Wholly original and brilliantly plotted, Holes is a funny and poignant story about surviving. When Stanley Yelnats is falsely accused of stealing a pair of trainers, he is sent off to Camp Green Lake which is not a camp, not green and not near a lake but a boys’ detention centre in the middle of the desert. Every day every boy has to dig a hole five foot deep and five foot across because, the Warden says, it’s good for them. How Stanley survives and proves that the Warden has a different and far more sinister motive for wanting so many holes to be dug unravels in unexpected and wholly satisfying ways.
Roddy Doyle was our Guest Editor in 2011 and chose Holes as one of his favourite books... "Boys in jail – a great idea. The jail has no roof and they have to dig huge holes in the baking sun all day – it’s getting even better. I read Holes in hospital a few years ago. I wasn’t ill, and was only there for the day. I actually forgot I was in hospital, the book was so good. I had about ten pages left when a nurse told me I could go home. I was half-hoping she’d tell me I’d have to stay longer, so I could finish the book."
Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. Find more books that we think are great for reluctant readers here.
Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck, so when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre (which isn't green and doesn't have a lake) he is not surprised. Every day he and the other inmates are told to dig a hole, five foot wide by five foot deep, reporting anything they find. The evil warden claims that it is character building, but this is a lie and Stanley must dig up the truth.
Wonderfully inventive, compelling and hilarious, Louis Sachar has created a masterpiece.
This multi-million bestseller now in an exciting new package ahead of the publication of Sachar's newest 9-11 fiction titleFuzzy Mud (publishing August 2015)
Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion one of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members was also lucky enough to read and review this title.
'Holes is one of those instant classics that adults, as well as children over eight, will thoroughly enjoy. Sachar has created something quite different from JK Rowling or Philip Pullman, but no less enchanting' Independent on Sunday
'If you want a witty, moving read that grabs you and never lets up, look no further than Holes' The Daily Telegraph
'Forget the fame and glamour of Holes, the movie and the rest. Just remember Camp Green Lake and that story that gave us one of the best books of the last ten years' Books for Keeps
'This is a story of friendship with the cleverest of plot twists, and descriptions so vivid you can feel the heat of Stanley's desert prison burning off the page. A total must-read' The Times
'Totally absorbing and beautifully written' The Bookseller
Publication date: 07/05/2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
|Publication date:||7th May 2015|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Reluctant Readers, eBooks|
|Other Categories:||Bookshelf Essentials, Reviewed by Children|
Julia Eccleshare, our very own editorial expert as well as Children's Books Editor of the Guardian says of Louis: Best-selling author Louis Sachar took the world by storm with Holes, his remarkable story about a group of boys in a reform camp. But he deserves to be just as famous and popular for his many other books which display his hallmark qualities of warmth, empathy and understanding of all kinds of young readers but especially those whose lives have gone a bit awry. Young readers are immediately attracted to Louis Sachar’s novels for his great and unusual stories ...More About Louis Sachar