Holes - Book Report

             Holes, written by the excellent author, Louis Sachar, is an adventure and mystery book with a humorous touch. The story takes place mainly at the hot and humid Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention facility where there is no lake, and no happy campers. In place of what used to be "the largest lake in Texas" is now a dry, flat, sunburned wasteland. It hasn’t rained there for over a hundred years. The only living plants there were two large trees and a hammock stretched out between the trees. Of course, no one was allowed to lay on it except for the Warden or else they’d get in a lot of trouble. A log cabin was behind the trees and that’s where the Warden spent most of her time. Camp Green Lake was pocked with countless identical holes dug by boys to improve their character, or at least that’s the reigning philosophy at Camp Green Lake. The story takes place in the present time but contains flashbacks of over one hundred years ago to explain how the whole plot started. There were five large tents at the camp. A, B, C, D, and E were for the campers and tent F was where the counselors slept. Stanley was assigned to D tent.
             The three most important characters in this book are Stanley Yelnats a.k.a Caveman, Hector Zeroni a.k.a. Zero, and Linda Miller, the warden at Camp Green Lake.
             Stanley Yelnats (notice the palindrome) IV, an overweight teenage boy is the main character. He was falsely accused of stealing Clyde “Sweet Feet” Livingston’s shoes. Clyde Livingston was a famous baseball player. He had donated his shoes to an auction and the profit, estimated at $5,000, was going to be given to the homeless shelter. Stanley was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. He had missed the school bus home that day because he had to fish his notebook out of the toilet because a bully, Derrick Dunne dropped it in there. He was walking home when the shoes “came down from the sky” and hit him on the head. Stanley recognized the s...

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