Holes pdf pdf Book Summary
Holes pdf Book by Louis Sachar. As the story goes, 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 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 tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.
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About Louis Sachar Author of Holes pdf Book
Louis Sachar (pronounced Sacker) Author of Holes pdf Book, born March 20, 1954, is an American author of children’s books.
Louis was born in East Meadow, New York, in 1954. When he was nine, he moved to Tustin, California. He went to college at the University of California at Berkeley and graduated in 1976, as an economics major. The next year, he wrote his first book, Sideways Stories from Wayside School .
He was working at a sweater warehouse during the day and wrote at night. Almost a year later, he was fired from the job. He decided to go to law school. He attended Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco.
His first book was published while he was in law school. He graduated in 1980. For the next eight years he worked part-time as a lawyer and continued to try to write children’s books. Then his books started selling well enough so that he was able to quit practicing law. His wife’s name is Carla. When he first met her, she was a counselor at an elementary school. She was the inspiration behind the counselor in There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom . He was married in 1985. Hisdaughter, Sherre, was born in 1987.
Holes pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Scholastic; 1st Scholastic Printing edition (January 1, 2000)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 233 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0439244196
- ISBN-13 : 978-0439244190
- Reading age : 9 – 12 years, from customers
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 7 x 5 x 1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.8 out of 5 stars 19,012 ratings
5.0 out of 5 stars Curse Shmurse. One of my instant favorites! Great story!
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2022
“If only, if only,” the woodpecker sighs,
The bark on the tree was a soft as the skies…”
You know, I really dig this book.
So, I do confess that I have watched the 2003 film countless times (hard to believe it is almost 20 years old…time flies) and so hearing that the film follows the book fairly closely there were no big surprises here. That still didn’t lessen the experience of a fantastic book. In fact, I would definitely say the book is a notch above for me and easily on of my favorites.
I have sort of a love/hate relationship with young adult type novels. Oftentimes, they are either way too over the top schmaltzy and dripping with too much sentimentalism and not enough meat on their bones, or they are the opposite: filled with pretentious, unlikable “too cool for school” characters who get on a reader’s nerves, or there is too much in the way of unnecessary language, violence, etc. to be labelled a “young adult.” There is none of this in Holes.
I’m sure everyone knows the basis of the story. Stanley Yelnuts inadvertently and mistakenly is sentenced to Camp Green Lake (ironic name) for his sentence. The boys at the facility are forced to give holes as a part of their “rehabilitation” and “character building.” But it seems clear that something is going on here.
To me this is the definitive young adult novel in that it is breaks from the tropes of many young adult fare. It is everything that is fantastic about a novel. It has not only an exceptional story line, but also has two other alternating stories interweaved brilliantly within the plot that tie into Stanley’s story, among one of a family curse from years ago because of Stanley’s “no good, rotten, pig-stealing” great grandfather.
Holes is heartfelt and inspiring and feels as much about overcoming, as friendship, importance of family, and coming to terms with tricky life situations. In a way it is a coming of age as well. There’s an innocent, naive quality to Stanley (who is our narrator) that is so refreshing and rewarding, and he’s easily someone you want to root for as you read about each upcoming predicament.
Fabulous book, and it has become an instant favorite for me!
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality paper of a classic
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2022
Quality paperback version of a classic from my childhood. Purchased as gift for my son who is an avid reader. I’m sure he’ll fly through it, but it’s a fun story. If you have a struggling reader this book is a great confidence builder.
5.0 out of 5 stars Justice eventually surfaces
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars Holds Readers’ Attention
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2022
I teach 5th grade and was looking for a book to finish the year with. I settled on Holes and am SO glad I did. I got most copies from our district, but needed to buy a couple myself so each student could have a book. The price on Amazon was the best I could find.
My students LOVED this book. Following the different time lines and constantly trying to guess what was going on was so much fun. We kept charts to follow each main character as the story developed. We talked about the repetitive phrases used and discussed figurative language. We learned about flashbacks and made inferences. The class would literally cheer when it was time to read and discuss the book. I chose to read several chapters aloud and others students read to themselves. This helps students stay caught up which helps us have authentic discussions about the book.
And of course—there is a movie to watch when finished. It is PG with some mild language, but we had permission slips signed and the kids loved the movie as well. It was a great way to wrap up reading for the year.
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