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Holes by Louis Sachar
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Sep 14, 2012

it was amazing

This is an amazing book. It is about a boy called Stanley Yelnats who has to start attending camp as punishment after being wrongly accused of stealing. Stanley does not come from a well-off household and expects camp to be a new experience but it turns out to be a place where young prisoners have to literally dig up dirt with a shovel which the camp workers claim builds character while teaching them a lesson.

However, there is more than meets the eye. The book also tells the reader an old story about Stanley's ancestor who is blamed for the curse that is believed to be put on the family. What the reader comes to realise is that the story of Stanley's ancestor and his current situation are brilliantly linked later on in the story by Sachar while also incorporating a third story about a woman named Kissing Kate Barlow; together this creates an excellent ending to the book.

This book really is a goodread, I believe children who read and understand this book would be likely to remember it and read it again in the future. I highly recommend this book. It is best if this book is read to a class, this is so children can discuss the plot of the story and help one another get a better understanding of of it as the book may require recall of earlier chapters. This book is suitable for children aged between 9-15 years, maybe older depending on children's interests.
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