Throw Back Thursday - Holes by Louis Sachar

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck going back generations, so he is not too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre. Nor is he very surprised when he is told that his daily labor at the camp is to dig a hole, five foot wide by five foot deep, and report anything that he finds in that hole. The warden claims that it is character building, but this is a lie and Stanley must dig up the truth. In this wonderfully inventive, compelling novel that is both serious and funny, Louis Sachar has created a masterpiece that will leave all readers amazed and delighted by the author's narrative flair and brilliantly handled plot.

Throw Back Thursday is a post in which I talk about books that I loved and read as a child - and still remember fondly of today!  
Okay, I admit it. I didn't read this book on my own accord. I was in middle school when it came out and became so popular, but I wasn't that intrigued with the cover. It look like the book had something to do with the moon. I mean, look at the cover - it looks like it's the craters of the moon! And the starry sky in the background just adds to the effect. I know, I know - I shouldn't have judge the book by the cover, but I did, because I remember never even reading the synopsis on the back.
But when I was in seventh grade, we had to read it for lit class. So, I grudgingly picked it up. The first thing I realized was the Louis Sachar had written it. I didn't recognize the name so much, as the series he wrote - Wayside School. I read those book in maybe third grade and enjoyed every little story, so the fact that it was a writer that I was fond of was definitely a plus.
Luckily, I was immediately impressed by Stanley's eclectic family, as well as the strange boys of Camp Green Lake. The side characters, such as the Warden, added extra intrigue, and the little adventure/mystery at the center of the plot was pretty compelling. I was genuinely pleasantly surprised by the book itself. I'm pretty sure there isn't many people who haven't read this book by now, but you should definitely read it if you haven't already! It's a children's classic! 


  1. Love, love, looooove this book! I actually use it for mini-lessons in my realistic fiction unit, and my students love to listen to me read aloud from it. A book that at first seems stark and simple--my students find--is actually complex and satisfying with layers of symbolism. It may be my favorite middle grade book. :)

    1. I'm so happy that you're reading this to your class! It's always nice to see the really good books being taught to the younger generation. I hope they enjoy it as much as we did! =)

  2. Oh! I would have loved to read this back when I was in school! We never did, we mostly read boring stuff but at least we watched the movie and I have to say it's still one of my favorites. The idea was great and I loved every little thing about it ... I guess the book can only be better? I definitely should pick it up and read it, yeees!

    Your blog is AWESOME btw! All those little graphics and your introduction, the cats and everything else - very lovely! :D

    1. You definitely should give it a try when you get some free time. It's a nice, quick read, too. Luckily for you, the movie adaptation is a pretty good one. It's one of the rare one's that do the book justice.

      Thank you so much for your kind words! Your blog was awesome, too! =)