Monday, December 10, 2007

130. Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes by Louis Sachar


Pages: 233
Finished: Dec. 9, 2007
Reason for Reading: Newbery Project
First Published: 1998
Awards: Newbery Medal
Genre: children
Rating: 5/5

First Sentence:

There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.


Comments: Stanley Yelnats is sent to Camp Green Lake after being convicted of a crime he did not commit. At Green Lake, the inmates must dig a 5ft (in every direction) hole each and every day. It is here at this unlikely place that Stanley meets his destiny. This was such a wonderful story! I can't believe I waited so long to read it. All the characters (especially Stanley and the other boys) were so interesting and I loved the flashbacks that brought Stanley's heritage together with his present and ultimately his destiny. An unusual tale with a heartwarming ending. Highly recommended.

9 comments:

  1. I REALLY need to read this book!! I picked up a copy at a library sale a few months back, but I just haven't found the time to read it. Looks like I need to make time!!

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  2. Yes, do. I think you'll really like it. It's a quick read too so you should be able to squeeze it in :-)

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  3. Oh, I love this one! And it's one of the few books that was made into a film that I enjoyed just as much! The only quibble I had with the film was that the character of Stanley was much slimmer than the one in the book (Hollywood has its rules, I suppose). This is definitely a book I plan to reread. Thanks for the review!

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  4. Darla, I haven't seen the movie yet and now I'm dying to see it. Can't wait!

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  5. I hadn't heard of this one until the movie.

    And my hats off to you for your insane reading habits! Are you up to a book-a-day or what?!

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  6. I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think of it!

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  7. hee,hee, john. I've been known to read a book in a day but not every day!

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  8. Thanks for the review. My book club is reading it this year, and I'm curious about how much I'll enjoy it. From your comments, it sounds very promising.

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  9. I love this book too! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it. I found this on the Saturday Review of Books.

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