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Stanley Yelnats' Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake (Holes #1.5)

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  399 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Should you ever find yourself at Camp Green Lake, or somewhere similar, this is the guide for you. Stanley Yelnats (Caveman, to some of you) offers anecdotes and advice on everything from digging the perfect hole to identifying and avoiding the wildlife (scorpions, tarantulas, rattlesnakes, yellow-spotted lizards, Mr. Sir) to help make your stay a more pleasant one.
Library Binding, 90 pages
Published March 11th 2003 by Random House Children's Books (first published April 1st 2002)
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Josiah
Feb 24, 2015 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"You can't let anybody else tell you what your choices are. Sometimes they won't give you the right choice."

—Stanley Yelnats, Stanley Yelnats' Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake, P. 13

This book is a true diamond in the rough, and I'm genuinely sorry that more people won't end up reading it.
Never has the wit, timing, creativity and sensitive styling of Louis Sachar been better than in this miniature novel disguised as a survival guide. Louis Sachar melds so successfully into the personage of S
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Rachel Lightwood
This was pretty boring, and I have to say that I skim read most of it. It was nice to see a little more of the characters, but I didn't really enjoy it. The information in it is very repetitive, we here it all in Holes and I didn't think it added anything to the story. Waste of time, really.
Nickie
Jul 31, 2014 Nickie rated it really liked it
Super quick read. Sometime after the end of Holes, Camp Green Lake has reopened. Main character Stanley Yelnats would like to share some of his wisdom that he gained from his experiences in Holes. Now some of the "chapters" are about detail specific things from Holes such as the yellow spotted lizards. But what I really took from the book was certain life lessons that everyone should learn at some point. One of the morals of the story was that the correct choice is not always one given. If you o ...more
Blake
Feb 24, 2015 Blake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was fun to visit Camp Green Lake again. I started reading Small Steps, which is a loose sequel to Holes, and I didn't know if there was anything in this Survival Guide that had any bearing on Small Steps. There isn't. I think this book was published more in conjunction with the release of the movie.
Evan North
Sep 13, 2014 Evan North rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the proper follow-up to "Holes", and I'm very pleased to give this book a good review. If you've read my review for "Small Steps", the second sequel to "Holes", you know I thought it was a good book, but I didn't care for it all that much because of how drastically the tone changed between the books. This book, however, while the tone has changed from "Holes", the change is not nearly as drastic as it is in "Small Steps". I should mention that this book is just 90 pages long and can be r ...more
Amk Aung Zaw
Jun 05, 2015 Amk Aung Zaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stanley yelnat is from poor family. He found the hidden treasure one day and make a rich family.
Jeanna
Mar 19, 2011 Jeanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-books
Hearing about this book, I would have expected it to be fairly pathetic (sorry, Sachar). But then I read a couple reviews that said it was actually quite good, so I decided to read it anyway. And then I read it and ended up thinking it was somewhere in between. Not amazing, but not the awful piece of shameless coasting-on-the-awesomeness-of-the-previous-book book that I originally expected.

I think, really, the highlight of the book is something that Sachar does really well in most of his stuff:
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Dana Salman
The ONLY reason I give this book four stars instead of five was because it was that much of a disappointment (a HUGE disappointment, in other words) that it was just so short. I really hate Louis Sachar right now for not making this a little bit longer (especially considering I paid a totally unfair 41 dirhems for it, but that's just the fault of the cheapskates who own the bookshop). You know it's funny, you'll hate a really good author alot more than you'll hate a totally lousy author because ...more
Drew Graham
Jun 16, 2015 Drew Graham rated it it was ok
Shelves: me
(Maybe 2.5)

Stanley Yelnats, now home from his adventures at Camp Green Lake Juvenile Correctional Facility, has decided to write a survival guide to help future campers to better endure their time spent there (since it has apparently re-opened?...).

