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A darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment, written by the author of There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom .

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ISBN 9780374332655
Published 30 September 1998 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Sachar, Louis
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ISBN-13 9780374332655
ISBN-10 0374332657
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Imprint Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Publication Date 30 September 1998
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Sachar, Louis
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 151mm
Height: 221mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 386g
Interest Age 9-12 years
Reading Age 9-12 years
Library of Congress Homeless persons, Friendship, Buried treasure, Juvenile delinquency
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code Not specified

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A darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment Stanley Yelnat's family has a history of bad luck, so he isn't too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to a boys' juvenile detention center, Camp Green Lake. There is no lake - it has been dry for over a hundred years - and it's hardly a camp. As punishment, the boys must each dig a hole a day, five feet deep, five feet across, in the hard earth of the dried-up lake bed. The warden claims that this pointless labor builds character, but she is really using the boys to dig for loot buried by the Wild West outlaw Kissin' Kate Barlow. The story of Kissin' Kate, and of a curse put on Stanley's great-great-grandfather by a one-legged gypsy, weaves a narrative puzzle that tangles and untangles, until it becomes clear that the hand of fate has been at work in the lives of the characters - and their forebears - for generations. With this wonderfully inventive, compelling novel that is both serious and funny, Louis Sachar has written his best book to date.

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Awards Short-listed for United States National Book Awards: Young People's Literature 1998
NZ Review Stanley Yelnats IV has been wrongly accused of stealing a famous baseball player's valued sneakers and is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention home where the boys dig holes, five feet deep by five feet across, in the miserable Texas heat. It's just one more piece of bad luck that's befallen Stanley's family for generations...There is no question, kids will love Holes. --Starred, School Library Journal <br>

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