Book Reviews and Highlights

Holes

Louis Sachar

  • Action & Adventure
  • Friendship
  • General
  • Juvenile Fiction
  • Mysteries & Detective Stories
  • Social Themes
  • There is no lake at Camp Green Lake.
  • Part One: You are Entering Camp Green Lake | Page: 3
  • #first-sentence
  • Stanley was not a bad kid. He was innocent of the crime for which he was convicted. He’d just been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • Part One: You are Entering Camp Green Lake | Page: 7
  • Stanley and his parents didn’t believe in curses, of course, but whenever anything went wrong, it felt good to be able to blame someone.
  • Part One: You are Entering Camp Green Lake | Page: 8
  • “If only, if only,” the woodpecker sighs, “The bark on the tree was just a little bit softer.” While the wolf waits below, hungry and lonely, He cries to the moo— oo— oon, “If only, if only.”
  • Part One: You are Entering Camp Green Lake | Page: 8
  • “You are to dig one hole each day, including Saturdays and Sundays. Each hole must be five feet deep, and five feet across in every direction. Your shovel is your measuring stick. Breakfast is served at 4: 30.”
  • Part One: You are Entering Camp Green Lake | Page: 13
  • “I understand you’ve made some bad mistakes in your life. Otherwise you wouldn’t be here. But everyone makes mistakes. You may have done some bad things, but that doesn’t mean you’re a bad kid.”
  • Part One: You are Entering Camp Green Lake | Page: 17
  • It turned out the sneakers had been stolen from a display at the homeless shelter. That evening rich people were going to come to the shelter and pay a hundred dollars to eat the food that the poor people ate every day for free.
  • Part One: You are Entering Camp Green Lake | Page: 24
  • “I used to think you were a good- for- nothing book reader,” he said. “But I see now you could be an excellent mud wrestler.”
  • Part One: You are Entering Camp Green Lake | Page: 33
  • In America, Elya learned to speak English. He fell in love with a woman named Sarah Miller. She could push a plow, milk a goat, and, most important, think for herself.
  • Part One: You are Entering Camp Green Lake | Page: 38
  • “You don’t know that,” said Mr. Pendanski. “I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. Nothing in life is easy. But that’s no reason to give up. You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish if you set your mind to it. After all, you only have one life, so you should try to make the most of it.”
  • Part One: You are Entering Camp Green Lake | Page: 57
  • I know it’s not the same, but I am very proud of you for trying to make the best of a bad situation. Who knows? Maybe something good will come of this.
  • Part One: You are Entering Camp Green Lake | Page: 75
  • He pointed his finger at her and said, “No one ever says ‘No’ to Charles Walker!” “I believe I just did,” said Katherine Barlow.
  • Part One: You are Entering Camp Green Lake | Page: 103
  • #last-sentence
  • If only, if only, the moon speaks no reply; Reflecting the sun and all that’s gone by. Be strong my weary wolf, turn around boldly. Fly high, my baby bird, My angel, my only
  • Part Three: Filling in the Holes | Page: 233