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Holes | [Louis Sachar]

Holes

Stanley Yelnats isn't so surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to a juvenile detention center. After all, his family has been ridden with bad luck ever since a one-legged gypsy put a curse on his great-great grandfather. He is told that the hard labor he must perform, digging five-foot holes in the dried up soil where Green Lake once sat, is meant to build character. But it soon becomes clear to Stanley that the warden is really using the boys to search for something very valuable.
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Publisher's Summary

Stanley Yelnats isn't so surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to a juvenile detention center. After all, his family has been ridden with bad luck ever since a one-legged gypsy put a curse on his great-great grandfather. He is told that the hard labor he must perform, digging five-foot holes in the dried up soil where Green Lake once sat, is meant to build character. But it soon becomes clear to Stanley that the warden is really using the boys to search for something very valuable. The story of the hidden treasure, along with the warden, Stanley's friend Zero, and the curse on the Yelnats family are all part of a compelling puzzle that has taken generations to unravel.

Holes is the 1999 Newbery Medal winner for most distinguished American children's book.

©1998 Louis Sachar; (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Medal Winner, 1999

"A brilliant achievement. There is no question, kids will love Holes." (School Library Journal)
"Sachar inserts humor that gives the suspense steep edges; the tone is as full of surprises as the plot." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Beyer's buoyant, boyish manner ensures that Sachar's witty novel, winner of both the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, makes a smooth transition to audio." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jannice Sugar Land, TX, USA 11-20-03
    Jannice Sugar Land, TX, USA 11-20-03
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    "Holes"

    Excellent story, well told. I couldn't quite give it 5-stars because I thought the narration was a bit stilted. But the story held my interest all the way through - the mixture of past and present was woven together well and tied up the loose ends very nicely.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    David Superior, NE, USA 04-28-04
    David Superior, NE, USA 04-28-04 Member Since 2004
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    "A Wonderful and Enduring Story"

    Holes has been one of those classic stories that people tend to remember for years after they have read it. This is a marvelous tale about the interconnectedness of life, in which things that have happened in far-away places and times start a sort of karmic chain of events that ultimately comes full-circle and has life-changing consequences for our young protagonist. Old debts must be paid and old wrongs must be righted before Stanley Yelnats will be able to gain his freedom from Camp Green Lake. This is a great listen for children, young adults and grown-ups.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dale 01-13-06
    Dale 01-13-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Fun Read"

    This is an excellent audible book. I truly enjoyed the manner in which it was read by the narrator. The charachters were interesting, and well developed, and the plot was engaging. I highly recommend this read, especially for a young adult/pre-teen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer West Des Moines, IA, United States 09-15-04
    Jennifer West Des Moines, IA, United States 09-15-04 Member Since 2004
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    "An unexpected delight!"

    The title of this book always left me uninterested. But since it was so incredibly popular with kids I decided I should check it out and it is terrific! The narrator captures the spirit of Stanley Yelnats perfectly and you can't turn it off. The ending is a pretty neat and it really illustrates the old cliche "what comes around goes around." I recommend this for young and old alike.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Boulder, CO, United States 04-28-13
    Kim Boulder, CO, United States 04-28-13 Listener Since 2005
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    "The Story is Awesome, Read the Book Instead."
    What disappointed you about Holes?

    The story was great, the major let down was the awful narration. The characters did NOT come to life and truly suffered for it in this retelling. The narrator's lack of diversity and passion really made a great story drag. The singing in particular was bland and did not capture the very poignant moment in the story that the song represents. Really a shame.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story itself is great, the way that everything is interwoven is fabulous. Sachar is known for being witty and fun, this look at a more serious tale still had the lighthearted style of Sachar while presenting a more somber narrative.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd say read the book, skip the audible version, it will be a much better experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marina Cisneros-Sicle Miami, FL, US 09-30-13
    Marina Cisneros-Sicle Miami, FL, US 09-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Holes the most enjoyable?

    At the beginning may not sound so interesting but give it a chance. I was glue to the headphones. It made my workout a lot more interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unexpected ending


    What does Kerry Beyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the book comes alive


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    not at the first glance, but after chapter #4 I was hooked


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Saginaw, MI, United States 06-20-12
    Rick Saginaw, MI, United States 06-20-12
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    "Great Narration of a Great Story"

    There are so many important issues raised in this story, and yet the author avoids preachiness or moralizing. It's no wonder this book has won awards.

    The narrator perfectly captures the slacker voice, bringing Stanley and the other boys to life. This is marvelous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Teresa CALEXICO, CA, United States 03-27-12
    Maria Teresa CALEXICO, CA, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "It was great!"

    I really enjoyed the book. My students loved the story and we answered questions at the end of every chapter. I love the bookmark feature - makes teaching it a lot easier.

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    Christine Kutz 01-06-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful read"

    Truly an entertaining book. Somewhat funny, an interesting and a well developed story. The only thing wrong with it is that it ended too soon.

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    Bev Alton, IL, USA 09-06-07
    Bev Alton, IL, USA 09-06-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Fun, fast read. Loved IT!"

    What a great book! All the kids in my family love it and so do I! The narrator is great, and the story is very, very fun.

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