Saturday, October 30, 2010


By Louis Sachar

Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-goo-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 vuild character by spending all day, every day, digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.
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. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment-and redemption.

I read Holes in 7th grade and loved it. I just recently re-read it and was left a little wanting. I guess the magic was reserved for the first-time read. This book is still excellent and I think middle grade readers will love it. Stanley Yelnats is a kid who has always had bad luck. His family always blames their problems on their dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather. But things start to change when Stanley is sent to Camp Green Lake, to dig holes to ‘build character’. A mystery ensues and a tragic tale unfolds about a bandit who lived a hundred years ago.

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