Holes

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Holes

Winner of the 1999 Newbery Medal

Well, I can't imagine that you haven't heard of this one or at least seen the movie. But for anyone who hasn't read this, just go get it. When kids come in dragging their heels with the assignment to read a Newbery winner, this is the Newbery winner they just might like. The inmates at Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention facility in the Texas desert, are digging holes

Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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Winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award! This #1 New York Times bestseller is a modern classic that will remind readers that adventure is right around the corner--or just under your feet!

Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.

It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.---from the publisher

Keywords: adventure, juvenile detention, working together, humor, crime, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old, Newbery Medal

Sequel: Small Steps

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I love this one! Zero is my favorite.
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When I first picked up Holes, I had no idea how deep this book would really be. It's realistic fiction, yes, but interspersed with almost fairy-tale like elements that keep the realism from being too gritty. It's hard to read at times because of how much you feel for Stanley and his plight, but stick with it and you will be amazed at how all the various plot threads come together. This is storytelling at its finest, miraculously clever, and fully deserving of all the hype and awards it has garnered. And the best part is, it hasn't aged a day. If you have never read this one, you have a "Holes" shaped-hole in your heart that needs filling. Highly recommended.
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I read this book because it was very exciting and it got me hooked into it when I was in the first few pages. I would read this book if I were you.
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this book is a clif hanger and mistyris
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This book is about a boy named Stanley Yelnats. He got send to a ¨camp¨ that was like prison. All Because something he didn´t do. At the camp he has to dig holes 5 feet wide, and 5 feet deep. I like this book because it´s funny and adventures. Have fun reading it!!!!
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