Saturday, November 1, 2008

Holes by Louis Sachar

Title: Holes

Author: Louis Sachar

# pages: 233

Date published: 1998

Genre: children’s book

Challenge(s): Shelfari LIO, Book Awards Challenge II, New Classics Challenge


(very good)

Setting: Texas

First Sentence:

“There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.”

What Is It About? Stanley Yelnats is a good boy in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets conviced of a crime that he didn’t commit. The judge sends Stanley to a juvenile detention center, Camp Green Lake, located in the Texas desert. Every day, each boy at Camp Green Lake is required to dig a hole that is five feet deep and five feet across. Stanley believes that there is more to Camp Green Lake that meets the eye and he eventually “digs up the truth.”

Fun tidbits:

  • Author’s Website:
  • Awards: Winner of the 1998 National Book Award for young people's literature and 1999 Newbery Award Winner
  • More info on the book including a great Q&A:
  • Disney Pictures adapted the book into a film starring Sigourney Weaver and Jon Voight
  • Lousi Sachar’s favorite authors: J.D. Salinger, Kurt Vonnegut, E.L. Doctorow, Margaret Atwood, E.B White, Richard Price and Kazuo Ishiguro.
  • It took Sachar about 18 months to write Holes.

Let’s give people a variety of opinions! If you've reviewed this book (or a book by this author), leave me a link to your review in the comments and I'll link to your review, too!


Maw Books said...

I loved this book. I read it in my pre-blog days, I'd love to reread it again just so I could review it! The movie is great too.

Jeane said...

I've read this book (and liked it) but I haven't written a review yet. I liked the film, too but the book was a bit more insightful.

Kristi said...

I'm going to have to see the movie. I think I'd like it.