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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 Yelnats. 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 ...more
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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 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)
Liz IMO the movie is an excellent book adaptation because they stay very close to the book. They kept the plot and characters the same, sometimes even usi…moreIMO the movie is an excellent book adaptation because they stay very close to the book. They kept the plot and characters the same, sometimes even using direct quotes from the book.
I think the benefit to reading in addition to reading is that you get more of the character's inner thoughts and monologues. Stanley particularly is a little bit different reading from his perspective. Just watching the movie you also miss out on a lot of Sachar's style and cleverness. If you liked to movie, the book is a great next step.(less)
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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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Holes (Holes, #1), Louis Sachar

Holes is a 1998 young adult mystery comedy novel written by Louis Sachar and first published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Stanley Yelnats IV is a 14-year-old boy from a hard-working but poor family. Stanley's latest stroke of misfortune occurs when he is wrongfully convicted of stealing a pair of athletic shoes that belonged to the famous baseball player Clyde "Sweet Feet" Livingston, who donated the shoes for a charity auction.

He is sent to Camp Green Lake, a j
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
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I'm doing this project where I reread books I enjoyed when I was younger. I've read and reread HOLES several times over the course of my life and every time I enjoyed it in a different way. It's such a compelling story and I think one of the best things about it is how everything ties into everything else and it all comes full circle.

Stanley Yelnats, whose first name is his last name backwards, is sent to "Camp Green Lake" when he has th
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
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
Brigid ✩
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
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. I think the biggest problem is that I'm too old for this book, 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-out sneakers. U
Mary Taitt
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
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.
Pine tree leaf stick
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Does this deserve 5 stars?
Perhaps not.
Do I care?

Based on my rating system, which is unknown to anyone but me, I should rate this book 4 stars.
But we don't do that here.
12 year old me said this book is perfection, so present me is now biased.

So basically.
I pulled this off the shelf during school and started reading it because I was bored. And turns out that was the only good decision I've made all week.

This was the first book I read that actually left me shook. 12 year old me thought it was th
Jul 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2022-shelf, ya
Here’s a cute little YA for you who love a little hard-luck, friendship-building, revenge stories.

I’m surprised I hadn’t read this before. I had heard about it. But here I am, a little late than never.

It’s worth the hype. Solid. I love to hate those guys. Getting away was the best part. :)
¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪
“There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.”

a review of this book is up on my channel! :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhq60...

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
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
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
Nov 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015

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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
Briar's Reviews
Many moons ago in my youth, the movie adaption of this book was a staple in my elementary school. Shockingly, we were never forced to read the novel, but lucky for me as an adult I finally found the book and decided to pick it up.

This book is so fun and would have been an excellent classic read back in my school days. Regardless, this book is still fun as an adult. Middle graders can enjoy the fun, learn a few lessons, and try to patch together the mystery behind the story as they read along.

I w
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?
Jul 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, this was full of VERY dark humour - and I was so here for it!

Meet Stanley. He has been wrongly accused of stealing some sneakers that were meant for an auction to benefit the homeless. When given the choice between prison and a detention center, he chooses the latter, thus ending up at Camp Green Lake.
Though there is neither a lake nor anything green there. It's hot and dry and full of holes that the boys have to dig. Weirdly, the holes have to be exactly 5 feet wide and 5 feet deep. Supp
Paperback Mo
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book.
Mentioned in my Middle Grade/YA recommendation video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nHau...
Well written with lots of comedic value throughout. I thought the author was very clever in combining the present and the past. The story progresses well and didn't drag the plot line was easy to follow and I liked the ending
Anthony Scott
Aug 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Captivating. This is a classic of course but I realized it was built off of a basic concept of a book. & I'm inspired at how much it succeeded.
Good book with a solid plot!
Louie Matos The Mustache
Jun 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, read-2021
Holes by Louis Sachar is a Scholastic children’s book suited more for middle schoolers than adults, but nonetheless still an enjoyable read, regardless of age. Because the text seemed familiar, I may have read portions of this book to some of my classes, years ago, although I did not recall the ending. The plot revolves around a young adolescent who may or may not have committed a crime, who is tried, and sentenced to serve time at a camp that supposedly “builds character.” Character building os ...more
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.
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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."
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