by Louis Sachar

Reading Age: 10+

Interest level: 10+

by Louis Sachar

Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck, so he is not entirely surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to the Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre in the middle of the Texan desert. There is in fact no lake there at all and not much green either. Stanley soon discovers that his work at the camp will be to dig a deep hole each day, and to report back about anything he finds there. Stanley gets to work - but he soon discovers there's more to the task he's been given than merely an exercise in character-building.


This witty, inventive and utterly compelling novel from Louis Sacharis a must-read for children and adults too. A deft mixture of seriousness and humour, it is told in a direct, simple style that belies the clever construction of Sachar's powerful narrative.


Publisher: Bloomsbury

About the author

  • Louis Sachar

    Louis Sachar lives in Austin, Texas, where he writes his novels and plays quite a lot of Bridge. His novel Holes has sold over 1.5 million copies in the Bloomsbury edition alone, and Louis is the recipient of many of the world's best regarded book prizes, including the National Book Award and the Newbery Award.

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Average rating: 4/5

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Thrilling and entertaining. This is one of my favourite books I read in school. Me and my guided reading group really enjoyed this book. I felt sad for Stanley Yelnats

Rating: 5 star
6 June 2017

Really exciting with a good storyline.

Rating: 5 star
7 March 2017

Dark, enchanting and way more. This is a incredible piece of work and I could not put it down if I tried, it had some magnetic force... Anyhow, I would recommend this to any teen or an incredible reader

Rating: 5 star
A ginger boy
19 May 2016

LOVE this book. I read it in school and did some literacy work on it!! it's just such a pageturner

Rating: 4 star
12 May 2016

I like the book, it's good, read it before in second year

Rating: 4 star
24 April 2016

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