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'Holes' by Louis Sachar... A Must-Read For Any True Fairytale Fan.
If you want an excellent read (for any age), here it is: Holes by Louis Sachar. This is the kind of book you just cannot judge by its cover. From the minute I started reading, I was hooked. Needless to say, by the end I was on the edge of my seat with suspense, waiting for all the magical pieces to fall into the perfect place.
A young Stanely Yelnats is on a quest of confidence and truth. He is seeking to break free of the curse that has bound he and his family for generations. Although Stanely does not appear to have motivation for anything but survival at the beginning of the story, his circumstances lead him on a path to self-discovery as he seeks to uncover the mystery that surrounds him at Camp Green Lake. By the end of this journey, after digging countless holes in the hot desert (surrounded by rattle snakes, scorpions and deadly yellow-spotted lizards), and following his heart to help a friend, Stanely Yelnats discovers qualities of faith, courage, loyalty, persistence, and strength (both internally and externally). He is transformed from a presumably clueless, weak young boy into a young man who has found himself through his physical and emotional experience at Green Lake.
The most surprising aspect to this book was Sachar's ability to weave additional folk style tales in and out of Stanley's journey, such as the beautifully tragic Sam the Onion Man and Kissin' Kate Barlow story. The reader is given deeper insight and history to Stanley's remarkable circumstances and is thereby allowed (ironically) to fill in the 'holes'. As a read, Louis Sachar's Holes is the most enjoyable and satisfying book I have ever read, and a must-read for all lovers of a good tale. For those people who love movies, Sachar also wrote the screenplay for the film. Holes as a movie is a very enjoyable watch also, however as I usually find, the book is always just that little bit better than the film adaption. It might have something to do with the extra holes we get to fill in.