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The lake was so full of holes and mounds that it reminded Stanley of pictures he'd seen of . "I used to think you were a good-for-nothing book reader," he said. Read “Holes”, by Louis Sachar online on Bookmate – Stanley Yelnat's family has a history of bad To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. Holes. Front Cover. Louis Sachar. Random House Children's Books, Jun Stanley Yelnats IV and his whole family have had horrible luck ever.

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I want to read the book! Publisher: Classroom Complete Press Stanley soon figures out that there is more to the hole-digging than building character as the. Holes: The Book where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Editorial Reviews. sppn.info Review. "If you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every Book 1 of 2 in Holes (2 Book Series) . Complete Series. Holes.

Stanley Yelnats is falsely accused of stealing a pair of sneakers and set to Camp Green Lake, for criminal boys.

To build character, the boys get up at 4: If they find anything unusual, they are supposed to report it. But the warden isn't looking for fossils or pretty rocks. Something is going on other than character building, and Stanley wonders what they are looking for. The story is at once whimsical and dark, horrifying and funny, heartrending and heart-warming. There are rattlesnakes one boy was been bitten and rushed to the hospital.

He never comes back. We also learn about Stanley's no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great grandfather and the curse put on his family by the gypsy woman who was missing one pig, his grandfather who found refuge on God's thumb after being robbed by Kissing Kate Barlow, Kissing Kate herself and her handyman, Sam the onion man and how history does and doesn't affect the lives of living people.

This many generational multiple story-lines slowly merge in unpredictable but delightful ways. We, the readers, meet a famous basketball player and an inventor and, of course, learn that bad boys are human, just like the rest of us, and sometimes even better than those not so confined.

And we encounter inspiring courage fortitude and strength. View all 8 comments. He was the one who recommended it to me. And I'm glad he did, because this book is one heck of a gripping, entertaining and intelligent story.

This is the book all the cool kids in middle school were reading with their popped collars, Livestrong bands and wannabe-Justin-Bieber hairstyles. This book is just on this whole new level of awesomeness. Things go a little askew and nothing is as it seems, secrets are revealed, friends and enemies are made, adventures are at stake The writing is notable, quirky, detailed and "crisp" - if that makes sense; the atmosphere generated is phenomenal - the sun glaring down at you in sweaty films of heat, the dust shading the air, this seemingly endless desolate wasteland.

Sachar is the kind of writer that isn't preachy - he won't shove some wisdom or moral code down your throat, but he'll make you think and reflect and enjoy yourself while doing so. Themes, such as fate, friendship, punishment, and the way history impacts our present are all very prominent in the story - paired with fleshed-out, intriguing characters, yellow spotted lizards, lots and I mean - LOTS of holes, sunflower seeds, angry wardens, baseball player shoes and treasure. Highly recommend! Holes is one of my favorite books of all time.

The whole thing is just so clever. The writing style is simple, but not boring. Every character is amazingly developed and believable. I like how the story of the present and the story of the past connect to each other perfectly in the end. And the movie version is really good, too! I highly suggest this book to everyone.

View all 9 comments. Nov 15, Heather rated it really liked it.

I thought this author did an especially clever job on the way he set up the story. He flipped back-and-forth between generations, never getting confusing, never giving information too soon, never giving information too late.

This was very fun to read. Mar 28, Jessica rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the best books ever.

Holes by Louis Sachar - review

Gets better every time, too! Thoughtful and studious read. I can't say anything bad about the book, since every chapter made perfect sense. It just didn't bring out any emotion in me.

Also, I found myself a bit bored throughout the flashbacks. Mostly, I think the biggest problem is that I'm too old for this book, even though I know it sounds a little pretentious. Stanley's family was cursed by a gypsy because of his great great great Pig-stealing-Grandpa. His dad tries to make a formula to get rid of the smell of old worn o Thoughtful and studious read.

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His dad tries to make a formula to get rid of the smell of old worn out sneakers. Unfortunately, he's unsuccessful. Their family is poor and they can't afford to hire a good attorney for Stanley when he gets in trouble. Stanley is sent to Camp Green Lake as a punishment for a crime he didn't commit. He meets Zero there and a platonic bond is formed between the boys.

