HOLES is the story about Stanley Yelnats IV. Stanley's family is not very wealthy and Stanley's father is an inventor who works with old sneakers. Stanley is convicted of stealing a pair of shoes worn by a famous baseball player that were going to be auctioned off for a children's home. Stanley is sentenced to work at Camp Green Lake, a place that is neither a camp, green, nor a lake. Every day the "campers" have to dig a five foot by five foot by five foot hole. While at Camp Green Lake, Stanley befriends another boy, Hector Zeroni. The boys' lives quickly become intwined as events of the story unfold.
HOLES is an exciting book and rather well written. Much of the story reminded me of the movie COOL HAND LUKE and Stanley is in many ways just like Cool Hand Luke. However, the story is also greatly different from that wonderful movie, especially how HOLES constantly weaves together two seemingly different stories from two different time periods; an element that made me enjoy the story that much more.
Overall, an intriguing book filled with twists and turns that children love and that adults will enjoy, too.
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Holes (1998) is a Newbery Medal-winning novel by Louis Sachar. It was adapted into a screenplay for the 2003 film by Walt Disney Pictures which was a critical and commercial success, and starred Shia LeBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette, and Tim Blake Nelson. In 2006, Sachar published Small Steps, a companion novel which is about one of the characters from Holes, Armpit.
The story of Stanley Yelnats and Camp Green Lake started about one hundred years ago. Back in Latvia, Elya Yelnats, the great-great-grandfather of Stanley, fell in love with an empty headed girl. Her father announced that on this girl's birthday, whoever shows up with the largest pig will have his daughter. Elya did not own any pigs; discouraged, he went to Madame Zeroni, an old woman with many words of advice. She gave Elya a piglet, and told him that every day, he was to take the piglet up the mountain on the edge of town, and let it have a drink of water from the stream on it, while singing it a special melody that she taught him. The pig will grow every day, and Elya would grow stronger every day, allowing him to carry a full-grown pig up the mountain. On the day the pigs were to be judged, he was to carry the pig up the mountain one last time; his pig would be the biggest one that would be at the girl’s house....