Author: Louis Sachar
Release Date: September 2000
Length: 233 pages
Series?: Holes #1
Genre: YA, Middle Grades
Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.
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 warden makes the boys “build character” by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.
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My kids have come up with so many predictions as we read through the book. Some of them were pretty wild (but still valid) and some were pretty great connections based on things we knew.
- Stanley’s dad played a part in his crime (as in he was to blame for it).
- How was Stanley’s GG Grandfather wasn’t killed by Kissin’ Kate??
- Mr. Sir has something to do with the yellow-spotted lizards. He trains them or can call them or keeps them as pets somehow with his sunflower seeds.
- Zero is a spy for the Warden, which is why he doesn’t talk.
- Zero is the Warden’s son, which is why nothing is known about him and he doesn’t have an education. He’s grown up at Camp Green Lake as a nobody.
- There is no Warden. Stanley hasn’t seen him at all.
- The Warden is Madame Zeroni.
- The Warden is Kissin’ Kate’s descendant.
- They are looking for Stanley’s GG Grandfather’s lost treasure.
- The Warden does have cameras set up, and when Stanley is brought to her about the sunflower seed theft, she turned off the TV (cameras) real fast.
- The line order is like the mafia and the order is how X-Ray views their loyalty to him.
This was my first time reading Holes, which many of my kids didn’t believe. The story of Kate and Sam was so touching and heartbreaking. The intertwined plot lines were done wonderfully. A MG book I definitely recommend!