Holes by Louis Sachar’s is a cool book. Stanley Yelnats is an unusual
hero-dogged by bad luck coming from an ancient family curse. He is overweight,
and unlikely to stick up for himself when challenged by the class bully; even
though he is a really big kid for his age. He was in the wrong place, at the
wrong time when a stolen pair of shoes lands on him after being thrown over an
over pass. Stanley later realizes they are Clyde Livingston shoes, the famous
baseball player. Stanley is unfairly sentenced to months of detention at Camp
Green Lake in Texas, where he’s forced to dig one hole in the rock-hard desert
soil every day. The hole must be exactly five feet in diameter, the distance
from the tip of his shovel to the top of the wooden handle. Each boy is forced
to dig until his hole is completed, no matter how long it takes. Stanley soon
begins to question why the warden is so interested in anything
“special” the boys find. According to the warden the digging
“builds character but she has something else in mind. At the camp,
Stanley meets Zero, the boy that committed the boy that committed the crime that
Stanley was blamed for, for this was a fortunate event for Stanley becuase it
allowed him to break the ancient curse that was bringing him bad luck. the boy
that committed the crime that Stanley was blamed for. But their ancestors had
met before more than a 100 yeas ago lake. A curse was set on Stanleys hole
family because the ancestor disobeyed Zeros ancestor. The curse was that
Stanleys family would get bad luck but the they broke it by doing what
Zeros ancestor asked Stanley’s ancestor to do. Then Stanley finally found out
that Kate Barlow, a famous robber had buried her treasure on the lake.and that
is what the warden had looked for the whole time. Stanley was freed and his
horrible curse was broken. I liked how the author combined 3 stories in to one
by telling about the past and present. Louis Sachar’s made the story interesting
adding an interesting twist with the curse being broken.

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