Saturday, August 18, 2012


Holes by Louis Sachar
Newberry Award winner, plus lots of other awards!

Stanley Yelnats is completely innocent, but still going to Camp Green Lake, a boys detention center.   On top of that, he is under a curse that started with his "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather."   Not only is there NOT a lake at the camp, but he also has to spend his days digging holes bigger than he is.  As he spends his days "character building", he meets several boys with names like X-ray, Zero, and Squid.

Then, one day, Stanley finds something in his hole.  He shows it to his mentor, and gets the rest of the day off!   Stanley begins to wonder why they are digging holes, what was it that he really found, and what is the camp warden really looking for?

I can see a lot of boys really liking this book!  The humor is great and the dialogue is really witty.  Connections and mysteries build and unfold throughout the book.  Nothing even remotely girly about this book!  A lot of guys could find similarities with Stanley.

Stanley is a great character because he is very much like a real kid.  He's overweight, used to being bullied, and not very confident in himself at first.  His growth is gradual, and believable.  As he make decisions, he sees the consequences and has to live with them.

Overall, this was a pretty good book.  I had a hard time getting into it at first, but that might have been because I tried to listen to it on CD.  Definitely read this!  I had a great time reading it!

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