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This article's plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. Please help improve it by removing unnecessary details and making it more concise. October Present day[ edit ] Stanley Yelnats IV is a year-old boy from a hard-working but poor family that is allegedly affected by a curse of bad luck, which they blame on Stanley's "no-good-dirty-rotten pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather".
Stanley is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile corrections facility which is ironically located in the middle of a sterile desert. As punishment, the camp inmates are assigned to dig one hole each day five feet wide and five feet deep in order to 'build character'.
Stanley soon begins to suspect that they are really digging to find something hidden beneath the ground.
The treasure is revealed later as his suitcase. When the case is cracked open only a few cheap gems are found. However, a much older pig farmer named Igor Barkov also wants to marry her, offering Myra's father his heaviest pig in exchange for Myra's hand in marriage. Desperate to impress Myra and her father, Elya goes to his friend Madame Zeroni for help.
Despite not approving of Myra as a partner, she gives him a tiny piglet, telling him to carry it up a mountain every day, and let it drink from a stream while singing to it.
Every day the water will make it grow bigger, and Elya will grow stronger. On the last day, after he carries the pig one last time, he must carry Madame Zeroni herself up the mountain to do the same, as he will then be strong enough to carry her.
However, Zeroni warns him that if he does not carry her up the mountain, his family will be cursed. Elya follows her directions, and the piglet grows to a large size, but he does not carry it up on the final day in order to have time to clean up.
After the pigs weigh the same, Myra uses an arbitrary number selection tactic to choose, and Elya leaves in disgust. Forgetting his promise to Madame Zeroni, he moves to America to start a new life, falls in love, and marries, but he is beset by Zeroni's curse.
The song that he sang to the piglet becomes a lullaby that is passed down among Elya's descendants, who are all named Stanley due to its palindromic relation to the name Yelnats. Kissin' Kate Barlow[ edit ] In the yearthe town of Green Lake is a flourishing lakeside community.
Katherine Barlow, the white local schoolteacher, falls in love with Sam, an African-American onion seller, while rejecting advances from wealthy resident Charles Walker nicknamed "Trout" due to the smell of his feet.
There is an uproar in the town after Kate and Sam are seen kissing in an alley. After a mob burns down the schoolhouse, Katherine recognizes that Sam is in grave danger. She finds Sam and they attempt an escape across the lake in Sam's rowboatbut Walker and the mob intercept them with Walker's motorboat, ramming the smaller vessel and sinking it.
Sam is ruthlessly shot and killed in the water, while Kate is "rescued" against her wishes. Following these actions, no rain falls upon Green Lake ever again. The next day, Kate murders the sheriff and leaves a lipstick print on his cheek before departing to become a prominent outlaw, earning her the nickname "Kissin' Kate Barlow.Plot Overview.
Stanley Yelnats, a boy who has bad luck due to a curse placed on his great- great-grandfather, is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention camp, for a crime he did not commit.
. May 28, · Book 83 Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck, so he isn't too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to a boys' juvenile detention centre. At Camp Green Lake the boys must dig a hole a day, five feet deep, five feet across, in the dried up lake bed.
“Louis Sachar, Holes is a bestselling novel. ” Written on: 24/12/ by nathan27 (1 review written) Louis Sachar, Holes is a bestselling novel. Why? Don't ask me. I found this book very dull and uninteresting/5(10). Holes has reviews and ratings. Reviewer tiana wrote: Holes is a really good book i read it twice already once in my old school and now for the second time in this new school i really enjoy it i mean it's so awesome and good for people our ages like twelve and thirteen or even eleven there is a mov.
I would recommend this book to children above the age of 9, as those of a weak-hearted disposition may not appreciate Louis Sachar's amazing descriptive skills. Review of the book 'Holes' by Louis Sachar: How Stanley Yelnats manages to redeem the curse which has dogged the fortunes of his family for four generations.