Book: Holes (1998)
Author: Louis Sachar
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Genre: MG, Contemporary
Newbery Winner (1999)
Opening Lines of the Book…
This is no lake at Camp Green Lake. There once was a very large lake here, the largest lake in Texas. That was over a hundred years ago. Now it is just a dry, flat wasteland.
I really enjoyed re-reading this book. I probably first read it 20 years ago, so it’s been a while. (I also saw the movie whenever that came out.) Anyhow, I did in fact enjoy coming back to the world of Stanley Yelnats and his buddies at Camp Green Lake (which is not a camp for Girl Scouts, by the way).
And even though I already knew the secrets of the book, I loved discovering them once more with Stanley. I particularly liked the friendship between Stanley and Zero and how all that works out. (Hey, I want a friend like Zero, too!)
The villains in this story are great. The Warden, Sir, Mr. Pendanski. They’re over-the-top and yet somehow believable. And I love how everything about the past connects with the present. Top-notch writing here!
This really is a book that sticks with you. It’s hard to forget all those holes! I can see why it was awarded the Newbery back in 1999. I would give it a Newbery today. Yes, it’s that good.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!
Newbery Verdict Reading Challenge: This is a personal challenge for me to read books that have either won the Newbery Medal or are a Newbery Honor book. The Newbery is named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. Since 1922, this annual award has given to the author of the “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” A Newbery Honor book is given to the runners-up. (Note: This year is the 100th Anniversary of the Award!)
Note: I’m posting this for Greg Pattridge’s Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday…