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Random House, Inc Holes

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 Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys "build character" by spending all day digging holes: 5 feet wide and 5 feet deep. 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 tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment---and redemption. Recommended for ages 10 and up. The 1999 Newbery Medal winner.
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Customer Reviews for Holes
Review 1 for Holes
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

This will be a classic.

Date:January 12, 2014
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Jessica
Age:25-34
Gender:female
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Stanley Yelnats’ family blames their bad luck on his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather. The family believes he was cursed when he failed to keep a promise to Madame Zeroni. Now Stanley has been sent to a detention camp, where bad boys dig holes to build character. He quickly realized, however, that character-building isn’t the only reason for the holes. The warden is looking for something. But what?
This is one of those instances where I saw the movie before I read the book. I love the movie. It’s a favorite, and I’m very happy to say that it stuck very closely to the book. Minor changes here and there, but nothing outrageous. While the book is actually marketed for kids, the themes are very deep and the humor can be a little dark. I think my favorite thing about this novel is how all the pieces of the story fit together. There are stories for characters who are separated from Stanley by more than a hundred years, but they are all connected to his fate.
Fate is discussed throughout the book as we learn about the Yelnats family curse and its link to a bandit named Kissing Kate Barlow. The idea of something larger than ourselves at work is present through the story. Stanley and another boy, called Zero, even feel drawn to seek refuge at the top of a mountain called God’s Thumb.
The story leaves me uplifted as Stanley, and ultimately the reader, learn about friendship, kindness (and its effect, not only on those we show it to, but on us as we show it), and perseverance. On the flip side, we see the effects of greed and hatred.
This one is definitely a favorite, and a book I will read again.
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Review 2 for Holes
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:January 2, 2009
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Legolas
This book was an awesome story. Loved all the little mini plots and stuff. It is a definete MUST READ!
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Review 3 for Holes
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:April 2, 2008
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Julia
Holes is a good book to read and it had a good plot to it.
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Review 4 for Holes
Overall Rating: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Date:April 2, 2008
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Emerson
Holes is a very, very good book. This book could have been improoved a lot. It is good how the story follows the movie a little.
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Review 5 for Holes
Overall Rating: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Date:April 2, 2008
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Adrianna
I think Holes was a great book to read. The book had many adventures and unusal characters. It was fun and very exciting.
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Review 6 for Holes
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:April 2, 2008
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GiGi
Holes was a fun book to read. I liked it a lot, it all came together really good. The ending was suprisingly dull though, I don't like how it was written. Good book though!
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Review 7 for Holes
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:April 2, 2008
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Emerson
This was a really good book, good characters and a nice plot. But a little anticlimatic at the end hence my rating.(Is this even a christian book?!)
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Review 8 for Holes
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:April 2, 2008
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Emerson
This book was pretty good. The plot was awsome and the characters wre well thought out. The only thing I did not like was the anticlimactic ennding.
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Review 9 for Holes
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:April 2, 2008
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Brian
A great and wonderful book for all ages.This book is pack with action and drama.
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Review 10 for Holes
Overall Rating: 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Date:April 2, 2008
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Brad
Holes was great to read. It was written well.Louis Sachar did a fantastic job with this book.
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Review 11 for Holes
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:April 2, 2008
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Emerson
Holes is a very fun and great book. It has a pretty good story line and plot. This book would be a good experience for young readers.
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Review 12 for Holes
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:April 2, 2008
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Emerson
Holes was a cool book. The chapters were short, sweet, and to the point. It also kept my attention.
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Review 13 for Holes
Overall Rating: 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Date:November 7, 2007
"Holes" is very original, well-written and engaging... the plot was adventurous and unusual. It is a very interesting and captivating story.
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Review 14 for Holes
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:November 27, 2006
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Penelope
Great book! It has a great plot and fun characters.(But how did this book get on Christianbook.com??)
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