I have no idea why exactly, but for some reason every time I heard about this book in recent years I figured it was a movie tie-in/adaptation from back in the day, so I didn't have much interest. Then when I read the excerpt included at the end of the
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Devon
Feb 05, 2009 Devon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Not as good as Holes, of course, but it's pretty damn good. The Survival Guide is very short. I read it in about a half hour. But...my copy was only $5. So it's totally worth it. In fact, I already own it...but I can't find it so I bought it again today. I have this thing with nostalgia. Anyway...So, yeah. It's wonderful. At the end there is back story on each and every character we've come to know and love throughout the Holes extravaganza. There are cute little quizzes throughout and lots of l ...more
Amber the Human
Well, if you just read Holes and you really don't want to leave that world, but you're not yet ready to read the sequel (sort of sequel), this is the book for you. If you haven't read Holes, then this book will make no sense at all to you. If it's been a couple of years since you read Holes (like me) this book will still confuse you, because it focuses on a lot of details you may not remember.
Kimberly
Jan 01, 2016 Kimberly rated it it was ok
A very quick read that should only be read if you've read Holes. This book has a few new stories about the characters from Holes but is mostly a fun little extra to that book. I think children reading this series would enjoy this book, I give it 2 1/2 stars for me.
Agape
Feb 21, 2015 Agape rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You know who you really are. When you’re alone at night, looking up at the stars, or maybe lying in your bed in total darkness, you know that nameless person inside you."
Kasi
May 12, 2015 Kasi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.75 It was good, and funny but ultimately pretty pointless. (Why was this made? Prequel of sorts???).
Nana
Mar 10, 2016 Nana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
A sort of companion to the best-seller "Holes" by the same author.
Evelyn Harvill
Very amusing followup to Holes.
Elaine
Dec 11, 2008 Elaine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What the... Shows what elementary school librarians know about my preferences. *shrug* I mean, I read encyclopedias, but this isn't even real. (Before I start accidentally elbowing Louis Sachar out of the business, let me just state that I think things are either fiction or not-fiction, and anything that assumes to the contrary - "nonfiction" books about psi-phenomenae, perhaps, or encyclopedias of false worlds - is in for criticism. The author's fine. I have a grudge against the format, is all. ...more
Drey
Mar 09, 2016 Drey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holes
its great
Maria
Apr 15, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good
April
Dec 25, 2010 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SOOOOOOOOO FUNNY! I loved Holes, and when I found this I couldn't stop smiling. I loved the part about the tent doors. For a second I thought" THERE ARE NO DOORS ON A TENT!" But then I started to understand the concept that they didn't tell on anyone that did something that wasn't exactly kind.
woody
Jan 14, 2011 woody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you ever find yourself at Camp Green Lake, this is the book for you. Kind of entertaining look back at holes. Kids liked it, it was alright, pretty short book.
Lluvia Almanza
Louis Sachar is one of my favorite authors and this short story is a fun little read. I give it three stars because this is more for fun rather than a meaningful story.
Jessica
Frankly, I remember more from this book than from Holes itself! Very fun read describing life "behind-the-scenes" at Camp Green Lake.
Laura
Apr 17, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This book was pretty interesting. I enjoyed reading it. I think fans of Holes will appreciate it, but it's not a stand alone.
Sara
Jul 17, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: survival, funny
I read a combined version of this and the first book, so I will always count it as part of the first book.
Michael
Aug 12, 2007 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
Shameless cash-in on the movie that came out in 2003. Ah well.
Winnie
Sep 15, 2008 Winnie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
never read it,but i read holes,which is really great
Ermira
Apr 21, 2013 Ermira rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read Holes first. This is just a side-book for that.
Jasper Elsley
Apr 03, 2013 Jasper Elsley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From Jasper: "Almost as good as Holes, but too short!"
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Louis Sachar (pronounced Sacker), born March 20, 1954, is an American author of children's books.

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“But don't forget who you really are. And I'm not talking about your so-called real name. All names are made up by someone else, even the one your parents gave you. You know who you really are. When you're alone at night, looking up at the stars, or maybe lying in your bed in total darkness, you know that nameless person inside you...Your muscles will toughen. So will your heart and soul. That's necessary for survival. But don't lose touch with that person deep inside you, or else you won't really have survived at all.” 65 likes
“You can't let anybody else tell you what your choices are. Sometimes they won't give you the right choice.” 25 likes
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