikely yet likeable protagonist who's evolution and growth is gradual and encouraging and totally believeable. I can imagine that many young adolescents will really relate to this "outsider". He gives us all hope. Yet for all Stanley's troubles and adventures, Sacher has given him a pair of loving and totally supportive parents. Yes, Stanley is the hero who comes to the rescue, but his parents are not fools and, in the end, do some growing of their own. How refreshing!
I'll not only give this book to various youngsters on my holiday list, but several adults will find it in their stockings as well.
Grab an onion, a canteen of fresh water, put your shovel down and enjoy!
plot, and finished it within twenty-four hours. Although I realized that what I was reading was definitely `pleasure reading', I enjoyed piecing together the events in my mind and near the end of the book I was able to triumphantly say, "Ah-hah!" Even though most events fell together, I did not in the least appreciate the last chapter in which the author instructs the readers to `fill in the holes' on their own. It led me to believe that the author himself couldn't think of anything to tie events together and therefore, he simply thought of an eloquent way to tell us to use our imaginations. All things considered, Holes was an excellent book and I enjoyed it very much. Louis Sachar definitely made a contribution to children's literature in the writing of Holes and deserves the honors he received for it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book I am reviewing is Holes. What I liked about holes was it had many twist and turns, like when Stanley and Hector had many yellow spotted lizards on them but they did not... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Chika Azih
My Fourth Grader is doing Cereal Box book report on this. We love the movie and the book. Great for Boys and Girls. Great storyline and ending. Characters are awesome. Good read.Published 5 days ago by Lisa Carlo
Camp Green Lake is not a place you want to be. It's a camp for bad boys. Stanley Yelnats, who is fat and not popular, goes to Camp Green Lake for a crime he didn't commit--... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Lauren Mangold
During this book a stuffed animal gets lost and never gets found again it was so sad I cried tooPublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
My daughter found a sample of this book online and mentioned it to me. I surprised her with this and she can't put it down. Very similar to the moviePublished 22 days ago by Neewee23