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.
"A Wonderful and Enduring Story"
Wayside School was supposed to be 30 classrooms, one story high. But by mistake, it was built straight up - 30 stories. And that's not all that's funny here!
Bradley Chalkers IS the oldest kid in the fifth grade. He tells enormous lies. He picks fights with girls. No one likes him - except Carla, the new school counselor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren’t afraid to try. But when you feel like the most-hated kid in the whole school, believing in yourself can be the hardest thing in the world....
"I loved it"
Two years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin, Texas, trying to turn his life around. But it's hard when you have a record, and everyone expects the worst from you. The only person who believes in him is Ginny, his 10-year-old disabled neighbor. Together, they are learning to take small steps. And he seems to be on the right path, until X-Ray, a buddy from Camp Green Lake, comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme.
"Wonderful, as always"
Fifth-grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh-grader Marshall Walsh have been walking to and from Woodridge Academy together since elementary school. But their routine is disrupted when bully Chad Hilligas challenges Marshall to a fight. To avoid the conflict, Marshall takes a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. Tamaya, unaware of the reason for the detour, reluctantly follows. They soon get lost. And then they find trouble - bigger trouble than anyone could ever have imagined.
"best book ever"
The summer after junior year of high school looks bleak for Alton Richards. His girlfriend has dumped him to hook up with his best friend. He has no money and no job. His parents insist that he drive his great-uncle Lester to his bridge club four times a week and be his cardturner—whatever that means. Alton’s uncle is old, blind, very sick, and very rich.
"Definitely worth the time.."
Newbery Award-winning author Louis Sachar is the creator of the entertaining Marvin Redpost books as well as the much-loved There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, winner of 17 child-voted state awards. Louis Sachar’s book Holes, winner of the 1999 Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, is also an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Quick Pick, an ALA Notable Book, and was made into a major motion picture.
Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck, so when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre (which isn't green and doesn't have a lake), he is not surprised. Every day he and the other inmates are told to dig a hole, five feet wide by five feet deep, reporting anything they find. The evil warden claims that it is character building, but this is a lie, and Stanley must dig up the truth.
De familie van Stanley Yelnats wordt achtervolgd door pech. Stanley is dan ook niet verbaasd als hij naar Camp Green Lake, een strafkamp voor jongens, wordt gestuurd. Anders dan deze naam doet vermoeden is er helemaal geen meer; dat is al lang geleden opgedroogd. De jongens moeten ieder elke dag een gat graven van anderhalve meter diep en anderhalve meter doorsnee in de drooggevallen bodem van het meer.
Angeline could read before she was old enough to turn the pages of a book, and she mastered the piano without a single lesson. But being so clever doesn't make life easy for Angeline. Mean kids at school call her a 'genius freak', and her dad seems a bit worried about how to look after her. It is not until she makes friends with a boy who tells the best jokes, and a teacher who loves tropical fish, that things start to get better in some surprising ways for Angeline.
"Awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, stupendously good"
When Laura Sibbie starts a secret club at school she calls it Pig City, after the funny hat she always wears. To make sure that none of the members tells anyone else about the club, Laura makes them give her something totally embarrasing as 'insurance'. She promises to keep the insurance secret - unless someone talks about Pig City.
If you go down to the woods today... Well, all children know not to, don't they? Tamaya is on a scholarship to the prestigious Woodridge Academy, and every day she and seventh-grader Marshall walk to school together. They never go through the woods. And when they arrive at school, they stop talking to each other - because Marshall can't be seen to be friends with a little kid like Tamaya. Especially not with Chad around. Chad-the-bully, who makes Marshall's life utterly miserable.
Als Marshall und Tamaya auf dem Nachhauseweg eine Abkürzung durch den Wald einschlagen, geraten sie in ein Schlammloch mit giftigen Erregern. Die Jugendlichen stecken sich dabei lebensbedrohlich an und lösen eine rasante Infektionswelle in Heath Cliff aus. Um sie einzudämmen und ihren Ursprung zu finden, wird eilig ein Untersuchungsausschuss einberufen. Schon bald zeigt sich das Ausmaß der Katastrophe und die Hilflosigkeit der Regierung. Was kann Heath Cliff retten?