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Holes by Louis Sachar

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Introduction

Summary I had just read a book called Holes by Louis Sachar, and was published by Dell Yearling in 1998. This story is about an innocent boy named Stanley Yelnats IV, whose name is very stand-out in his family, because every man in his family has this name except they are spelled differently from either frontward or backward. Stanley is a very quiet boy. Therefore, he has no friends in school and tends to be picked on because of his size all of the time. His family is very poor, and it is very reasonable to blame this cause on their great great grandfather. When Stanley's great great grandfather was still living, he had stolen a pig from a Gypsy, and as the result she had pressed a curse on him and among his descendents. Stanley is a very bad luck kid. He was mistakenly convicted for stealing a pair of Clyde Livingston shoes. ...read more.

Middle

Zero helps Stanley with the digging and whenever they are having free time Stanley would go on and teach Zero to read. The friendship between Stanley and Zero grows stronger by each day. Through digging holes, soon Stanley realizes that the warden is looking for something. They hustled the boys to stay digging holes later than usual. The warden soon has no more patience for what she is looking. Soon they make the boys to dig three holes that connected like a big crater in the ground. Mr. Sir doesn't like Zero and Stanley because he is mistakenly assuming that they are the one who had stealing his sunflower seeds. Mr. Sir wouldn't let any of the revenging opportunity slides. Mr. Sir makes harsh comments about Zero and his brainless head. Zero got his emotionally hurts and runs off into the desert. Mr. Sir soon deleted Zero's files like he was never at the camp before. Stanley was furious and mad at everyone for being so cold to Zero. ...read more.

Conclusion

I loved this book. The reason is because it's a unique and enjoyable story to read. I think the author, Louis Sachar, has done an amazing job to the book because it turned out to be a very original piece of writing. It has included quirky characters to make the reading more interesting for the readers. Sachar has done a very creative job with combining four different stories tied together into one. For instance, the main story is the one of Stanley Yelnats IV and his experiences at camp. Yet we also float with the story of Stanley Yelnats I who was robbed in the middle of the desert and survived by using "God's thumb"; there is Stanley's "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather" who got him into this mess in the first place; the sad story of Kissin' Kate Barlow, who robbed Stanley Yelnats I. These stories are incredibly floating together. Sachar also attached lots of humor to make the story sound funny. My opinion for this book is that it's a very cool book to read since it has all qualities of creative, interesting, adventurous, and mysterious. ...read more.

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