by Louis Sachar (Author)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Holes

Dig deep in this award-winning, 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.

A smart jigsaw puzzle of a novel. --New York Times

*Includes a double bonus: an excerpt from Small Steps, the follow-up to Holes, as well as an excerpt from the New York Times bestseller Fuzzy Mud.

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Publisher's Weekly

With an ever-so-slight Texas twang, Beyer transports listeners to barren, blistering-hot Camp Green Lake, the juvenile correctional facility where Stanley Yelnats is serving a sentence he doesn't deserve. If it weren't for lousy luck, Stanley would have no luck at all--a condition that his family traces to Stanley's ""no-good dirty-rotten pig-stealing great-great-grandfather."" Stanley toughs out his time with an unflagging sense of humor, considering he and his fellow offenders must each dig a hole five feet wide and five feet deep every day with little water and the constant threat of poisonous lizards. But as Stanley gets into the swing of things, he and his new pal Zero discover that the warden actually has them digging for buried treasure--treasure that is somehow linked to the Yelnats family curse. Beyer's buoyant, boyish manner ensures that Sachar's witty novel, winner of both the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, makes a smooth transition to audio. The short chapters breeze along for a thoroughly entertaining listen. Ages 8-up. (May)

Copyright 2000 Publisher's Weekly LLC. Used with Permission.

Review quotes

A New York Public Library's 100 Great Children's Books 100 Years selection

"A dazzling blend of social commentary, tall tale and magic realism."
—Publishers Weekly, Starred

"There is no question, kids will love Holes."—School Library Journal, Starred

This book is amazing!

Again this book was amazing and it really made me feel like I was there. I recommend this book to any interested readers.

Louis Sachar
Louis Sachar is the bestselling author of the award-winning novel Holes, as well as Small Steps, The Cardturner, Stanley Yelnats' Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake, There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, The Boy Who Lost His Face, Dogs Don't Tell Jokes, and the rest of the Marvin Redpost series, among many others. Visit him at louissachar.com.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Laurel Leaf Library
Publication date
May 20, 2000
BISAC categories
JUV039000 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | General
Library of Congress categories
Homeless persons
Buried treasure
Juvenile delinquency
Treasure troves
Newbery Medal
Winner 1999 - 1999
Garden State Children's Book Awards
Winner 2001 - 2001

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