by Louis Sachar

“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.”

This saying by Francesa Peicler, describes the book titled Holes, and how people aren’t afraid to show attitude or do or say what they feel. This is demonstrated by Zero listening to everyone calling him stupid. Out of no where, he shows attitude and strikes Mr. Pendanski on the side of the head and runs away into the large wasteland. Everyone shows attitude once in a while, sometimes it’s because people mistreat you or your friend.

Kind of like Stanley’s situation when he got angry because everyone made Zero run away. Stanley took charge by stealing Mr. Sir’s water truck to go find Zero. Louis Sachar demonstrated that some people control how they feel by deciding what they let bother them. Review by Carissa, Age 12

“A positive person really can change the world.”

One can always make a bad situation good with a smile. This novel is a good example of this. It shows that the main character and protagonist, Stanley, was in a bad situation. But Stanley was positive and changed it. Even though he didn’t steal Clyde Livingstons’ shoes, Stanley didn’t complain and wasn’t angry. Instead of letting his mother worry, Stanley sent a letter home saying he was having a good time at Camp Green Lake. As if he couldn’t be much of a better person, Stanley taught his friend Zero how to read. Review by Sandra, Age 12

“Friendship is more powerful than a lions roar.”

Louis Sachar makes those words true in the novel, Holes. Holes shows good can come from bad. Stanley’s family believes in a curse which they think Stanley’s, “no- good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather,” brought on is the cause of all their problems. But really their bad luck leads to the best thing that could ever happen to them. Stanley Yelnats IV was accused of stealing famous shoes and as a consequence, Stanley had the choice of Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention center for boys, or jail.

When Stanley arrived at Green Lake, he made a friend with a boy named Zero. Stanley and Zero had such a strong relationship, Stanley risked his life to save Zero. Stanley was sent to camp for something he didn’t even do, but in the end Stanley becomes rich with more than just money, but with a true friendship. Review by Rachael, Age 12

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