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Stanley Yelnats was innocent. He never stole the shoes of the basketball player, but too bad, life isn't fair. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boy’s detention center--Camp Green Lake. It was odd that Camp Green Lake isn’t actually a lake. Well, it used to be a lake, but it’s not anymore. Right now, it’s like a desert. All of the water from the past has dried out, but the name is still Camp Green Lake. It is where boys are punished by being forced to dig holes that are exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. Some people said that if you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy. But that is not what the Warden at Camp Green Lake wanted. She wanted something that had sunk down into the water many years ago, and it was still there. Making the boys dig holes will help her to find what she wants. All of the boys did something bad, except for Stanley. He didn’t deserve to be digging holes all day with the other boys, but for the Warden, he was a big help. Without him, the Warden would never find the object that was buried under layers and layers of sand. What do you think that object was? If you want to know, you have to read the book, of course!

Oh! I almost forgot to introduce the author to you! The author of Holes is Louis Sachar. I don’t know about you, but I love his books! They are amazing! And also, Holes won the National Book Award, as well as many others. You may recognize his name as the writer of the Wayside School Stories and also There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom. Read Holes! You won’t be disappointed! It sounds like I am advertising, but it’s actually true! I can also introduce you to many more books that are good as well. Read my book reviews if you want to read more new books!

Holes by Louis Sachar. Yearling Books, 2000. Buy the book here and support Stone Soup in the process!

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