Holes is a great book for readers of any age, but especially people between 8 and 14 years old. The main character, Stanley Yelnats, is clumsy and awkward and has really bad luck which makes the story interesting and hilarious. I was able to finish Holes in one day because I liked the story so much! I was surprised by the “summer camp” he goes away to, and actually felt scared at a few parts. The only character I didn’t like was the camp director, and if you read the story you will know why. While Stanley is the main character in the story, I actually think that Kate Barlow ends up being the most important character, because she’s the whole reason the story exists. I give this story 5 out of 5 stars, and will read it again and again!
Interview a Character Half Way Through the Book:
Nikki: “Hello Stanley, how are you enjoying being here?”
Stanley: “At first, I hated it, but now I have made a few friends and it’s not so bad.”
Nikki: “What do you think about the fact that you have to dig holes all day?
Stanley: “I think it is a weird way to punish us, but it does teach us hard work and certainly isn’t fun. I wouldn’t want to get in trouble and come back here to dig holes ever again.”
Nikki: “Is there a reason you have to dig these holes?”
Stanley: “Well, I don’t actually know. I know that if we find anything that could be considered valuable, that we get rewarded. So, maybe they are looking for something? They haven’t ever told us if they are.”
Nikki: “Thank you for your time, Stanley. I’ll let you get back to digging. You can take my water bottle with you, if you’d like.”
Stanley: “I’d appreciate that. Thank you.”