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Holes  
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Holes first edition cover.
Author Louis Sachar
Cover artist Vladimir Radunsky
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Adventure, Satire
Publication date August 20, 1998
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 240 pp (first edition) 233 pp (second edition)
ISBN 9780374982655
OCLC Number 38002572
Dewey Decimal [Fic] 21
LC Classification PZ7.S1185 Ho 1998
Followed by Stanley Yelnats' Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake

Holes (1998) is a Newbery Medal-winning novel by Louis Sachar. It was adapted into a screenplay for the 2003 film by Walt Disney Pictures which was a critical success, and starred Shia LeBeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, and Tim Blake Nelson. In 2006, Sachar published Small Steps, a companion novel which is about one of the characters from Holes, Armpit.

Plot

Stanley Yelnats is a teen whose family suffers constant misfortune. The reason they suffer is revealed in a flashback to have come from a promise that Stanley's great-great-grandfather, Elya Yelnats failed to fulfil before he moved to America, involving carrying a gypsy called Madame Zeroni. In the present day, Stanley is walking home from school when some shoes fall from an overpass and land on his head. It is revealed that they had been stolen from a homeless shelter and were donated by a famous baseball player.

The story of Stanley's family's curse is revealed. Stanley is related to a man named "Elya Yelnats" who was born in Latvia. And she also tells him that after he marries Menke he should carry madame Zeroni up the mountain and sing while she drinks or else his family will be cursed for always.

While digging one day, Stanley comes across a golden tube. Rather than handing it in, he gives it to X-Ray, the leader of his tent who has not found anything for a whole year, so that he may present the find and get the day off Stanley agrees he deserves. It soon becomes clear to Stanley from the Warden's behaviour upon discovering the tube that they are not digging to "build character" but rather to find something.

The two help each other journey to reach the top of a big mountain, which turns out to be Sam's secret onion field. As Stanley and Zero are living on the mountain, Zero reveals that he was actually the person who stole the sneakers and placed them on top of a random car, hoping for the best.

That Stanley's lawyer had arrived the previous day to collect him, and that she and her family have been searching for the treasure for years.

Later, Stanley's lawyer, Ms. Morengo, arrives to say that Stanley was found to be innocent. the two (Zero and Stanley) return home peacefully.

When Stanley and his family are finally able to pry the case open months later, Stanley discovers that the suitcase contains many valuable items, and the once poor Yelnats are suddenly rich. Zero reconicles with his mom.

The Zeronis and Yelnats family were friends forever from then on.

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Holes character
Stanley Yelnats IV
Camp Green Lake nickname

"Caveman"

Family see Family Tree
Relatives see Family Tree
Portrayed by Shia LaBeouf

Stanley Yelnats IV is the protagonist character in the novel Holes. Stanley believes that he is in the wrong place at the wrong time because his family was afflicted with an old gypsy curse, because his great-great-grandfather, who lived in Latvia, failed to carry a crippled gypsy woman up a mountain in exchange for the pig she had given him. Stanley is sentenced to Camp Green Lake under the assumption that he has stolen the sneakers of Clyde "Sweet-Feet" Livingston, a professional baseball player. As it happens, they fell from the sky and landed on him, a fact which nobody believes. Stanley is overweight at the outset of the book but gradually loses weight at Camp Green Lake, where he and all of the other boys are expected to dig holes daily.

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In the movie

In the movie version, Stanley is played by Shia LaBeouf. He is shown living in a small apartment with his mother, father, and grandfather, giving a sense of the closeness the family shares. In the book, Stanley is overweight and loses weight as the story progresses; in the film, however, his weight remains consistent. Many of the issues in the book stemmed from Stanley looking down on himself for being overweight. However, in the bonus features on the DVD, it is explained that continuity issues forced this change: scenes were not always shot in order, so his weight would have to continuously change.

Family Tree

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