Winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award! This #1 New York Times bestselling, modern classic in which boys are forced to dig holes day in and day out is now available with a splashy new look.
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.
It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.
Includes a double bonus: an excerpt from Small Steps, the follow-up to Holes, as well as an excerpt from Louis Sachar’s new middle-grade novel, Fuzzy Mud.
“A smart jigsaw puzzle of a novel.” –The New York Times
WINNER OF THE BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK AWARD
A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE CHILDREN’S BOOK
SELECTED FOR NUMEROUS BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR AND ALA HONORS
From Publishers Weekly
PW’s starred review of the 1999 Newbery Medal winner described it as a “dazzling blend of social commentary, tall tale and magic realism.” Ages 10-up. (May)
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Winner of the Newbery Medal
Winner of the National Book Award
A New York Public Library’s 100 Great Children’s Books 100 Years Selection
” A dazzling blend of social commentary, tall tale and magic realism.”- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
” There is no question, kids will love Holes.”- SLJ, Starred Review
” [A] rugged, engrossing adventure.”- Kirkus Reviews
“This delightfully clever story is well-crafted and thought-provoking.”- VOYA
“[Sachar] comes fully, brilliantly into his own voice. This is a can’t-put-it-down read.” -The Bulletin
#1 New York Times Bestseller
From the Inside Flap
Stanley Yelnats tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment-and redemption.
From the Back Cover
“A dazzling blend of social commentary, tall tale and magic realism.”
–Publishers Weekly, Starred
“There is no question, kids will love Holes.”–School Library Journal, Starred
About the Author
Louis Sachar is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Holes, which won the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Christopher Award, as well as Stanley Yelnats’ Survival to Camp Green Lake; Small Steps, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award; and The Cardturner, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a Parents’ Choice Gold Award recipient, and an ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book. His books for younger readers include There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, The Boy Who Lost His Face, Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes, and the Marvin Redpost series, among many others.