The book ‘’Holes’’ is an adventure based novel from 1998 written by the well known American writer Louis Sachar. The book has won two prizes, in 1999 the Newberry medal, and in 1998 the ‘’National book award for young people’s literature’’.
The novel is an adventure and were first published in 1998 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
The main character is Stanley Yelnats, a overweight white boy. He is from a poor family and lives with his father and his mother. His father is somewhat a inventor but not very succesfull at the time. Stanley is living what seems a normal life, except that he is being bullied due to his overweight and has no friends. He is sent to Camp Green lake after a pair of sneaker accidentally hit him in the head, and he was accused for stealing them. The sneakers belonging to the famous baseball player Clyde Livingstone were being sold at an auction at a shelter for homeless.
Hector Zeroni is called ‘’Zero’’ as the other boys in the camp comprehend him as nothing. He can nor write or read, and has got no parents, as his mom left him at young age and his father isn’t mentioned. Hector is Stanley’s one and only friend, and vice versa.
The story takes place in Camp Green Lake in Texas, who once was a big town until the lake dried up. The boys are sent here for committing crimes etc. They are told they are here to build their character, and it is done by digging holes. They are to dig one hole each day, but if the warden think she’s finding a treasure they dig until they find it.