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(Holes #1)

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Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption. Ages 10+

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 Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, w
Paperback, 233 pages
Published September 2nd 2000 by Scholastic (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…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.
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Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Shayantani Das
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
No wonder this book has got a Newberry Award. Its 200 something pages of pure awesomeness! By beautifully executing such an ingenious concept, Louis Sachar has made me his fan.

Stanley Yelnats is an over sized preteen who is falsely accused of stealing. He is provided with the option to choose between jail and camp green lake. Stanley is not well of, and has never been to camp, so his choice is obvious. Unfortunately though, Camp green lake is not the usual camp. He gets his fair share of adventu
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؛ نویسنده: لوئیس ساکر؛ راز گودالهای دریاچ
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Love the story of the curse.
Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mary Taitt
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
May 22, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
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.
Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
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 o
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 dese
Aug 11, 2009 added it
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?
Anna Aguirre
Apr 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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...
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 and at l
Muhammad Galal
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
خلاصة القصّة : المال الحلال أبدًا لا يضيع !
-- أحيانًا تسوقُك الأقدار لمعاناة تكون سببًا في خلاصك من ذنوبك و سعادتك فيما بعد ،
فاصبر و لا تجزع و دع قطار الحياة يسير بكَ إلى منتهاه .
-- و تخلّص " ستانلي " من إثم جدّ جدّه و كتب بيده نهاية لعنة استمرّت أكثر من مائة عام ، و سينتهون قريبًا من كيل السبُاب لجدّ جدّه السيء القذر المقزّز سارق الخنزير ...!
-- بالرغم أنّ تصنيف القصّة أدب أمريكي للأطفال ، إلّا إنّها أعجبتني جدًا ووجدتها أفضل بكثير من الأدب المكتوب للكبار.
-- " ساشار " تنقّل بخفّة يُحسَد عليْها ب
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This book really surprised me and surpassed all of my expectations for it. I loved the characters and thought the story itself was clever and nicely laid out. I never got the feeling that the author was talking down to his audience because this is a young adult novel, which is a big pet peeve of mine. Stanley and Zero were a great pair, though Zero was my favorite, and I was kept in constant suspense waiting for the next bad shoe to drop.
Mary JL
Nov 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone age 11 on up
Recommended to Mary JL by: Several recommendations on GR
I know this book won the Newberry Medal--and other awards. But I must review my books for me--I rate it a very good, strong 3 stars but no higher. Defintely worth reading for anyone, however. I also freely admit--had I read this at age 12, I WOULD have rated it four stars.

First, tops marks to the author for interlinking two stories--Stanley's incarceration at Camp Green Lake and the earlier tale of Kate Barlow. The matching and interweaving of the two plot lines is well done.

I would have liked a
Liza Fireman
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow. 5 stars. A curse, and a great-great grandfather that stole a pig and broke a promise to Madame Zeroni, a one-legged Gypsy, a kind person that tried to help him, and ended up putting a curse on him and all his descendants.

Stanley Yelnats is in trouble, he stole a pair of shoes (or didn't steal them, but was accused of doing so). And was sent to detention center, Camp Green Lake, where he needs to dig a hole every day. A hole that is 5 feet deep, wide and long. And for a bit over weig
Sara Kamjou
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, drama
ترکیبی جذاب از داستانهایی که به صورت موازی روایت میشوند و به تصویر کشیدن یک نسبیت جالب از زندگی آدمها. گودالها را دوست داشتم و یک نفس خواندمش. با اینکه لوییس سکر داستانی به ظاهر ساده را روایت میکند، احساس خستگی یا پیش پا افتاده بودن به آدم دست نمیدهد. ای کاش میشد بهش ۴.۵ بدهم! خواندنش خیلی لذتبخش بود.
بخشهای ماندگار کتاب:
منظورم این نیست که کار راحتیه. هیچ کاری تو زندگی راحت نیست. اما این دلیل نمیشه که ناامید بشیم. اگر با جون و دل یه کاری رو بکنی از پیشرفت خودت
Alissa Patrick
This book was so great. I am a sucker for books about friendship, especially when it's about childhood or adolescent friendship. The interactions between Stanley and Zero are amazing, and I felt as though I was right there with them. Two boys who can't trust anyone who have to learn to trust one another.

On a surface, this does seem like a silly middle-school age type of book. Overweight, unpopular Stanley gets accused of a crime he didn't commit. The judge tells him he has two choices- go to jai
Nov 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015

Sharon Mariampillai
This was a fantastic read. The story was fun, interesting and engaging. I really enjoyed re-reading this book. I got to rediscover the reasons why I love the book and I got to pick up on the things that I missed. The characters were amazing. My favourite is Zero. I just thought he was the loving one. I also really loved the friendship between the members of the D tent and their nicknames. The ending was amazing. I can't wait to read Small Steps to see how life after being released is for X-Ray a ...more
Jan 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really, really entertaining, and a lot better than I expected it to be. The characters' histories and the way the past intersects with the future is wonderfully done (I know that's vague, but I can't go into more detail without giving away crucial plot points), plus the characters are great. Who wouldn't love an illiterate (but really smart) kid called Zero and a warden who adds rattlesnake venom to her nail polish?
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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 my first book, Sideways Stories from Wayside School .

He was working a

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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.”
“It was all because of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather!” 145 likes
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