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Book Review: Holes

Another review from one of my two favorite guest posters (well, one of only two guest posters so far!)!! Today’s featured book is Holes by Louis Sachar reviewed by my 14 yo. This was another required reading book for both my kids, and both of them enjoyed the read. This is my daughter’s take on the book.

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The Book Review


Book Info


Title: Holes
Author: Louis Sachar
Publishers: Scholastic Book Services
Pub Date: January 1st 1998
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Age-Range: 10+
Source: Home library

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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 Yelnatses. 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.

(Not) My Thoughts

After getting in trouble for a crime he didn’t commit, Stanley Yelnats gets sent to a boys detention camp. His grandfather blames this on a family curse that was started generations ago but he still believes it exists. The camp Stanley gets sent to is unusual as all the boys have to digs holes, 5 foot long, and 5 foot wide. They say it is a punishment to “build character” but after finding something “good” (in the eyes of the warden), Stanley realizes that it was more than just to build character and the warden was looking for something special. 

This book was overall a great read. All the characters were very interesting and there were a lot of ideas in the book that were “tied” to each other in the end. The friendships formed in the book were also very fun to read about and the ending was nice.

(Now) My Thoughts

Another book I keep planning to read and have never done so yet. I did see the movie though and loved it!

In Summary

A worthwhile addition to any library!

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Book Review: Holes

Would You Rather

Today’s WYR

Would you rather go to the lake in the mountains or to an oasis in the desert?

Lake in the mountains for me (but I am guessing an oasis in the desert will be more welcome)!

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6 thoughts on “Book Review: Holes

  1. WOW Holes sounds like a book my 11 year old g-grandson would enjoy! I’ll take the lake in the mountains, we love going to the mountain get-away and just relax by the stream it no lake.

  2. I’ve read the book and I saw the movie. They used to play a song from it on Disney Channel all the time when I was a kid. I loved this book when my class read it in fifth grade I think. This is a kids’ classic and for a great reason.

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