Winner of the National Book Award Holes has sold 8 million copies worldwide - over 1.5 million copies in the Bloomsbury edition alone This 10-year-anniversary edition contains additional material - it includes, for the first time, Stanley Yelnats' Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake
Louis Sachar lives in Austin, Texas, where he writes his novels. His novel Holes has sold over 1.5 million copies in the Bloomsbury edition alone. Louis is the recipient of many of the world's best-regarded book prizes, including the National Book Award and the Newbery Medal. Holes was the first Liverpool City Read title and won the Sheffield Book Award.
PW's starred review of the 1999 Newbery Medal winner described it as a "dazzling blend of social commentary, tall tale and magic realism." Ages 10-up. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
'Louis Sachar is one of the few masters of American fiction' Independent on Sunday 'A story of friendship with the cleverest plot twists, and descriptions so vivid you can feel the heat of Stanley's desert prison burning off the page ... A total must-read' The Times 'Unmistakably powerful' Philip Pullman 'One of those instant classics that adults, as well as children, will thoroughly enjoy' Independent on Sunday
Gr 5-8-Stanley Yelnats IV has been wrongly accused of stealing a famous baseball player's valued sneakers and is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention home where the boys dig holes, five feet deep by five feet across, in the miserable Texas heat. It's just one more piece of bad luck that's befallen Stanley's family for generations as a result of the infamous curse of Madame Zeroni. Overweight Stanley, his hands bloodied from digging, figures that at the end of his sentence, he'll "...either be in great physical condition or else dead." Overcome by the useless work and his own feelings of futility, fellow inmate Zero runs away into the arid, desolate surroundings and Stanley, acting on impulse, embarks on a risky mission to save him. He unwittingly lays Madame Zeroni's curse to rest, finds buried treasure, survives yellow-spotted lizards, and gains wisdom and inner strength from the quirky turns of fate. In the almost mystical progress of their ascent of the rock edifice known as "Big Thumb," they discover their own invaluable worth and unwavering friendship. Each of the boys is painted as a distinct individual through Sachar's deftly chosen words. The author's ability to knit Stanley and Zero's compelling story in and out of a history of intriguing ancestors is captivating. Stanley's wit, integrity, faith, and wistful innocence will charm readers. A multitude of colorful characters coupled with the skillful braiding of ethnic folklore, American legend, and contemporary issues is a brilliant achievement. There is no question, kids will love Holes.-Alison Follos, North Country School, Lake Placid, NY