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Holes (Paperback)

Author:  Louis Sachar
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 044022859X
ISBN-13: 9780440228592
Sku: 30748463
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 6.75H x 4L x 0.75T
Pages:  256
Age Range:  13 to 16
 
There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. (from the first line)
Stanley's curse began with his no-good great-great-grandfather. Now he's been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center where the warden makes the boys "build character" by digging holes. Stanley realizes the boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? A Newbery Award winner.
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Stanley Yelnats is sent away to a boys' detention center where the warden instructs the boys to "build character" by digging holes everyday, but it doesn't take long for Stanley to figure out that the warden is up to something, and he decides to figure out what it is. Newbery Medal Winner. Teacher's Guide available. Reissue.
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Following a miscarriage of justice, the ever-unlucky Stanley Yelnats is sentenced to imprisonment at a boys' juvenile detention center known as Camp Green Lake. There's just one thing about Camp Green Lake--there's no lake, just a dried-up lake bed in which, every day, each boy must dig a hole five feet deep and five feet across. The sadistic warden claims that digging the holes helps the boys build character, but that's nothing more than a lie--and it's up to Stanley and his fellow prisoners to dig up the truth about why the warden really wants them to perform this task. Recipient of the 1999 Newbery Medal.
Author Bio
Louis Sachar
Best known for the critically acclaimed HOLES, Louis Sachar was a lawyer before devoting himself to writing children's books full-time. Though he was born in New York, most of his childhood was spent in California, where he attended the University of California at Berkeley after a brief stint at Antioch ended by his father's death. His experiences working as a teacher's aide at a local elementary school inspired the popular Wayside School series. A bridge enthusiast, Sachar lives with his wife, Carla, in Austin, Texas.

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Kirkus Reviews
"...[a] rugged, engrossing adventure." 06/15/1998

Publishers Weekly
This wry and loopy novel about a camp for juvenile delinquents in a dry Texas desert (once the largest lake in the state) by the author of There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom and the Wayside School series has some serious undercurrents. Stanley Yelnats (appropriately enough for a story about reversals, the protagonist's name is a palindrome) gets sent to Camp Green Lake to do penance, "a camp for bad boys." Never mind that Stanley didn't commit the crime he has been convicted of he blames his bad luck on his "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather." He digs five-foot-deep holes with all the other "bad" boys under the baleful direction of the Warden, perhaps the most terrifying female since Big Nurse. Just when it seems as though this is going to be a weird YA cross between One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and Cool Hand Luke, the story takes off along with Stanley, who flees camp after his buddy Zero in a wholly unexpected direction to become a dazzling blend of social commentary, tall tale and magic realism. Readers (especially boys) will likely delight in the larger-than-life (truly Texas-style) manner in which Sachar fills in all the holes, as he ties together seemingly disparate story threads to dispel ghosts from the past and give everyone their just deserts. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) 7/27/98

School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Stanley Yelnats IV has been wrongly accused of stealing a famous baseball player's valued sneakers and is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention home where the boys dig holes, five feet deep by five feet across, in the miserable Texas heat. It's just one more piece of bad luck that's befallen Stanley's family for generations as a result of the infamous curse of Madame Zeroni. Overweight Stanley, his hands bloodied from digging, figures that at the end of his sentence, he'll "...either be in great physical condition or else dead." Overcome by the useless work and his own feelings of futility, fellow inmate Zero runs away into the arid, desolate surroundings and Stanley, acting on impulse, embarks on a risky mission to save him. He unwittingly lays Madame Zeroni's curse to rest, finds buried treasure, survives yellow-spotted lizards, and gains wisdom and inner strength from the quirky turns of fate. In the almost mystical progress of their ascent of the rock edifice known as "Big Thumb," they discover their own invaluable worth and unwavering friendship. Each of the boys is painted as a distinct individual through Sachar's deftly chosen words. The author's ability to knit Stanley and Zero's compelling story in and out of a history of intriguing ancestors is captivating. Stanley's wit, integrity, faith, and wistful innocence will charm readers. A multitude of colorful characters coupled with the skillful braiding of ethnic folklore, American legend, and contemporary issues is a brilliant achievement. There is no question, kids will love Holes.-Alison Follos, North Country School, Lake Placid, NY 9/1/98

New York Times Book Review
"...a smart jigsaw puzzle of a novel that middle-grade readers will want to solve on their own....Tough, truehearted and ultimately tender, 'Holes' is also a member of that endangered species, the family read aloud." - Betsy Hearne 11/15/1998

Product Attributes
Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
Product attributeMinimum Age:   09
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0256
Product attributePublisher:   Laurel Leaf Library
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