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Stanley Yelnats was given a choice. The judge said, “You may go to jail, or you may go to Camp Green Lake.” Stanley was from a poor family. He had never been to camp before.
The winner of countless awards, Holes is a truly remarkable tale of fate, resilience and survival. Stanley Yelnats’s family has always had bad luck; the fault of a gypsy curse put on his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather. So when he’s found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to a boot camp in the sweltering desert, Stanley isn’t surprised. The evil warden of the camp (in poisoned red nail polish and prowling snake-skin boots), claims that digging a hole each day is the way to turn a bad boy into a good boy. Every day, Stanley must toil in the blazing sun and dig his own hole. But is that all there is to it – or must Stanley dig up the truth?
A marvellous work of magic realism which blends past and future, myth and reality into one shimmering mirage-like plot, Holes is a genuinely unique book to which even the most reluctant readers are drawn. Written in a fresh, surreal voice and set amid a boiling desert landscape, this poignant, cinematic work is impossible to forget.
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