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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

Critic Reviews

  • 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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HOLES ROCKS!!!!

I love how the storyteller tells the story with expression.There is nothing wrong with the storytelling and the performance.I love this book too!!!!!
I recommend everyone who has Audible to download this book!If you do not have Audible, you can still read the book or download the app.

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Good family read!

This book was recommended by Audible for families. I had it in my wish list for this summer when I bring the grandkids up. But turns out I'm at my brother's. He's in a wheel chair. We listened together over two days and both enjoyed it. Wanted to give four and a half stars but didn't know how. Enjoy!

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classic story, enjoyable performance

I enjoyed this book just as much as I did 15 years ago when I first read it.

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Really good story.very intriguing.

The story is super good.it will get you to reading and reading.you will love the characters😄

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Kids loved it

Kept us entertained on longer drives. Fun book. My girls are 7 and 9 and they loved it

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  • FranLea
  • CARTHAGE, MO, US
  • 04-18-16

the most coolest book ever

This audio book is awesome it lets you create pictures of the scenes in the book in my opinion it's awesome

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Dark story about prison inappropriate for children

Disappointing story. My 8 year old didn't want to continue to listen after the 3rd chapter. Too much of the story is about curses and prison. Neither sci-fi nor believable. Dark and nonsensical book.

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Meh

I only got this Bc I have a test on it
Anyways I guess it's okay

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A fairy tale for all ages

This is a fairy tale complete with a family curse, buried treasure and evil villains. And like all good fairy tales it has something true to say about courage, friendship, and love.

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It is a young adult novel.

This tale won't build vocab, but it addresses moral and racial and generational tensions. I enjoyed it while hiking.