Zero runs away from the camp and Stanley goes after him. Before that we've shown what a cruel place it really is when Stanley annoyed a guard. All the boys aligned in the hot sun to get their canteens filled with water and the guard hands Stanley's canteen back empty.

Stanley even says "thank you" for it. The boys at the Camp are coming to terms with accepting their own identities and there is always underdeveloped tension between them. When Stanley makes an arrangement with Zero to teach him how to read in exchange for Zero's help in digging his hole, the others aren't particularly happy about it. What makes the story realistic is that nothing magical was going to help any of them escape, no adult was going to get Stanley and explain everything was a big mistake.

I would have liked more details on the other boys. Stanley and Zero are given the most thorough characterization, but the other ones we know very little about. Warden is also very lightly shown and arguably she was the most interesting character. The book is about choosing kindness and compassion without ulterior motive, even when everything around you is hard and unfair. It is about doing your best to be happy even when there isn't much to be satisfied with.

The story gave me contradicted feelings because of so many latent messages that actually made me think about what society was back then and how exactly it has changed till today. While loosing sense of empathy day after day, he has to learn to keep going, get along with the other boys and survive. I wish I'd been in Zero's head rather than Stanley's. I've got nothing against Stanley, he's an excellent narrator, but Zero was so silent all the time and I wished to know what was he thinking about when he was blankly staring at everyone around him.

My first fulll-length read of , and I couldn't have asked for a better book! And I just happened to pick it up by chance.

It so happened that I was looking for an audiobook for my daily commute, and that bumped this dese "If only, if only," the woodpecker sighs, "The bark on the tree was as soft as the skies. It so happened that I was looking for an audiobook for my daily commute, and that bumped this deserving Newberry Medal winner up to the top of my TBR pile.

This is the story of Stanley Yelnats yes, that's a palindrome! D , whose family unfortunately always ends up being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

And they believe it's all because of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather. Due to rather unfortunate circumstances, Stanley is sent away to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile correctional facility. The name is a cruel joke, as there is nothing green about the place, and there isn't even a lake there any longer. The camp makes boys dig holes in the dried lake bed day after day after day, under the scorching sun, in a bid to build character apparently.

But Stanley soon starts suspecting that there's a lot more going on at the camp than meets the eye. Louis Sachar is a phenomenal storyteller, and over the course of the entire book, the pieces fit together so marvelously, and with the perfection of a jigsaw puzzle! The audiobook version was so good that it made me fall in love with the main characters, with the author and with the narrator too! It filled my dull commute with so much life, as it made me laugh out loud, made me gasp in shock and also made me mutter frantic prayers for the characters in times of danger!

And whenever I'd think about the story in moments of solitude, it would make my eyes moist. This is a beautiful tale of friendship, hope, courage and character, and with a wonderful fable-like quality to it.

I practically lived the story while listening to it and it's going to be with me for a very long time! Though this book lies somewhere on the cusp of Middlegrade and YA fiction, I'd like to drag it back entirely into the Middlegrade territory, as that's my most favourite genre in the whole wide world! D When I was left with just the final leg of the story, I actually kept putting it off for an entire week, as I just did not want the book to end!

And it was then that I stumbled upon a hardcopy of this book in a second-hand bookstore! I literally squealed with joy, and it turned out it was available for just 50 bucks!! I hope to read it again some years down the line, and I cannot recommend this book enough.

In fact, I feel it should certainly be taught in schools too! View all 12 comments. Aug 11, Erin added it. Everybody knows who this man is, right? I mean, I'm looking over the reviews for this book on the front page and I can find no mention. There's not a whisper of the author's previous successes.

Absolutely nothing. The absolute greatest story about an elementary school ever told? The one built sideways accidentally, with no 13th floor? Ice cream flavors that taste like people? Am I the only person on goodreads who can't do third grade long division but remembers the last names of the three Erics' in Mrs.

Jewl's class?!?!?!?! I am slightly confused and afraid. My universe is shifting. I thought everybody skipped their fourth boring field trip in a year to the National History Museum and read this book in the girl's bathroom. Or anywhere really. It never gets old. Past books shouldn't matter.

