This week, I'll talk to you about the novel Holes by Louis Sachar. I have read it with my grade 6 class once and love it. I definitely want to read it again one day.
What's it about?
Holes intertwines three stories into one. It follows Stanley Yelnats, a kid who was mistakenly accused of stealing and sent to Camp Green Lake (instead of prison). At Camp Green Lake, the Warden forces all the boys (aka delinquents) to dig large holes, and no one knows why.
In the end, Stanley breaks his family's curse by carrying a friend up a mountain and finds the buried treasure, the reason why the Warden made them dig all those holes.
I know, quite the short summary, but I found that if I went into it more, then it became a novel! If you want to read more about the plot, you can follow this link here, it'll tell you everything you need to know.
Why I like it
Whenever a child develops the love of reading through one of the novels we are reading it class, it immediately becomes one of my favourites. This happened with this one. A grade 6 student, who struggled to read (was reading at about a grade 2-3 level), found that this book was the first one that he wanted to read at home, that grabbed him, and for once, he actually read ahead! No matter what else comes along, this will always be my #1 reason why Holes is one of my favourite books to read to my students.
I also love it because it's an easy read, that all level of readers can enjoy in your classroom. It's a story that boys and girls alike will love. Getting to know an author, Louis Sachar, might also incite students to grab another of his books at the library, which is also a bonus.
Oh, and did I mention there's also a movie?
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