HOLES by Louis Sachar
Series: Holes #1
Released: September 2, 2000
Page Count: 233
Rating: It was okay
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.
I’ve heard many good things about Holes over the years but never read it until this class. It was… okay. I wasn’t a huge fan and quite honestly could have gone the rest of my life without reading it – not because it was bad, but because I simply couldn’t bring myself to care. The story was too exaggerated for my taste.
Kids would like this book for the humor and the ridiculous level to which the camp takes its prisoners’ punishment. The family’s history could also be a draw. I don’t remember many of my friends being interested in this book, which came out when I was in middle school. The teachers and school librarian pushed it a lot, but most of us weren't interested. That’s been the same attitude I’ve seen in other kids at the library.