As you have said before, an author is only as good as his last book. Except for Christopher Moore, who can-do-no-wrong-for- the-rest-of-eternity-forever-and-ever-amen. But Louis Sachar's debut of Holes, I think, is much more significant for what came before it. You see, millions of little children like me had giggled and gasped through Sachar's series on a curious school with absurdly crazy characters.

He was one of the first authors, like Shel Silverstein and Laura Ingalls Wilder, to have his name, and not just the title of his book, implanted in my memory. For hundreds of little children around the world, I know he was one of their first!

And so, when we discovered the dog eared and dirty copy of Holes on our library shelves a couple years later, a bit older third grade and a bit more mature I gave up wearing kraft cheese singles with holes bitten out of them as masks at the cafeteria table we dove right in without a second thought. And oh, were we surprised.

Holes is not the light fare I, or I think any of my friends, were expecting. I think if you try hard enough, you'll remember the first story you read in which justice was not promptly served, or the assurance of a happy ending was not guaranteed. I may have read darker tales before this one, but "Holes" was a defining moment in my childhood. Stanley went to hell on Earth and he was innocent.

Nothing magical was going to help him escape, no convenient story twist was going to come along and assure you everything was a dream.

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Above all, no adult was gonna come get Stanley and explain that everything a big huge mistake, and he was safe and fine and protected. Stanley was so alone. And you were alone right there with him.

Here was something much more grown up, we realized. Here is something that has the risk of death and the threat of capture and the hope of treasure and it all feels so real! Here is something that is tricky in the way it is written, not front to back like so many other simple, dumb children's authors, but has many stories all tied up together in a way that makes us think, and figure things out, and if this character and that character were with his character, could it be thatgasp!

And I don't mean to keep speaking for the rest of the universe's little children.

But I know there must have been more than just my third grade self that closed the last page of Holes and sat very very still, mouth open, staring at nothing, for a second, and realized that reading was never really going to be the same. This was heading for the full five stars right up until the ending, which for me, just felt rushed and anti-climactic.

It was as if the author simply ran out of steam and wanted to quickly wrap everything up, which is a great shame, because up until then the book had been pretty much perfect. Sachar gets so much right here.

The writing is top-drawer: The characters are compelling and all have great depth. Stanley is a character you can't help but root for. Wrongly accused, he is entirely accepting of his sentence: He takes it on the chin, he doesn't grumble. Instead, he sees the experience for what it is: Overall, Holes is a great read: View all 11 comments. View all 4 comments. Apr 11, Anna Aguirre rated it it was amazing.

Love, love, love! Kids love it, too. A great novel about inner strength and persistence. View all 5 comments. Dec 19, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: Again, I'm so happy to say I've found joy in reading along with my 5th grade son. This academic year has been full of fun required reading and that makes me so happy for him. It's hard to be excited about required reading but it helps so much when the content is entertaining.

I watched the film adaptation of Holes prior to reading the book, but I'm happy to say the two are almost exactly the same. Well done Hollywood! Sachar for writing a great story to begin with. Full of adventure, mystery, history; it's just fun to read and watch. If you didn't read this during your academic years, it's not too late to check it out. My favorite quote: View all 6 comments. Feb 12, Toph rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved how the multiple storylines in this book tied together so nicely!

Now onions are going to give me a different reason to cry I have been wanting to read this book for years, but I never seemed to get around to it! Well, this year I made a pact with myself to read more of the stories I want to read, so this book made it to the top of my TBR list finally! I loved this story! I wish I hadn't waited so long! Stanley Yelnats believes he lives under a curse that finally ran him afoul with the law.

He's innocent of the petty crime he is convicted of, but there is no sense arguing with the curse. So, he gets sentenced to I have been wanting to read this book for years, but I never seemed to get around to it!

So, he gets sentenced to Camp Green Lake. The camp is a detention center for boys. They spend all day digging holes in the desert. Stanley is told the work is to build character, but as the story unfolds it seems there is more going on at Camp Green Lake.

Stanley learns so many lessons about friendship and self esteem during his stay at Camp Green Lake. I laughed every time he ranted about his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather who brought the curse down on his head that makes his life miserable.

Great story! Great characters! Great life lessons! Holes was made into a movie by Disney in I can finally watch the movie without breaking my rule about reading the book first! Only took me almost 16 years! Better late than never!

