#12. Holes

 

Oh, delight! I have read quite a few good books recently, but none of them has made me want to turn immediately from the last page to the first page. And there is a smile twitching at my lips – one that I cannot repress.

Stanley Yelnats is cursed with bad luck, as his whole family has been for over a hundred years. He ends up at a prison camp for boys (for a crime he did not commit), where he is required to dig a hole five feet deep and five feet cross in every direction, every day, in order to “build character.” Is digging holes really character building? What are the boys actually digging for? Is the Yelnats family really cursed? Sachar manages to answer these questions and indeed to fill every hole that emerges in the story, with good humor and very, very engaging prose – I could hear myself reading the story out loud, even with my mouth closed. This book was a delight. An absolute, absolute delight. Re-readable.

P.S. I read this book while riding the midnight bus from Baltimore to New York. I arrived just as I finished the last few lines, feeling amazingly refreshed – at 3:20 a.m.

4 stars

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