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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    i think the book is amazing because how luis sacher discribed the yellow spotted lizard, i just like the yellow spotted lizard

    9 January 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

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

    15 November 2014

  • loved it

    I have read this book for about more than 6 times. This book has LOTS of twists! i recommend everyone to read this!

    8 November 2014

  • not for me

    I love this book because it very different than other books.The plot is so amazing because who would think that the the family curse would be gone because of Hector and Stanley

    27 October 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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