Holes by: Louis Sachar

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Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption. Ages 10+

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, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five 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. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.

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HOLES is one of those Iconic young books it seems just about everyone has read and loved. However for the longest time it has been on my “iconic/classic books everyone has read but me” list. I have been wanting to read this for some time and finally got to mark it off my list. I can see why young kids especially boys like this book. It’s fun adventurous and full of excitement.  Holes is a good decently short book full of everything to keep a child’s attention including showing up some bad adults. Wonderfully written and completely enjoyable even to the kid in me. I’m glad I finally got to this one and will probably get a copy for my 11 year old boy. If you haven’t read it or have a young child who hasn’t I recommend this one!

 

 

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Louis Sachar (pronounced Sacker), 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 my 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. (Goodreads)

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