At a recent visit to a local school, Academy del Sol, I invited the students to write guest reviews, and a few have taken me up on it! Here is our first, a review of a perennial favorite, written by Arturo B.:
The book Holes by Louis Sachar is a fiction book about a boy named Stanley Yelnats and his experience at Camp Green Lake which was a camp for boys who have broken the law and did not want to go to jail. Camp Green Lake was in the middle of nowhere: a dry desert with nothing but mountains in sight that were miles and miles away. A boy named Zero became friends with Stanley along with some of the other boys at camp. X-ray was basically the leader to Squid, Armpit, Zig Zag etc. Stanley’s whole time at camp was destiny. He went there for a reason and in the book you find out about his family curse and how he searches for Zero through the desert.
I really enjoyed this book. I have never read it before but I know about most of what happens from the movie, but I would highly recommend the book before the movie. The book has more parts to it so it gives you better details and lets your brain imagine every little detail. My favorite character in the story was Mr. Sir. He was threatening to the kids and he was also kind of funny in the book. His character brought a more stern theme to the book whenever he was around.