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Holes: Adult Edition [Kindle Edition]

Louis Sachar
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Book Description

Stanley Yelnat's family has a history of bad luck going back generations, so he is not too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre. Nor is he very surprised when he is told that his daily labour at the camp is to dig a hole, five foot wide by five foot deep, and report anything that he finds in that hole. The warden claims that it is character building, but this is a lie and Stanley must dig up the truth.


In this wonderfully inventive, compelling novel that is both serious and funny, Louis Sachar has created a masterpiece that will leave all readers amazed and delighted by the author's narrative flair and brilliantly handled plot.



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"If you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy." Such is the reigning philosophy at Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention facility where there is no lake, and there are no happy campers. In place of what used to be "the largest lake in Texas" is now a dry, flat, sunburned wasteland, pocked with countless identical holes dug by boys improving their character. Stanley Yelnats, of palindromic name and ill-fated pedigree, has landed at Camp Green Lake because it seemed a better option than jail. No matter that his conviction was all a case of mistaken identity, the Yelnats family has become accustomed to a long history of bad luck, thanks to their "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather!" Despite his innocence, Stanley is quickly enmeshed in the Camp Green Lake routine: rising before dawn to dig a hole five feet deep and five feet in diameter; learning how to get along with the Lord of the Flies-styled pack of boys in Group D; and fearing the warden, who paints her fingernails with rattlesnake venom. But when Stanley realizes that the boys may not just be digging to build character--that in fact the warden is seeking something specific--the plot gets as thick as the irony.

It's a strange story, but strangely compelling and lovely too. Louis Sachar uses poker-faced understatement to create a bizarre but believable landscape--a place where Major Major Major Major of Catch-22 would feel right at home. But while there is humor and absurdity here, there is also a deep understanding of friendship and a searing compassion for society's underdogs. As Stanley unknowingly begins to fulfill his destiny--the dual plots coming together to reveal that fate has big plans in store--we can't help but cheer for the good guys, and all the Yelnats everywhere. (Ages 10 and older) --Brangien Davis

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"If you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy." Such is the reigning philosophy at Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention facility where there is no lake, and there are no happy campers. In place of what used to be "the largest lake in Texas" is now a dry, flat, sunburned wasteland, pocked with countless identical holes dug by boys improving their character. Stanley Yelnats, of palindromic name and ill-fated pedigree, has landed at Camp Green Lake because it seemed a better option than jail. No matter that his conviction was all a case of mistaken identity, the Yelnats family has become accustomed to a long history of bad luck, thanks to their "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather!" Despite his innocence, Stanley is quickly enmeshed in the Camp Green Lake routine: rising before dawn to dig a hole five feet deep and five feet in diameter; learning how to get along with the Lord of the Flies-styled pack of boys in Group D; and fearing the warden, who paints her fingernails with rattlesnake venom. But when Stanley realizes that the boys may not just be digging to build character--that in fact the warden is seeking something specific--the plot gets as thick as the irony.

It's a strange story, but strangely compelling and lovely too. Louis Sachar uses poker-faced understatement to create a bizarre but believable landscape--a place where Major Major Major Major of Catch-22 would feel right at home. But while there is humor and absurdity here, there is also a deep understanding of friendship and a searing compassion for society's underdogs. As Stanley unknowingly begins to fulfill his destiny--the dual plots coming together to reveal that fate has big plans in store--we can't help but cheer for the good guys, and all the Yelnats everywhere. (Ages 10 and older) --Brangien Davis


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 801 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 074754459X
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens; 1 edition (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003E20ZP6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (848 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,055 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Louis Sachar was born in New York. He was inspired to write children's books after working as a teacher's aide to gain extra credit. After graduation he worked in a sweater warehouse in Connecticut and wrote at night. He was soon fired from that job and moved onto law school where in his first week of study Sideways Stories From Wayside School was published. In 2000 Louis Sacher wrote Holes which became both an instant classic and a film starring Sigourney Weaver. Holes was his first book to be published in the UK and continues to prove popular among younger readers. Once Louis Sachar begins writing a new book he refuses to talk to anyone until it is finished and entry to his office is barred apart from his two dogs. The Cardturner is his new book which publishes in 2010.

