by Louis Sachar

In Brief

When a miscarriage of justice sends Stanley Yelnats to a boot camp for juvenile offenders, the warden sets him to 'character-building' work digging holes in the desert. But it soon becomes clear that she is searching for something, a treasure connected to the history of Green Lake and Stanley's own family, which she will do anything to get her hands on.

Why you should read it

Winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, Holes is a clever, funny and moving book about friendship and perseverance against the odds. This profile was kindly sponsored by HaverstockReads at Haverstock School, Camden.

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