Friday, 30 September 2011



By Louis Sachar


Stanley Yelnats IV (the fourth) is from a family of back luck. He is always in the wrong place, at the wrong time. When anything goes wrong, Stanley always blames his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather, the first Stanley Yelnats. He believes that he put a curse of bad luck on his family.

Stanley's family is poor and he is bullied everyday at school. He didn't like his life, but he just went with it.  But one day, when Stanley was walking home from school, a pair of red gym shoes hit him on the head, as if they had fallen from the sky. He was just underneath a bridge so somebody could have dropped them, but that seems unlikely to Stanley. Not knowing what to do Stanley took the shoes home, but before he knows it he is arrested for stealing the shoes. It turns out that they belonged to a famous athlete...

In court Stanley is given the choice of 18 months of jail, or 18 months at Camp Green Lake. Stanley had never been to camp before, so he chose Camp Green Lake.

But when the camp turns out to be a desert with no lake Stanley is confused, and when is new 'friends' names are X-Ray, Armpit, Zigzag, Magnet and Zero he is certain that Camp Green Lake is not a fun summer camp. Everyday Stanley and his new friends have to dig a hole 5 feet deep and 5 feet wide.

Nobody knows what they are looking for, but hole after hole Stanley starts to uncover a mystery that has been lying underneath Camp Green Lake for the past hundred years. It might even, just have something to do with the Yelnats' past as well...


I would like to start off my review of Holes by saying that I read it in Grade 3 and have already watched the movie many times (movie comparison and the end of the review). We were given Holes to read in English class this semester so I was really excited to reread it. I read it SUPER quickly this time though!

I think that Holes is a really good book that has many sides to it. It has a friendship side between Stanley and Zero (they become best friends) and we see how their friendship develops. Stanley has never had to dig holes before and his finds it really hard so, we get to read about what techniques he tries and how he finds it impossible to dig through the tough dirt. That shows a challenge side of the book. There is also the mystery side to the book...

I love all of the characters in the books, especially Stanley's friends at Camp Green Lake. They all have funny nicknames like Armpit and Magnet. It is also interesting to read about why all of the boys  at Camp Green Lake are there and what they did before they came to the camp. The boys make the book so much more fun to read because they are the strangest and weirdest characters in the book. They are always fooling around.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of the review it have watched the movie and wanted to do a short movie-book comparison. Here it is:

The movie is really well done and I think that is corresponds almost perfectly to the book, but there are moments in the movie when I think that maybe they could have made the scene a little longer or they could have added a couple of extra lines to make the view understand a little bit better.

Otherwise, everything is very well done: the clothes we worn exactly as they were mentioned in the book, and all of Stanley's friends looked exactly like the descriptions in the book. 

When you have a really good story, it's easy to make a really good movie. That is my conclusion.

P.S. I'm so sorry that I haven't gotten many reviews out this month. I had a very, very busy start to the school year, but now I'm back on track and you can expect a couple reviews next month!

Very, very, very strongly recommended to boys and girls ages 10-11+

It is a story that you will never forget...

233 pages

1 comment:

  1. If you were in this book, would your name be Gia Aig?!? I totally want to know what was under Green Lake....will you tell me or do I have to read the book?