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Holes by Louis Sachar
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Mar 26, 09

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Read in March, 2009

A boy being punished for a crime he didn't commit learns there's more going on at a juvenile correctional facility than meets the eye. Stanley Yelnats IV is a teenager who has been told all his life that the men in the Yelnats family are cursed, thanks to a false promise his great, great grandfather made to a fortune teller. Given his frequent bad luck, and that which follows his father, Stanley has no trouble believing this. Stanley's bad luck hits a new low when a pair of sneakers literally falls out of the sky on him — and turn out to be stolen. A judge sentences Stanley to a stay at Camp Green Lake, a juvenile correctional facility stuck in the middle of the desert, where he finds himself sharing a tent with a gang of misfits, including ringleader X-Ray, pushy Squid, small but wiry Zero, tough and stinky Armpit, paranoid ZigZag, and thief-in-training Magnet. The Warden of Camp Green Lake has her own ideas about rehabilitation, which consist of having the boys spend their days digging holes five feet deep under the desert sun. While well-mannered counselor Pendanski tries to help the boys however he can, Mr. Sir, The Warden's right hand man, is a heartless creep who enjoys making Stanley and his friends suffer. Before long, Stanley wonders if there's a good reason why the Warden seems so curious about what (if anything) the boys find during their digging. The warden claims that the digging is character building, but Stanley suspects there's something they haven't been told.

This book connects to the movie, Holes (obviously) as well as the Holes sequel (also obviously). It also connects to nearly every writing genre out there today. It has aspects of mystery, comedy, horror (very mildly), fantasy, western, fiction, bits of nonfiction, and many many more. The author used many techniques to make the story more connectible, such as adding questions in the back if someone wanted to have reading conferences about it.

I gave this book four stars because I really liked it. I want to read the sequel. The author just wrote this book beautifully. Every aspect of the book was really good, the only tiny little thing I didn't like about it was that I got the characters confused at times. I would recommend this book to basically everyone. I feel because the author added so many different aspects, all sorts of readers will like this book.
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