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Holes, by Louis Sachar is a book about a boy named Stanley Yelnats, who was falsely accused of stealing a par of valuable running shoes from a famous basketball player. He gets to choose between either going to jail, or go to Camp Green Lake, a boys’ detention center. He chooses Camp Green Lake, where he will be spending the next 18 months of his life digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep in order to rebuild “character”.

Stanley and his parents knew he wasn’t guilty, but they didn’t have enough money to pay a lawyer to prove it. Sadly, sometimes the power of telling the truth isn’t enough and unfortunately, Stanley had to face the consequences of being in the wrong place at wrong time. He got put into a group with about 7 other boys, with who he tries to build a good relationship with in the book. As long as he satisfied the other boys’ needs and didn’t bother them too much, he knew they wouldn’t get hurt by them.

Throughout the book, he makes friends with an odd boy nicknamed Zero who doesn’t know how to read or write. Because Zero didn’t get the same education compared to other kids his age, and Stanley is the only person he trusts to teach him, they make a deal so that Zero helps dig part of Stanley’s hole for him in order for Stanley to have enough energy to teach Zero at the end of the day how to read/write. This is a win, win for both of them, but it turns out that the other kids in their group found the deal to be “unfair” and that Stanley did not deserve to get Zero’s help for digging his hole. Stanley knew that he shouldn’t be getting on the bad side of the boys but he never thought that helping out a friend would put him in trouble. What happens to the Stanley and the boys’ relationship? Can he dig himself out of trouble?

I personally loved this book, it is different from many of the other teen-targeted books, which made it original and fun to read. This book is definitely worth a read!

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