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Louis Sachar
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'A total must-read' -- The Times

'A witty, moving read that grabs you and never lets up' -- Daily Telegraph

'Exceptionally good' -- Sunday Times

'Magic and hard realism come crashing together. An extraordinary and unconventional novel' -- Observer

'Unmistakably powerful' -- Philip Pullman


'A miracle of a book - a fast, involving read that conceals an incredibly clever structure packed with surprises' --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

1999 Newbery Medal; 1998 National Book Award for Young People's Literature; A Christopher Award for Juvenile Fiction; An ALA Notable Book; An ALA Best Book for Young Adults; An ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults; A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year; A Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Book; A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; A Publishers Weekly Notable Children's Book of the Year; A Publishers Weekly Bestseller; A Horn Book Fanfare Title; A Riverbank Review 1999 Children's Book of Distinction; A New York Public Library Children's Book of 1998-100 Titles for Reading and Sharing; A Texas Lone Star Award Nominee; A NECBA Fall List Title --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

My teacher read me this book and I liked it alot.
it is a good book and I think that every one should read it. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Louis Sachar lives in Austin, Texas. HOLES is also available as a Bloomsbury audio book.
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