Holes is a young adult novel written by Louis Sachar and first published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The book centers around an unlucky teenage boy. Out on the lake, rattlesnakes and scorpions find shade under rocks and in the holes dug by the campers. Here's a good rule to remember about rattlesnakes and. Parents may want to talk to their children about the unfairness of Stanley's life, and the cold-hearted viciousness of some of the characters. Stanley Yelnats, falsely convicted of stealing a celebrity's sneakers, is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention center in the.

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Holes book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous t. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes. Winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award! This #1 New York Times bestselling, modern classic in which boys are forced to dig holes day in.

Actually, the third. Every day it seems to get tougher.

But soon, that stops. Stanley gets used to it, and although the days are swelteringly hot, and their water bottles are normally empty, the holes start to get easier. He's made friends. Pretty much, anyway.

Stanley's known as Caveman. Odd, mysterious, Zero. He hardly ever talks. Stanley's desperate to figure him out.

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And soon enough, he gets the chance. Stanley get Zero are stuck together. On the verge of death. During his stay, he falls in love with the nurse that is caring for him, and the two later marry. Twenty years later, Kate returns to an old cabin on the former lakeside and is tracked down by Trout and his wife Linda, who are bankrupt and desperate for money due to the two-decade long drought.

They try to force her to reveal where she buried her loot, but she is bitten by a highly venomous yellow-spotted lizard and dies.

As she dies, she taunts them by saying, "Start digging". The Walkers are left to dig the entire area in order to find the buried treasure. Camp Green Lake[ edit ] The inmates at Camp Green Lake are forced to dig cylindrical holes five feet deep and five feet wide, which the Warden says "builds their character.

Stanley finds a fossil, but Mr. Pendanski one of the counselors tells him that the Warden "isn't interested in fossils", leading Stanley to suspect they are looking for something in particular.

During one dig, Stanley finds one of Barlow's lipstick tubes though he does not recognize it for what it is.

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X-Ray, the ringleader of Tent D, asks Stanley to give him the lipstick tube so he could have the day off as he has been there the longest and deserves it. After initially refusing, Stanley obliges, and the Warden is excited by the discovery. Meanwhile, Stanley and Zero, the smallest inmate in Tent D, who got his nickname because "he has nothing in his head", become friends.

Stanley agrees to teach Zero how to read, and in return, Zero digs Stanley's hole part of the time. The camp staff discover this, and confront the boys. The argument culminates in Zero angrily hitting Mr. Pendanski with a shovel and running away, and the camp staff decide to erase their records of him and let him die in the desert.

A few days later, Stanley follows Zero and finds him living under the remains of Sam's boat, eating very old jars of Kate's spiced peaches, which he calls "Sploosh".

On the mountain, Zero admits that he was the one who stole "Sweet Feet" Livingston's shoes. Atop the mountain, Stanley discovers a field of onions that was once Sam's. The boys eat the onions and find water by digging in the ground, and Stanley sings Madame Zeroni's song to Zero, Zeroni's descendant, unknowingly breaking the curse. They return to camp and unearth the treasure. Stanley's attorney appears at the camp, explaining that Stanley is innocent due to the emergence of an alibi.

The Warden tries to claim they stole the suitcase from her, but Zero reveals that the name 'Stanley Yelnats' is written on it, as the suitcase had belonged to Stanley's great-grandfather. Fearing that the warden will kill Zero if he leaves him behind, Stanley refuses to leave the camp unless Zero can come along. The attorney orders the Warden to get Zero's file, but the camp staff are naturally unable to find it, and Zero is also released.

Stanley's family opens the case, discovering the jewels, deeds , stocks and promissory notes stolen from Stanley Yelnats I.

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Using the money raised from the bonds, Stanley's family downloads a new house and Zero hires a team of investigators to find his missing mother; meanwhile, the drought at Green Lake is brought to an end by rainfall. The family's luck seems to change as if in response to Stanley's fulfillment of his ancestor's promise a suggestion left purposely ambiguous by the narration.

In a final scene, Clyde Livingston and his wife, along with the Yelnats and Zeroni families, celebrate the success of Stanley's father's antidote to foot odor, composed of preserved and fermented spiced peaches and onions and named "Sploosh" by Zero. The Warden is forced to sell Green Lake to "a national organization dedicated to the well-being of young girls", which turns it into a Girl Scout camp.

