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1998 novel by Louis Sachar

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  • Jun 30, 2010
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review by . June 28, 2010
Holes, by Louis Sachar, is an extremely satisfying read – and, unless I’m in charge of handing out the John Newberry Medal for “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children,” (and for the record, I’m not), I’m certainly not the only person to think so.      For those who haven’t read the work or seen its movie adaptation, Holes follows the story of a poor and overweight boy named Stanley Yelnats who lacks confidence, …
review by . March 02, 2008
Very well done "kids" book, although certainly not beneath the level of any good novel.    Ending seemed a bit abrupt, but overall good action, dialog, humor, story, pacing. Might even make a good movie (Holes (Widescreen Edition)
review by . July 13, 2010
I'm having one of my sixth grade students read (and then watch) Holes as a summer project. I think it's a great book, especially for students in the middle grades. There are valuable lessons about friendship, perseverance, honesty, integrity, and the impact of racism to be found in Holes. Though the delivery of these messages may be a bit too heavy-handed for adult readers, it is perfect for young readers just setting sail into the waters of literature.     
review by . July 05, 2010
I first read this book as a requirement for a class I was taking in college.  However, little did I know it would become my favorite book.      As a child, I read Sachar’s “Sideway Stories from Wayside School.” It was one of my favorites and as an adult I read “Holes” and was blown away.  I did not even realize it was the same author I loved as a child.  It a great example of a modern day fairytale with important lessons for life for …
review by . July 12, 2010
When I was in 5th grade in elementary school, this book was new and our librarian read it to us.  I couldn't wait until our once a week library class so I could hear what would happen next.  It's the story of a boy from an unlucky family who must dig holes at a camp as retribution for a crime he didn't do.  The desert where they're digging has a history of its own.  At the camp he meets friends and learns a lot about the importance of family and friendship.  …
review by . July 03, 2010
This book is such a wonderful family reading book.  It has a lot about friendship and family in the story.  It teaches you that although life can throw you some lemons karma comes back at you.  The book has a lot of great characters and each one has a lesson that teach us like stanley helping zero to read or zero taking the truck but in the end the bad guys got caught for running the camp so horrbily and the suitcase was full of bonds that stanley shared with zero so he could find …
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
Fantastically multi-threaded young-adult fiction. Gotta love the foreshadowing and the tight, multilayered essence of this narrative.
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
This is so artfully constructed and fun. I love how Sachar weaves together multiple story lines to create a fun adventure.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
A great book for all ages of people. Tells a great story of family ties and integrity. Very funny and heartwarming.
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
This was a really good read. It was one of my requirements in middle school to read it,and i'm glad i did.
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Holes (novel)

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.


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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....

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ISBN-13: 978-0-440-41480-3
Author: Louis Sachar
Genre: YA
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

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