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Holes Mass Market Paperback – August 14, 2001 by Louis Sachar (Author)

This is a very enjoyable book. I think it is geared for youthful readers. As a parent I would have no problem having my middle school children reading this book. There is no obscene or inappropriate language. The reason I read this book is that it is a selection of my book club. I am not sure exactly why it is a selection as my book club is mostly senior citizens and no very young members. The book itself is not lengthy. Many of the chapters are somewhat short and seems to me to be a fairly easy read. There is a lot of interesting coincidences that occur within the story in order to facilitate the story line. If this was serious adult fiction I would find the story not credible. However I think it makes a great story for youth. I would call it a version of a morality story. There are lessons in bullying, injustice, loyalty, selflessness, perseverance, etc. ..In summary it was a pleasant, easy read. Check it out! Review “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 the Paperback edition.

Holes Mass Market Paperback – August 14, 2001 by Louis Sachar (Author) Review

I read this book aloud with my 11 and 8 year old kids. They really liked the book. Even though I had seen the movie, I was still into the book myself. I have been wanting to get my kids into reading to give them an advantage in school. The key is for them to choose to read books with their own free time. Well, after we read the book, we watched the movie and best of all. ..they liked the book better!One noticeable difference was that the book was darker than the movie. The story takes place at a camp for troubled kids. Well, in the book, you can tell they are troubled. The movie has typical Disney kids. I enjoyed both but there was that small difference. -Read Reviews-

Holes is not my typical read. It’s about a group of boys. Usually, I prefer my books to have a strong female lead I can identify with. But wait, it’s a bunch of tween boys digging holes in a dried up lake as punishment for their crimes. I never would pick this up from the back cover. But at writing conferences, this book gets referenced often. It’s also a Newbery winner. And my critique partner suggested I read it. So trifecta of readability. I read it. And I am so very glad I did. All my ideas of what I like in a book were blown to smithereens. It’s a testament to what really great storytelling can do. I found myself identifying with Stanley. Rooting for Stanley. Hoping for more for Stanley. This is an awesome read. Worthy of being read by adults and kids. I devoured it in 24 hours. Fantastic storytelling. Completely sucked me in. Absolute page turner

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