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Louis Sachar - Holes


Holes by Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar's much talked-about book HOLES, originally published in the USA in 1998, was the recipient of countless awards, including the National Book Award, the Newbery Medal and "Best Book of the Year" awards from Publisher's Weekly, The New York Times and School Library Journal, and was finally made into a film.

Stanley Yelnats is a troubled boy who is sent to a boys' detention centre, Camp Green Lake. The warden tells the boys that they must dig holes in order to "build character." But Stanley soon realizes that this isn't the real reason why they're being subjected to such treatment. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something --- and Stanley will do his best to dig up the truth.

The book is seen as a “crossover” book, and was chosen by Liverpool for its City read in 2004. One reviewer there said

“it delicately balances so many elements – Stanley’s history, the camp, his friendship with a quiet but thoughtful boy nicknamed Zero, a legendary female bank robber named Kissin’ Kate Barlow and a mess of very creepy yellow spotted lizards – without anything feeling forced. All the pieces of the story fit together effortlessly. So seamlessly, in fact, that when it’s finished, you realize that it couldn’t have ended any other way.”