Chapter 1-10 - Holes

Title: Holes
Autor: Louis Sachar, 1998
Other Details : 272 pages


Camp Green Lake takes its name from a lake that dried up more than a hundred years ago and now it’s a boy’s juvenile detention center in Texas. The boys spend each day digging five feet holes in the dried up lakebed.

Stanley Yelnats believes that bad luck just seems to run in the family and it is because of a curse placed on his family after his great-great-grandfather, Elya Yelnats, stole a pig from a woman called Madame Zeroni. When Elya Yelnats was fifteen he was in love with an empty headed girl. Madame Zeroni gave Elya a piglet to raise so that he could win the girl’s hand by gifting her father with a fatted pig. In return, Elya promised to carry Madame Zeroni up a mountain to drink the water which runs uphill. When the girl chooses not to marry Elya, he is so distraught that he catches a boat to America, forgetting his promise to Madame Zeroni. The Yelnats family has had bad luck ever since. So, Stanley’s great-grandfather, the first Stanley Yelnats, lost his fortune to an outlaw called Kissin’ Kate Barlow. Stanley’s father is a luckless inventor whose experiments keep failing. And now Stanley IV has been wrongly convicted of a crime he didn’t commit: stealing a pair of athletic shoes.

Stanley is assigned to Group D, run by a counselor named Mr. Pendanski, otherwise known as Mom. Nearly everyone at Camp Green Lake has a nickname, and Stanley soon becomes Caveman. At first Stanley seems to adjust well to camp life. The work is exhausting and the shoveling gives him terrible blisters.

False impressions
People have some false impressions of Stanley. For example, the staff at Camp Green Lake does not believe Stanley is innocent. The boys of D tent do not believe he was arrested for stealing Clyde Livingston’s shoes. His teachers do not believe that Derrick, being smaller than Stanley, could bully Stanley. The judge did not believe the sneakers fell on Stanley’s head. Thus Stanley finds himself in his present situation feeling the brunt of the family curse.

Mr.Sir & Mom
Mr. Pendanski is a keen contrast to the stern Mr. Sir and seems to deserve his nickname, “mom.” They sound like big strict Father and warmly kind Mom of the camping site. However, we can guess some mean characteristics of Mr. Pendanski through his comment about Zero. Mr. Pendanski mentions Zero as “nothing inside his head.” It’s too cruel for counselor to refers a kid in that way.

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* Holes (Movie)
Oh, do they have movie?!
I can't access youtube.... but
I would like to watch the movie after I finished reading this book:)