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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  961,888 ratings  ·  20,360 reviews
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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 d
Paperback, 233 pages
Published March 11th 2003 by Yearling Books (first published August 20th 1998)
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Dorry Pease I personally think that the characters Sacher brings into the story are a telling reason why it IS so interesting. Sacher has the ability in most of h…moreI personally think that the characters Sacher brings into the story are a telling reason why it IS so interesting. Sacher has the ability in most of his stories [and there are a lot of them around different characters, humorous and serious] to use a common thread. In the case of HOLES, there are two threads. One thread is the main character, Stanley, and the other thread is the HOLE itself. With these two threads, Sacher, tells us Stanley's life and his discovery of what "truth' really means.
Of course, these are just my thoughts. Dorry C Pease(less)

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I am very sad that I never read this as a young person, because I think that I would have loved it even more than I do now. I think that it probably would have blown my mind. I have to applaud Louis Sachar for being so courageous in a children’s novel.

Effortlessly weaving together the past, present, and ancient history of these characters, Mr. Sachar examines the impact of our history and the nature of hope and human compassion, all while maintaining a light, humorous quality. This is a book for
Ahmad Sharabiani
Holes, Louis Sachar
Holes is a 1998 young adult mystery comedy novel written by Louis Sachar and first published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It won the 1998 U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the 1999 Newbery Medal for the year's "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children". In 2012 it was ranked number 6 among all-time children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal.

عنوانها: آخرین گودال؛ راز گودالهای دریاچه سبز؛ گودالها؛ نویسن
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so much fun! I used to take clippings from magazines with book reviews, found an old clipping about this book cleaning up the house recently and thought... mmm... let's read this one. Timing was impeccable. I went through an explosive challenging period of really hard work and high pressure in the office and this book made me look forward to reading if only a few pages when coming home. A quirky funny story about a boy called Stanley who is sent to 'Green Camp Lake', a boy's detenti ...more
Aug 09, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, reviewed
Funny story: I'm trying to shelve this book, and can't remember if it had been banned (but I thought it had - google confirmed). At the same time, my friend Allison and I are chatting on Google Chat, and she starts ranting about how ridiculous book banning is (an opinion with which I agree wholeheartedly). Anyway, the conversation went like this:

me: Is Holes a banned book? I can't remember
allison: dunno... the whole concept of banned books is stupid. I mean, you could find a reason to gripe abo
Cristina Monica
Love the story of the curse.
Kayla Dawn
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
This will forever be a childhood favorite
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew of a friend who lost everything when her father started digging holes. You see, her dad was a treasure hunter. And to be a treasure hunter, you are supposed to be well equipped and with good manpower. You must also be in possession of a reliable map and a lot of time. You also need a lot of money to be able to acquire all the above things. Unfortunately, my friend's father only acquired a fake map, swindlers for company and equipment worth nothing when you're digging the wrong hole. Littl ...more
I'm not sure exactly when it happened, but it seems I'm no longer absolutely cool in my daughter's eyes. I could understand if her particular issues with me were current fashion or "the" things to do while hanging out with friends, but books? BOOKS?!? Oh, the pain!

I don't say anything about the girly girl preteen drivel she loves to read (after all, I occasionally read girly girl grownup drivel) and I recommend a wide range of books (while keeping in mind she doesn't have the same penchant for s
One of the best books ever. Gets better every time, too!

Read it aloud to my kids aged 7, 10, & 14, & they couldn't get enough!
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There is no lake at Camp Green Lake."

Quick backstory: this is one of my thirteen year old brother's favourite books. He was the one who recommended it to me. And I'm glad he did, because this book is one heck of a gripping, entertaining and intelligent story. This is the book all the cool kids in middle school were reading with their popped collars, Livestrong bands and wannabe-Justin-Bieber hairstyles. This book is just on this whole new level of awesomeness. and, keep in mind that I say t
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoughtful and studious read. I can't say anything bad about the book since every chapter made perfect sense. It just didn't bring out any emotion in me. Also, I found myself a bit bored throughout the flashbacks. Mostly, I think the biggest problem is that I'm too old for this book, even though I know it sounds a little pretentious.

Stanley's family was cursed by a gypsy because of his great great great Pig-stealing-Grandpa. His dad tries to make a formula to get rid of the smell of old worn-ou
Brigid ✩
Holes is one of my favorite books of all time. The whole thing is just so clever. The writing style is simple, but not boring. Every character is amazingly developed and believable. I like how the story of the present and the story of the past connect to each other perfectly in the end. And the movie version is really good, too! I highly suggest this book to everyone.
May 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was picking up some books at the resale shop and for some reason found myself browsing in the children’s books. It seemed like the usual fare at first, some Dr. Seuss, a mangy copy of a Clifford book, a few ratty Choose Your Own Adventure paperbacks, Hugh Hefner’s autobiography, some smut called “The Very Virile Viking”, and “Pimp” by Iceberg Slim. Tucked amongst all this tawdry trash was something called “Holes”, which seemed to make sense sandwiched between “Pimp” and Hef’s life saga.

I soon
Mary Taitt
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Mary by: Erwin
Shelves: young-adult
Holes, by Louis Sachar, 5/5. It was really good; I loved it. It's a young adult novel from which a movie was made. I have not seen the movie, but I hope to. The book is a Newberry Award Winner.

