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Stanley Yelnats is sentenced to dig holes at Camp Green Lake detention centre for stealing a pair of trainers. Stanley's quest to discover what he is digging for leads to danger and adventure and to a confrontation with his family's past.

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ISBN 9780007114511
Published 1 January 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers
Format Hardback, School ed
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Author(s) By Sachar, Louis
Series Collins Readers
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ISBN-13 9780007114511
ISBN-10 0007114516
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Collins Educational
Publication Date 1 January 2008
International Publication Date 20 March 2001
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, School ed
Edition School ed
Author(s) By Sachar, Louis
Series Collins Readers
Category Award Winning
English Language Readers
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 192mm
Weight 302g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
NBS Text School Textbooks & Study Guides: Literature, Arts & Humanities
ONIX Text Primary & secondary/elementary & high school
Dewey Code 428.62
Catalogue Code 31741

Description of this Book

Highly praised tale of crime and punishment, friendship and betrayal. When Stanley Yelnats is sentenced to dig holes at Camp Green Lake, his quest to discover what he is digging for leads to danger, adventure and a confrontation with his family's past. Stanley Yelnats' sentence is to dig hole after hole in the burning desert at a juvenile detention centre like no other. As his story unfolds, so does that of his ancestors. Will Stanley be able to dig up the truth before he falls victim to the family curse? The novel is rich in descriptive detail, and tackles such important issues as crime and punishment, family and literacy. There are many opportunities for study of character, themes and subplot, and an examination of the book in conjunction with the film would provide a number of multimedia opportunities. Winner of the 1999 Newbery Medal, Holes is a truly remarkable novel that has captured the imagination of a generation of readers.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
NZ Review 'An essential read for young people ! I cannot wait to try it out in the classroom.' The English and Media Magazine 'A story of friendship with the cleverest of plot twists, and description so vivid you can feel the heat of Stanley's desert prison burning off the page. A total must-read.' The Times 'dazzling blend of social commentary, tall tale and magic realism.' Publishers Weekly 'There is not one false sentence.' Independent on Sunday 'Part comic delivery, part mystery story, part rumination on the justice system, part larger-than-life fable, it's a fabulous little book.' The Book Bag 'projects magnetic attraction for boys, but make sure the girls don't miss out on it.' Betsy Hearne, The New York Times 'at once extremely serious and outrageously funny' Kidsreads.co.uk
US Review Sentenced to a brutal juvenile detention camp for a crime he didn't commit, a wimpy teenager turns four generations of bad family luck around in this sunburnt tale of courage, obsession, and buried treasure from Sachar (Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, 1995, etc.). Driven mad by the murder of her black beau, a schoolteacher turns on the once-friendly, verdant town of Green Lake, Texas, becomes feared bandit Kissin' Kate Barlow, and dies, laughing, without revealing where she buried her stash. A century of rainless years later, lake and town are memories - but, with the involuntary help of gangs of juvenile offenders, the last descendant of the last residents is still digging. Enter Stanley Yelnats IV, great-grandson of one of Kissin' Kate's victims and the latest to fall to the family curse of being in the wrong place at the wrong time; under the direction of The Warden, a woman with rattlesnake venom polish on her long nails, Stanley and each of his fellow inmates dig a hole a day in the rock-hard lake bed. Weeks of punishing labor later, Stanley digs up a clue, but is canny enough to conceal the information of which hole it came from. Through flashbacks, Sachar weaves a complex net of hidden relationships and well-timed revelations as he puts his slightly larger-than-life characters under a sun so punishing that readers will be reaching for water bottles. Good Guys and Bad get just deserts in the end, and Stanley gets plenty of opportunities to display pluck and valor in this rugged, engrossing adventure. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Louis Sachar was born in New York and has published many successful children's books in the USA. Holes was the first of his novels to be published in the UK with tremendous success, both in schools and at home. There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom is the second of his novels to be published in Britain.

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