A modern classic . . . from the New York Times bestselling author who has been recognized with the Newbery Award as well as the National Book Award!
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.
Includes a double bonus: an excerpt from Small Steps, the follow-up to Holes, as well as an excerpt from Louis Sachar’s new middle-grade novel, Fuzzy Mud.
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
WINNER 1999 - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
WINNER 1999 - ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
WINNER 1999 - ALA Notable Children's Book
NOMINEE 2001 - Arizona Young Readers Award
WINNER 2000 - Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award
WINNER 2002 - Florida Sunshine State Book Award
WINNER 2001 - Hawaii Nene Award
WINNER 2002 - Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award
WINNER 2001 - Kansas William White Award
WINNER 2000 - Maine Student Book Award
WINNER 2001 - Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award
WINNER 2000 - Massachusetts Children's Book Award
WINNER 2001 - Missouri Mark Twain Award
WINNER 2001 - New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award
WINNER 2001 - New Mexico Land of Enchantment Book Award
WINNER 2001 - North Dakota Flicker Tale Children's Book Award
WINNER 2001 - Ohio Buckeye Children's Book Award
WINNER 2001 - Oklahoma Sequoyah Children's Book Award
WINNER 2002 - Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award
WINNER 2000 - Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award
WINNER 1999 - Texas Lone Star Reading List
WINNER 2000 - Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fischer Book Award
WINNER 2001 - Washington Evergreen Young Adult Book Award
WINNER 2001 - Wisconsin Golden Archer Book Award
WINNER 2001 - Wyoming Indian Paintbrush Award
WINNER 2000 - Kentucky Bluegrass Award
WINNER - Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award
WINNER - South Dakota Prairie Pasque Award
WINNER 1999 - Newbery Medal Winner
WINNER 2012 - Scholastic Parent & Child 100 Greatest Books for Kids
WINNER 2012 - TimeOutNewYorkKids.com 50 Best Books for Kids
NOMINEE - New York State Three Apples Award
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.
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