Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boy’s detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day, digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.
It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tried to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment–and redemption.
I have been a fan of this movie, for years and thought it high time I finally get around to reading the book. Especially considering the fact that I’ve been fan of Louis Sachar ever since I picked up a copy of Sideways School is Falling Down in Elementary School. The movie did an excellent job of following the book. There were few noticeable changes, and I was just as captivated by the book as I am by the movie.
In Holes Sachar takes the past and expertly weaves it into Stanley’s current situation to bring about his destiny and to right a wrong mistakenly committed by his ancestor so long ago. I think it quite brilliant how Sachar put this story together, and how all the actions and events of the past come full circle and serves to help Stanley in the present. I loved his friendship with Zero and found all of the characters well developed and entertaining.
Other books by Sachar I love are Sideways Stories from Wayside School, The Boy who Lost His Face, and There’s A Boy in the Girls Bathroom. Sachar has been rocking my literary world since way back when and Holes just helped to solidify my love for his work. If you have children, then definitely consider introducing them to this author.
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