Holes (Holes Series #1) (Paperback)
Sachar's storytelling is unforgettable in this gripping tale of Stanley Yelnats (yes, his last name is his first name spelled backwards), who's family's curse lands him in an eerie detention center with a big secret that goes back generations. Each day, the boys dig one hole - 5 feet deep and 5 feet wide - which begs the question: Is the Warden looking for something or is it just her twisted sense of justice? During his sentence at Camp Green Lake, Stanley and the other campers will leave dozens of holes across the barren desert, but the one place you won't find any is in Sachar's plotting!
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 BEST YA BOOKS OF ALL TIME
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.
Louis Sachar is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Holes, which won the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Christopher Award, as well as Stanley Yelnats' Survival to Camp Green Lake; Small Steps, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award; and The Cardturner, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a Parents' Choice Gold Award recipient, and an ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book. His books for younger readers include There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, The Boy Who Lost His Face, Dogs Don't Tell Jokes, and the Marvin Redpost series, among many others.
Winner of the National Book Award
#1 New York Times Bestseller
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 Review
"There is no question, kids will love Holes." —School Library Journal, Starred Review
"[A] rugged, engrossing adventure." —Kirkus Reviews
"This delightfully clever story is well-crafted and thought-provoking." —VOYA
"[Sachar] comes fully, brilliantly into his own voice. This is a can't-put-it-down read." —The Bulletin