Stanley Yelnats is falsely accused of stealing a pair of sneakers and set to Camp Green Lake, for criminal boys. To build character, the boys get up at 4:30 every morning and dig holes--big holes. If they find anything unusual, they are supposed to report it. But the warden isn't looking for fossils or pre
Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this author did an especially clever job on the way he set up the story. He flipped back-and-forth between generations, never getting confusing, never giving information too soon, never giving information too late. This was very fun to read.
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The kids ended up loving this story. After seeing the movie, we were all late getting to this one. Full review to follow.
HP Saucerer
This was heading for the full five stars right up until the ending, which for me, just felt rushed and anti-climactic. It was as if the author simply ran out of steam and wanted to quickly wrap everything up, which is a great shame, because up until then the book had been pretty much perfect.

Sachar gets so much right here. The writing is top-drawer: the intersecting stories and flashback tales about Stanley's family history are woven through the plot quite brilliantly, creating an entirely comp
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“There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.”

a review of this book is up on my channel! :)

I absolutely adored this book! I don't remember when I had so much fun reading a children's book, even though I read so many of them! This was one of those fast-paced stories that you just can't put down until you are done with them. Stanley is such a lovely main character, and it's so easy to empathize with him! Not to mention there is a Latvian character ahah xD Loved it
Shoa Khan
"If only, if only," the woodpecker sighs,
"The bark on the tree was as soft as the skies."
While the wolf waits below, hungry and lonely,
Crying to the moo-oo-oon,
"If only, If only.”

OH. MY. GOD! 5 FREAKING STARS are simply not enough to do justice to this little gem of a book!
My first fulll-length read of 2016, and I couldn't have asked for a better book! And I just happened to pick it up by chance. It so happened that I was looking for an audiobook for my daily commute, and that bumped this de
Everybody knows who this man is, right?

I mean, I'm looking over the reviews for this book on the front page and I can find no mention. There's not a whisper of the author's previous successes. I'm absolutely flabbergasted that the word "Wayside" is not coming up in any of my "control+F" searches. Absolutely nothing.

"Sideways Stories from Wayside School"?! Really?! The absolute greatest story about an elementary school ever told? The one built sideways accidentally, with no 13th floor? Mrs. Gorf?
Luisa Knight
If you're looking for something that's wacky-crazy and has a cleverly twisted plot, this one's for you. Who thought reading about digging holes in the scorching heat could be so entertaining!

Ages 10+


Children's Bad Words
Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 7 Incidents: duh, golly, stupid, stupidity, h*ll
Name Calling - 16 Incidents: No-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather (an affectionate/teasing nickname), Barf Bag (a boy's nickname), stupid, The Devil Woman
Religious Pr
Anna Aguirre
Apr 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love, love, love! Kids love it, too. A great novel about inner strength and persistence.
Holes is the first installment in Louis Sachar's middle grade/young adult series titled: Holes. Again, I'm so happy to say I've found joy in reading along with my 5th grade son. This academic year has been full of fun required reading and that makes me so happy for him. It's hard to be excited about required reading but it helps so much when the content is entertaining.

I watched the film adaptation of Holes prior to reading the book, but I'm happy to say the two are almost exactly the same. Wel
Nov 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015

Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved how the multiple storylines in this book tied together so nicely! Now onions are going to give me a different reason to cry...
What a funny, adventurous story. I didn't know the movie was made from a book, so imagine my surprise to find this book at a local second hand book swap. I loved the book, it reminded me of the goonies book. Very easy read and enjoyable.

This book is in the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up challenge I am doing.
I have been wanting to read this book for years, but I never seemed to get around to it! Well, this year I made a pact with myself to read more of the stories I want to read, so this book made it to the top of my TBR list finally!

OMG! I loved this story! I wish I hadn't waited so long!

Stanley Yelnats believes he lives under a curse that finally ran him afoul with the law. He's innocent of the petty crime he is convicted of, but there is no sense arguing with the curse. So, he gets sentenced to
sophie.connects.the.dots (on hiatus)
Zero wasn't worried. "When you spend your whole life living in a hole," he said, "the only way you can go is up."

Holes is so brilliant and so original! Literally no other book in the universe is quite like it.

And we can all take a brief moment and appreciate how the movie is one of the best adaptations of this story ever. Like, nearly everything is parallel with the book to the movie. For once, it actually feels like you can watch the book instead of the movie adaptation, you know what I mean?

Leah Jay
I was so touched by this book.

All the characters were amazing!
The plot kept me on my toes!
The writing was superb!

This one is definitely going in my list of books everyone should read.

That means you need to read it, too!
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
“It was all because of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather!”

I can't believe I didn't read this when I was younger! Thankfully, I finally picked it up and gave it a shot.

Holes is about Stanley, an overweight young boy who after accidentally stealing a shoe (yes, accidently!) goes to trial for theft. He is then forced by the judge to pick between jail time or go to Camp Green Lake. Stanley, of course, chooses the camp option thinking it will be fun and games
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Louis Sachar (pronounced Sacker), born March 20, 1954, is an American author of children's books.

Louis was born in East Meadow, New York, in 1954. When he was nine, he moved to Tustin, California. He went to college at the University of California at Berkeley and graduated in 1976, as an economics major. The next year, he wrote his first book, Sideways Stories from Wayside School .

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“If only, if only," the woodpecker sighs,
"The bark on the tree was as soft as the skies."
While the wolf waits below, hungry and lonely,
Crying to the moo-oo-oon,
"If only, If only.”
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