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Holes

Written by: Louis Sachar
Narrated by: Kerry Beyer,Louis Sachar
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Publisher's Summary

This groundbreaking classic is now available in a special anniversary edition with bonus content. Winner of the Newbery Medal as well as the National Book Award, HOLES is a New York Times bestseller and one of the strongest-selling middle-grade books to ever hit shelves!

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.

Special anniversary edition bonus content includes: A New Note From the Author!; "Ten Things You May Not Know About HOLES" by Louis Sachar; and more!

©1998 Louis Sachar (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the critics say

Winner of the Newbery Medal

Winner of the National Book Award

#1 New York Times Bestseller

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."—School Library Journal, Starred Review

"[A] rugged, engrossing adventure."—Kirkus Reviews

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What listeners say about Holes

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Smart book

I like this book because it keeps on going to the past to inform you about the people who lived on camp green lake in the past.

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Love the book love the movie

Saw the movie first multiple times as it's one of my favorites.

I'm pleasantly surprised at how almost exact they are to each other. The book is amazing. The reader could have been younger sounding and a little less robotic sounding, but the story is great

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Great book

I really enjoyed the story and it held my son’s attention. We like listening to audiobooks during long trips. The narration was excellent and entertaining, I’m sure we will be listening to this book again.

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Holes excellent story

I am glad I I watched on TV and listen to the story. It seems really good when I seen what it was meant to be.

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good book love the story

I find most audiobooks ALWAYS have bad narrators but this one is good and small steps is also a good book :)💙

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Loved this

I first saw the movie as a child and decided to get this book, so surprised that they kept so true to the story. Loved the friendship between Stanley and Hector.

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Exceptional

A incredible narration with a variety of voices perfectly separate from another in style and tone, and an excellent sensitivity to the story being told.

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Excellent

My kids have asked to listen to this multiple times when we go on long road trips. It’s such a great story and so well narrated.

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Pretty decent

This book had a twisting and turning storyline. Overall, I think it was pretty decent. :)

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School made me not interested

The main reason that I didn't really like this book is because it was an assignment I wasnt that interested in the overall story but it's okay I guess

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