Holes

Summary:

Stanley Yelnats IV, an overweight boy, is unlucky due to a family "curse." He is wrongly convicted of stealing baseball player Clyde Livingston’s shoes from a charity auction and is sentenced to 18 months at Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention facility. Inmates are forced to dig holes to “build character." In his hole, Stanley finds a lipstick tube inscribed with the initials "KB," and the origins of the family curse. But does he have the knowledge and courage to break it? 


BTSYA / Teen Reader:
Holes was thoroughly entertaining as it moved at a quick pace and really kept the reader confused till the climax. Sachar found a way to weave three separate stories into the same book: one with the Yelnats and their curse, another with Zero and his history, as well as the most begging question, “Why are we really digging these holes?” A quick read for any age, young boys will especially enjoy this book due to its kid-friendly nature as well as the strong moral compass guiding it.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Young readers will love the fast pace and action that underlie the story. The reading level makes it an excellent choice for struggling or dormant readers in middle and high school, too.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This fast-paced story combines mystery, friendship, and life lessons.
Reading Level:
4.1
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 to 13
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This is a great book and one teens can come back to, especially if they read other stories in the collection.

Title Holes
Author Louis Sachar
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux © 2008
ISBN 9780374332662
Material Hard Cover
Genres Friendship, Coming of Age, Children's Classics
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