Stanley Yelnats’s family is dogged by bad luck; the fault of a gypsy curse put on his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather. And the curse strikes again when Stanley is found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit, and sent to a boot camp in the desert. The evil warden of the camp (who wears poisoned red nail polish – eek!) claims that digging a hole each day will turn a bad boy into a good boy. So every day, under the blazing sun, Stanley must dig a hole. Is that all there is to it – or must Stanley dig up the truth? You must have been living in a hole if you’ve not heard the hype about this book. Malorie Blackman loves it. So do we. And so will you.

Winner of the Newbery Medal.

“The most moving, exciting, thrilling book I’d read in a long, long time. I loved it.” Malorie Blackman

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  • okay

    this book was okay….. just a bit predictable but i liked the fact stanley and zero were connected more than they think…

    2 March 2015

  • loved it

    Doing this for school seemed a real bore.. but I love it!!! firstly it is an unusual style yet it works it is amazing how so many linked story lines fit together. It is also a book that leaves the reader guessing.. nothing is what it seemed!! I am 12 and love this book so does my 10- year-old brother- and my mum!!!! if you are age nine to adult you won’t be able to put it down.. believe me!!!

    2 March 2015

  • loved it

    it has a very happy ending but not for miss walker aka the warden cos she had to sell her land because despratley needed money also the land had been in the family for generations lol :) and the warden shame on her .

    1 March 2015

  • loved it

    It is an amazing book! there is always something happening in it! You never know what is going to happen. They all live very tough lives digging holes from 4:30am!

    16 November 2014

  • loved it

    This was a brilliant book about a boy who is very unlucky

    15 November 2014

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    Louis Sachar

    Louis Sachar is an award-winning author of over twenty-one books for children, and is best known for Holes, which won the prestigious Newbery Medal.


    Louis has won many awards including the 1999 Newbery and Caldecott awards – the most prestigious American awards in children’s literature for Holes.

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