#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER
Dig deep in this award-winning, modern classic that will remind readers that adventure is right around the corner--or just under your feet!
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.
It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.
"A smart jigsaw puzzle of a novel." —New York Times
*Includes a double bonus: an excerpt from Small Steps, the follow-up to Holes, as well as an excerpt from the New York Times bestseller Fuzzy Mud.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Holes is a YA novel that’s as fun to read as it is socially conscious. When Stanley Yelnats is remanded to a Texas camp for juvenile delinquents and charged with the Sisyphean task of digging holes in the scorching heat, he unearths remnants of a cruel, intolerant past. With each scoop of his shovel, Stanley sinks deeper into the mystery of the camp's true purpose. Tackling heady topics like incarceration, race, power, and justice, this 1999 Newbery Medal–winning story of destiny and redemption couldn’t feel more current today.
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.
I've read the book and saw the movie.A 5 star book and movie.
I think this book is amazing and I also think that a 5 yr old would LOVE this book!!! I'm 10 btw. I bet even a 2 year old could read this if he had just a little bit of help. Thanks for reading my review!!! 5 out of 5 star book.
I've read the book back in elementary school. Absolutely loved it. Great language and style and the story is fantastic. Definitely a book worth reading. I'm even planning on rereading it.