By: Louis Sachar
My Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS
Best for: 10 and up
A story worthy of its accolades
I feel like I’ve known Louis Sachar my whole life. Sideways Stories from Wayside School was one of the first stories I remember really enjoying for the fun of reading. Sideways stories and it’s sequels were some of the first books I introduced to my kids, and they’ve all enjoyed them as much as I did. With my fond memories of Louis Sachar (pronounced Sacker, like someone who tackles quarterbacks, fyi), I’m actually not really sure why I never got around to reading his most celebrated book, Holes. I’ve owned it for years. My kids have even read it! It was time.
Holes was everything I expected it to be. It’s wonderful!
If you’re like me and put off reading this story about Stanley Yelnats (spelled the same forward and backwards!) and his misadventures at Camp Green Lake, a work camp for juvenile delinquents, it’s time for you, too. It’s a quick and easy read, and like all the great ones it’s full of heart, laughs, and meaning. Stanley’s character development will tug at your heart, Sachar’s silly writing will force on you, and when the back story meets the front story you’ll enjoy a moment of satisfaction when everything clicks.
No content concerns, other then there are some grown ups who are mean to kids. Best for all ages or independent readers 10 and up.