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Holes: Adult Edition [Kindle Edition]

Louis Sachar
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)

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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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'Holes is one of those instant classics that adults, as well as children over eight, will thoroughly enjoy. Sachar has created something quite different from JK Rowling or Philip Pullman, but no less enchanting' (Independent on Sunday)

'If you want a witty, moving read that grabs you and never lets up, look no further than Holes' (The Daily Telegraph)

Forget the fame and glamour of Holes, the movie and the rest. Just remember Camp Green Lake and that story that gave us one of the best books of the last ten years (Books for Keeps)

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The multi-million bestseller Holes now in an exciting new package ahead of the publication of Sachar's newest 9-11 fiction title Fuzzy Mud (publishing August 2015)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 800 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0374332657
  • 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 (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,367 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this one?! 3 May 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
I read the adult edition of this book - never having read the children's edition, I have no idea what the difference is but it was absolutely stonkingly brilliant. I downloaded it on spec this morning and read it in two and half hours - quite literally couldn't put it down.

There are three strands of story here: that of Stanley Yelnats - well meaning but naive fat boy from a poor family with a knack for always being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The strand of Zero (I won't spoil it by giving his full name)a street kid whose past present and future would seem to be inextricably bound up with Stanley's. And the strand of various facets of the past. There's a lot of history here but it's woven in so deftly that when the big reveals come we're well prepared. I also enjoyed the history stories - more like family urban legend - as stories in their own right, especially the tragic story of Kate Barlow.

Stanley is in trouble and when the court rules him guilty of a crime he didn't commit (his family couldn't afford a lawyer) he is offered the choice of juvenile correction facility or a character building stay at Camp Greenlake. His parents pick that latter, and the stories weave in and out and entwine from there.

The book is full of wonderful, subtle imagery. Every word IS important and tells you something about what comes next. There's no 'umbles' in this plot, it's all meat.

I could go on but I'd rather you just read it. Seriously, whatever genre you prefer, whatever age group, gender or other book choice defining feature you can come up with, just go and read this awesome book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius! 15 July 2011
By Shaun Horrigan TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Stanley Yelnats, overweight, bullied at school, and generally unlucky in life is found guilty of stealing a pair of sneakers he never took. He is sentenced to 18 months at Camp Green Lake, a correctional facility for young offenders.

Camp Green Lake is in the middle of the desert - nothing is green and there hasn't been a lake there for 110 years. All that is there now is holes, lots of holes, and more holes are being dug every day by the unlucky "campers"; each hole being exactly five feet deep and five feet across.

Who is to blame for Stanley's misfortune? Well, if you asked Stanley he would probably blame his "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather" who was cursed by a wise woman a long time ago.

I had never heard of this book until I saw it in the Kindle Summer Sale and I have subsequently found out that it is considered a modern classic in American children's literature. It well deserves that status as this book is brilliant - in fact it is better than that! It has become in one reading one of my all time favourite children's books.

The deceptively simple plot is set both in the present day and 110 years ago when Green Lake was a thriving community. It just pulls you along for page after page until suddenly quite near the end, everything links up and in one flash of brilliance, it all makes perfect, wonderful and quite emotionally satisfying sense! There are just so many parts of the story that link up and loop back and join together that you will find yourself wondering how you missed them all and what others there are still to find! Absolute genius!

The Kindle presentation is perfect. There are no formatting or typographical errors at all and even the few illustrations in the book are faithfully reproduced on the Kindle.

Overall: 5 stars - This book is wonderful! No matter what your age, read it for yourself and find out just how good it is!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed by myself & my sons 24 Aug. 2011
By Cupcake
Format:Kindle Edition
I loaded this into my Kindle along with lots of other random choices for holiday reading. I have to say that i was thoroughly delighted to have stumbled across it. I knew nothing of the book before I read it (was drawn by the cover!) & I found it to be a gripping tale of generations of familes that all intertwine at the end. A very clever story & will definitely look up more by Louis Sachar. I leant it to my reluctant 12 year old who also was gripped by it & then my 10 year old who is now using it for his school book review homework.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HOLES: ADULT EDITION 12 Jun. 2014
By Amanda TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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When Stanley Yelnats finds himself in a young offenders camp being punished for a crime he did not commit he is not surprised! Going back generations Stanley's family have had nothing but bad luck. Now at Camp Green Lake he and the other young men there are made to dig holes day after day, and should they find anything it has to be reported immediately to the warder, a mean and vicious woman.
What a compelling read, love the way it was written, amusing, poignant and thoroughly entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book ... for all ages 2 April 2013
By KatieD
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Highly recommended for children and adults alike. This book is beautifully written with well thought characters. The story and setting are captivating and the book moves easily from present day to the past, taking the reader along with its wonderful description and language. The characters, their interaction and the friendships that develop are written so that young readers will understand the issues which the book deals with. My 10 year old daughter read this book at school and was so captivated by the story, talking non-stop about the characters that I just had to read it for myself. I am so pleased I did as I thoroughly enjoyed the story and have recommended it to my adult friends. My daughter has now read Small Steps which features some of the characters from Holes; again she has been totally engrossed in the story and keeps urging me to read it too, which I fully intend to do.

In summary I would recommend that you read this book whatever age you are - you will not be disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good easy fun read
This was a thrilling and unique book that I enjoyed and I found it easy to read only thing it needed was to establish the characters personalities more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book for all. Very gripping couldn't put it down
Published 8 days ago by K F
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Loved it, at first a little slow but I couldn't stop reading it at the end recommend for 10+ loved how it explained more at the end.
Published 24 days ago by Amber
5.0 out of 5 stars Holes By Louis Sachar
I thought that this was a fantastic book with many twists and turns around the corner. I never knew what was going to happen to Stanley(aka Caveman) would do next. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Palmer
1.0 out of 5 stars Love Holes!
Holes was a great book with quite a few mysterious people and quite a few tense scenes. I love the characters and I recommend it to anyone over nine years mabey?
Published 1 month ago by Nellie
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This book was probably my favourite book of the year and made me keep on reading from 8:30 to 10:30
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Stacey Joly
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This is an amazing story about friendship and 'good' conquering evil and just plain bad luck! Could not put this down from a third in! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paula A.
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 2 months 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
Published 2 months ago by atr2010
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