Saturday, 9 January 2010

Holes by Louis Sacher

Wow! Another amazing book! I read this book because my friend recommended it to me and then when I saw it in Waterstone's I bought it with my Christmas money.

The book is about a boy called Stanley Yelnats (notice anything strange about the name?) who was accused of a crime that he did not commit. Stanley was given the choice between going to jail or going to a detention centre for boys called Camp Green Lake. In the end he chooses Camp Green Lake. Everyday the boys have to dig a hole five foot wide by five foot deep to help build their character and turn them good. The boys have all strange nicknames for each other such as Armpit and X-Ray.

This book is set in Texas and the area it's set in is the only place around where there is any water.

The book goes back and forth between the present and the past giving clues about how everything is going to work out. At the end everything comes together and makes sense. The Warden says that digging the holes is character building but before long the boys realise they must dig up truth of what's happened.

I loved every second of reading this book and couldn't stop reading it - finishing it in a day. The only bad thing about this novel is when you finish it and have to stop reading!

The funny thing about reading this is that I have started reading it as my class reader in English! I would give this book a 10 out f 10.



  1. Yup. This book was good too. Are you going to buy me the sequel? I'm sure you've got more money than me! Mx

  2. Oh, I just love unputdownable books like that! Great review, Dot.


  3. This is one of my favourite books, I couldn't put it down, even had to do the ironing one-handed!

  4. I love this book! They made a movie of it, too. But I prefer my own imagination of the story. I love your blog. I'm a teacher in Holland and I am encouraging children to read beautiful books. Maybe I can start a blog with my class so my pupils can write down there reviews. Did you read The indian in the cupboard from Lynne Reid Banks? It's one of my favourites! Marian