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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story. 7 Jan. 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I love this book! It's style is very simple, but somehow it holds you from beginning to end. It's basically three stories taking place in three different times all in one book. All three are beautifully intertwined.
The main story is about a very unlucky boy called Stanley Yelnats (notice the palindrome?) who is sent to a detention camp for a crime he didn't commit. Every day he has to dig a large hole, under the blazing Texas sun, without much water. He is told that it is character-building, but he soon realises that the camp owner is searching for something hidden in the dried-up lake-bed. Stanley finds tiny clues along the way and eventually works out why he and the other boys are being made to dig every day, and how this ties in with his own family's past, and future.
This is a fantastic story and very well-written book. Read it!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 16 Nov. 2006
Format:Paperback
I read this as an adult and really enjoyed it, I would say its a fast and fun read and if you're an adult looking to get a present for anyone from 10 - 14/15 y/o depending on level of maturity and literacy I'd recommend it. The story is set in a secure youth offenders unit in the US with sadistic jailors - covers issues of literacy/lack of education, justice and injustice, bullying, friendship, loyalty and abuse of power. All sounds a bit serious when put like that, but its very funny and moving and clearly a bit of a fantasy as well as including the above issues.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING ! 24 July 2007
By A. Rose TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This isn't my usual sort of book at all but I was far from disappointed. This is an extraordinary story from start to finish with not a boring page or even sentence to struggle through. Without being repetitive (Amazon reviews and the Synopsis tell it all) this is a teenager/adult book starting with a curse on a family which reaches its climax over a hundred years later with the two "stars" of the story, Stanley and Zero. After saying this is a teenagers book, I have passed it to my husband, mum and other friends, all of who agree that it is a captivating story for adults as well as teens. I'm sure most readers (of any style of book) can't help but love this one for the very clever story that it is.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holes 15 Oct. 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I think Holes is a brilliant book. We did it for a reading book in school- I didn't think it would be very good but once I started it I couldn't put it down the flashbacks are brilliant. I love the way it kept reflecting back to the past and the main story line was brillian too.
I love the way the story has lots of different characters and I especially liked Zero. It's a brilliant book!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I read this book on the recommendation of my 13 year old daughter and was enthralled by it, as was my husband who read it after me. Stanley is an instantly sympathetic character, and the reader is pulled into his unfortunate situation from the outset. The plot is intriguing and unfolds carefully, whilst the threads of the past are casually thrown in and then unexpectedly drawn together at the end. I found this a delightful tale, told with humour and pathos, suitable for all ages and not just children.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holes By louis Sachar 2 Nov. 2003
By Shorty
Format:Paperback
When I first saw the front cover I didn't really know what it was about!! But I did think it might be about lizards and holes. Something not very good but it was totaly the opposite.
The book was mainly about a boy called Stanley Yelnats who had been sentenced to 1 ½ years of jail or camp. Stanley chooses camp not knowing it was going to be as bad as it was. When he got there he found out that for the next 1 ½ years he would be digging HOLES! During the story there are a few sidetracks but they relate to each other later on in the story, which gives it a really good twist. While at camp Stanley meets a boy called Hector Zeroni (Zero) they get up to lots of mischief. Mr Sir (one of the men in charge) didn't like the trouble they caused and made sure they knew that.
The part I liked the best was when Stanley found Zero. I bet your thinking what the earth is she talking about, so I'll tell you.... When zero hit Mr Pendanski he ran away and as Stanley was such good friends with Zero he was thinking should I go after him or not? In the end he did go but when he went he made sure everyone knew about it. After a long time of walking or so it seemed to Stanley he saw a object In the distance when he got there it turned out to be a boat and under the boat was Zero a bit ugly and dehydrated but he was so glad to of found his friend alive.
The part I least liked was......... there wasn't one the whole of the book is so good but there is one thing that I would change and that would be what happened on the last two pages as it was boring and needed to be told in a different way!!
The main characters were Stanley and Zero. Stanley was a fat boy who was bullied at school but when he was sentence to digging holes he became skinny, confident and wasn't scared of any one.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holes- a reveiw 6 Dec. 2006
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Holes

Louis Sachar

When Stanley Yelnats is accused of stealing a pair of trainers from a famous Basketball player and asked to chose between the punishment of going to jail or going to camp green lake he responds by saying "I've never been to camp before." When he arrived at camp green lake he meet Armpit, Z-ray, zero and the rest of the gang. Camp green lake is positioned in what used to be a lovely thriving town that had a lake and everything else a town could want. Now it is a desert where it never rains, the lake is all dried up and boys who have broken the law are sent to dig holes all day to build character, or so the warden says. One day Zero runs away and later Stanley goes after him. They get stranded without food or water and are both convinced it's the end of them both, but then something miraculas happens...

Louis Sachar does a great job introducing his characters and building on their personalities and relationships throughout the book. Also he leaves you with more and more questions every page of the book. This story is well thought out and a great read for anyone. I would highly recomend it to everyone.

Read the book to find out the answers to these questions

Is there really a curse on the Yelnat family?

Is it really to build character that the boys are foced to dig holes every day?

What is on top of god's thumb if anything?

Will Stanley and Zero make it through the desert and survive with the deadly yellow spotted lizards?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
An amazing book with: suspense, action and emotion. What more could you really want?!Over all an epic book to be shared with others.
Published 4 days ago by Dm Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!INFINITE AMOUNT OF STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,
OH MY GOSH this book is too good to be true!! I read this at my school. Stanley Yelnats goes to the park when a curse was hanging around and brings bad luck to 'The Yelnats', so... Read more
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This was a fab book could barely stop reading I recommend for kids age 10+ Classic novel from louis sachar
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I love it! I couldn't put it down until I had actually completely completed the book. I would DEFINITELY recommend 'Holes'.
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Very imaginative story. Well constructed plot. Bought for granddaughter (aged 10) and both myself and wife read it.
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A really outstanding piece of young adult fiction - it has everything; character development, a complex structure that's presented in an easily understandable way, an exciting... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written, perfectly plotted gem of a novel
This is just about the most perfectly written and plotted book I have ever read (and having studied English at university, I have read a few). Read more
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