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'Holes' Book Review

  • Date Submitted: 05/25/2010 02:29 PM
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‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar is an exciting and suspenseful teenage, fiction novel. It deserves to win this year CBA Book of the Year Award for Older Readers. The remarkable author has created a complicated plot, well developed characters. The setting is desolate, the style is effective and the themes are easy to understand. This book is appealing to the targeted readers (teenagers) because of the way it captures your imagination.

The main characters are believable and well portrayed. They have convincing strengths and weakness and they are ones that the audience can understand and relate to. The characters are effective because of their human emotions, realistic motivations and the way they change as a result of their experiences.

Stanley is an extremely captive main character. His actions and motivations are believable. The way he reacts to the Warden, Mr. Sir, Mr. Pendanski and a few of the other boys at Camp Green Lake suggest that these actions are made because of fear. Stanley is fearful of most of the people at Camp Green Lake for the reason that they are dangerous and unpredictable. The Warden, Mr. Sir, and Mr. Pendanski are armed and have complete control. Stanley continues to write to his family because he loves them. His friendship with Zero expands when Stanley agrees to teach Zero how to read and write. Because of Stanley’s close friendship with Zero, he risks his life to find and rescue Zero.
Stanley’s strengths and weaknesses aren’t completely good or completely bad. Stanley’s weaknesses include him being over weight and not fit. When it comes to digging a five by five foot hole everyday Stanley is not the kind of person fit for the job. He struggles at first when he begins digging the hole everyday. Some of Stanley’s strengths are the love for his family and the way even know Camp Green Lake is desiccated, harsh and most of the boys are rude and mean to him he finds a way to appreciate the smallest...


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