Characters[ edit ] Camp Green Lake[ edit ] Stanley Yelnats IV also known as "Caveman" by the rest of the campers, but referred to in the book by his proper name : Stanley is a year-old boy who does not have any friends from school and is often picked on by his classmates and the school bully. Stanley's family is cursed with bad luck, and although they do not have much money, they always try to remain hopeful and look on the bright side of things.

Stanley shares these traits with his family and, although he does not have a lot of self-confidence, he is not easily depressed, a characteristic that helps him adjust to the horrendous conditions of Camp Green Lake. However, he has a bad habit of blaming his great great grandfather when he gets in trouble.

This habit made him impudent. He identifies the people who threaten him, like the Warden, and while he tries not to get in trouble he also stands up for himself and his friends and family.

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Stanley rebels for the rights of his friends when he steals Mr. Sir's truck to look for his friend Zero in the dry lake bed.

So often, he is considered to be "stupid" or a mere nothing by the other boys and the counselors at the lake. He lacks an education, meaning he cannot really read or write. However, he is smart and manages to stand for himself in the face of adversity, breaking Mr. Pendanski's nose with a shovel after one too many snide remarks. Typically he is noted as the character that hardly speaks due to the fact that he is wary of those who mock him.

He is said to always have a scowl on his face and does not like to answer questions.

Zero is shown to be an honest character after becoming close friends with Stanley. Zero is the one who stole the shoes that Stanley was arrested for and accused of stealing.

He is the great-great-great-grandson of Madame Zeroni, the woman who put a curse on Stanley's family. He has been homeless for most of his life, as well as being abandoned by his mother at a very young age. Although he suffers quite a bit, he always seems to persevere and come out on top. X-Ray decides that Stanley will be called Caveman and fixes the order of the line for water. X-Ray maintains his position as the leader of the boys even though he is one of the smallest and can barely see without his glasses.

He convinces Stanley to give him the lipstick tube that Stanley finds in his hole so that he can have the day off instead of Stanley. X-Ray is able to maintain his position at the head of the group through a system of rewards and allies. Every time that Stanley does something nice for X-Ray, X-Ray is nice to Stanley and stands up for him when the other boys pick on him. When Stanley becomes friends with Zero, however, X-Ray's system is threatened and he becomes hostile towards Stanley.

His nickname X-ray comes from it being pig Latin of his actual name, Rex. He is often the one for taunting Stanley for sending and receiving letters to his mother.

Magnet earned his nickname because of his ability to steal, he got into Camp Green Lake for stealing animals from the zoo and refers to his fingers as "little magnets". His nickname Armpit is due to him having bad hygiene from not bathing. Zig Zag Ricky : Zigzag is described as being the tallest kid of Group D, constantly looking like he has been electrocuted, with frizzy hair.

Stanley often thinks he is the weirdest and craziest kid at Camp Green Lake. Zigzag is the one who hit Stanley on the head with a shovel and did not apologize for doing so.

Zigzag suffers from paranoia , highlighting his displayed "craziness". Twitch Brian : A car thief who arrives at camp after Stanley.

The Warden Ms. Walker : Running Camp Green Lake, she is known to be violent, abusive, and quite mean. She uses her power and privilege to get what she wants and make members of the camp do as she pleases. She has hidden cameras, using them to spy on the members of the camp. She is often thought to have hidden cameras in the showers, causing Stanley to be paranoid whenever he takes a shower, rushing out as fast as possible.

She wears nail polish traced with rattlesnake venom, and scratches those who displease or go against what she says. She is the granddaughter of Charles "Trout" Walker.

Her family had been digging the treasure out since her birth, but to no success. He took up this habit after deciding to quit smoking. He is known to be mean and tough. Pendanski is in charge. Pendanski may seem friendly, but he is just as mean as the Warden and Mr. He never stops making fun of Zero ever since he has been at the camp, which comes back to bite him when the boy cracks him in the face with a shovel. She falls in love with Sam, a man who sells onions in the town.I won't give anything away with regards to the plot, but I'll say this much - I highly recommend it not just for young adults, but for us older adults as well.

Holes by Louis sachar - review

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. Is it OK for kids to read books outside their reading levels? 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.

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