Stanley's family has been cursed for generations, and now he is at juvenile detention camp for some- thing he didn't do. He and the other boys are forced to spend all day digging huge holes in the ground as a 'character building' activity, but Stanley soon he realizes that's not why they are doing it. The warden is looking for something valuable, but what could it be?
"A dazzling blend of social commentary, tall tale and magic realism." (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)
"There is no question, kids will love Holes." (SLJ, Starred Review)
"[A] rugged, engrossing adventure." (Kirkus Reviews)
Newbery Medal Winner 1999
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Interest Level: Gr. 5+ DRA Level: 50 Lexile Measure: 660L
Grade Equivalent: 4.6 Guided Reading: V
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