I'm hoping Disney stuck close to the book. The story is perfect as it is. I hope the film doesn't disappoint me. Luckily, it's streaming this month on a television channel in our package I'm watching it tonight! Even at 50 years old, I love reading children's books. This story was just the feel-good adventure story I needed on a rainy, winter Saturday afternoon.

I loved it! I listened to the audio book version of this story Penguin Random House Audio. Narrated by Kerry Beyer, the audio is just under 4. Beyer has a nice voice and gave a great performance! I have partial hearing loss but was easily able to hear and understand the entire audio book. Dec 28, Leah Jay added it. I was so touched by this book. All the characters were amazing!

The plot kept me on my toes! The writing was superb! This one is definitely going in my list of books everyone should read.

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That means you need to read it, too! Thankfully, I finally picked it up and gave it a shot. Holes is about Stanley, an overweight young boy who after accidentally stealing a shoe yes, accidently! He is then forced by the judge to pick between jail time or go to Camp Green Lake. Stanley, of course, chooses the camp option thinking it will be fun and games and at least he will get to swim, hence the lake.

However, when Stanley gets to the camp he sees it is nothing but dirt - no lake, no fun, just dirt. The owner is looking for something in the dirt and making all the boys at the camp dig holes all day long and giving them very little water.

They have to dig holes that are exactly five feet long and five feet deep before they can rest for the day. Stanley is determined to find out what the owner wants them to find so badly. This book is such a gem. I would've complained the whole time, so he's a better person than me! The book also features some great side characters, my favorite being the illiterate boy named Zero.

His main goal is that he just wants to learn to read. His character feels very genuine and really easy to relate to. Maybe you know how to read but we all have things that we fall short on and might be embarrassed to tell others about. I, for one, am terrible at math and science but, unlike Zero I didn't fix that situation.

What I really love about this book is that it's not sappy in its message, it's just good storytelling. I actually have no complaints about this one. I read it in one evening, so it's a very fast read and I think this can be loved by children and adults equally.

I was shocked to learn that this book has banned in the past due to parents finding the morals questionable. It just boggles my mind, it never occurred to me that there could be anything the slightest bit offensive to anyone.

I guess people always have to find something to freak out about. I don't understand the banning, but then again I can say that with a lot of banned books. However, this book is perfectly appropriate for young children. I would guess seven or eight years old is about the right time to start in on this one. Younger, depending on your child's reading level. Five stars from me and highly recommended. Nov 27, Julian rated it did not like it Shelves: Jun 05, Sara Kamjou rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 16, Muhammad Galal rated it really liked it Shelves: This book really surprised me and surpassed all of my expectations for it.

I loved the characters and thought the story itself was clever and nicely laid out. I never got the feeling that the author was talking down to his audience because this is a young adult novel, which is a big pet peeve of mine. Stanley and Zero were a great pair, though Zero was my favorite, and I was kept in constant suspense waiting for the next bad shoe to drop. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It is just a dry dusty desert filled with holes, five feet deep and five feet wide.

Its local fauna, seem only to be the vultures, and dangerous poisonous yellow-spotted lizards. Green Lake seems is, in many ways, a haunted place. Holes works in spite of the strange setting, and the strange story, because it understands people.

Specifically because it is honest in the way it deals with the inmates of Camp Green Lake. The movie captures the way boys interact with one another perfectly.

It captures the way boys can bully each other, they way they can win admiration, the way they fight with one another, and the way boys ally themselves along the age line. It is this well nuanced core that makes everything else in the film believable. What is also refreshing about this film the good nature of its main character. Stanley IV is not bitter about the past, and determined not let it affect him in the way it has affected his father and grandfather.

There is at times a lot of sadness in the film, but not a lot wallowing angsty silliness. And that is refreshing. Holes is an intelligent, insightful and witty family movie. It entertains, and not in any cheap way. It is not a comedy, though it has its laughs. It dares to be compelling, where many family movies tend to play it safe and conventional.One person he traded his onions with was Katherine Barlow , Green Lake's teacher; she'd give him jars of peaches in exchange for onions.

The explanation is that they wanted to "pretend". June 1, Sold by: Learn more about site Giveaway. There is another story running parallel telling the events at Green lake years before which tie into the main story.