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Holes: Adult Edition [Kindle Edition]

Louis Sachar
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 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: 241 pages
  • 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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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,676 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very American 28 Aug. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
- but none the worse for that.
This is a short novel, easily read. Aimed at 9+ children, but I still enjoyed it.
An overweight, bullied boy (Stanley Yelnats) from an eccentric family is wrongly accused of a crime and ends up in a 'camp of correction' where he is obliged to dig holes each day. It becomes obvious to him that they are looking for something, he knows not what!
The main plot is linked in with stories from the past, both local and from Stanley's family history. Stanley goes out of his way to help a fellow prisoner and through a series of happenings (which I won't describe, in order not to spoil the plot,) everything ties together and concludes in a satisfactory way! It is well written and engaging, humorous and warm. I enjoyed it.
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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
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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 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 4 days 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 12 days 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 25 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by atr2010
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT
really enjoybal cool and epic fun funny interesting just really really really amazing and good to read the best book
Published 1 month ago by Danny Knowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all great
Published 1 month ago by D C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Holes
This was a fab book could barely stop reading I recommend for kids age 10+ Classic novel from louis sachar
Published 1 month ago by Lucy James
5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE
I love it! I couldn't put it down until I had actually completely completed the book. I would DEFINITELY recommend 'Holes'.
Published 1 month ago by Joanna Farrell
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