Book report about ‘Holes’ by Alex Rienderhoff V5E
This time we will discuss a book called ‘Holes’ written by Louis Sachar, also known from books like ‘Super Fast Out of Control!’ and ‘Small Steps’ which are his most recent books. Sachar wrote over twenty books and only ‘Holes’ was made into a film. This must mean something right? Well, it does! The book has quite an interesting story, mostly about a boy which comes into a situation where he doesn’t belong. Even if you already saw the movie you probably want to read the book since it adds a few interesting things to the story.
Louis Sachar, the writer of this book, has won several prices with his books (mostly written for children). Sachar managed to win 17 prizes with ‘Holes’ , now that’s quite an accomplishment! He was born in New York in 1954 and moved to California when he was nine years old. Later he studied economics and when he graduated he started on his first book, which became a success, called ‘Sideways Stories From Wayside School’. One of the most important reasons why he started to write books for children was probably because he helped out at an elementary school when he was in college. He said that this has inspired him to come up with certain characters for his books.
The main character in the book is called Stanley Yelnats, it’s a shy boy which gets bullied a lot and has a lot of bad luck. This is the big reason why he gets sentenced to go to Camp Green Lake for something he didn’t do. The story is basically about someone getting in an unusual situation where he doesn’t belong. You’ll notice the changes Stanley makes during the story, he changes from an insecure boy to a confident strong boy. The story mostly focusses on the landscape since the story overgrows the characters. That’s because there is a background story through the main story which takes place a few centuries earlier. Later you’ll find out that the background story from the history has a lot to do with the story itself. This is one of the tricks the writer uses to make you pay attention and read carefully. Even though it’s written pretty simple the book is a lot of fun to read, and let’s be honest : it’s a book for children, that’s why it should be written simple. The characters in ‘Holes’ are very amusing, they all have their certain casualties which means you can expect anything from them. Two examples of those characters are Zero and the warden. Zero is a mysterious boy and does not say anything at the beginning of the book, but Stanley and Zero make a deal with each other and Zero starts to tell more and more about himself. Then there’s the warden which owns Camp Green Lake and says the boys there are digging to build character, but there is another reason for her to let the boys dig there…
Now this isn’t the best book I’ve ever read but it’s still very enjoyable. It’s not too thick, the characters are funny but realistic and the story itself is pretty interesting. So if you don’t know what to do on a Saturday-afternoon? Go buy this book and give it a try.