Chapter 21-30 - Holes

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

The sunflower seed incident leads Stanley into the Warden’s cabin and he gets an important clue. He sees lipstick and is able to identify the gold tube he had found. Now he has more information about what Warden is looking for as she makes the boys dig holes.


The story of how Kate Barlow becomes an outlaw makes me feel sympathy for a woman who was initially presented as a dangerous criminal. Her infamy as an outlaw is a result of the cruelty that she and Sam faced from the racism of the law and the racism of Green Lake’s people.


Kate’s story gives definite proof that Warden is looking for Kate’s lost treasure under the ground. In addition, it seems very likely that Warden, with her red hair and freckles, is a descendent of Trout and Linda Walker who tried to torture Kate in order to get the information about where the buried treasure was. I guess Warden has got not only the physical characteristics of red hair and freckles from her ancestors, but also their cruel personalities.

Zero’s real name is Hector Zeroni and I guess it reveals new information about the relation between Zero and Madame Zeroni, the gypsy who put a curse on Stanley’s great-great-grandfather. However, neither Stanley nor Zero seems to know about the connection between their families.


God's thumb
Stanley realized that a mountain in the distance looks like a big thumb and it seems to be an evidence that Camp Green Lake is very close to the site where Kate Barlow robbed Stanley’s great-grandfather.
For now, I’m so into this novel. Especially, I love the author’s style which is to mixes the past and present in the story and shows the relation between them. Stanley is digging on the same ground where his great-grandfather and Kate Barlow stayed once, and also he is digging with the relative of his great-great-grandfather’s friend Madame Zeroni.
I guess this novel is perhaps talking about “fate”. ???
You are really enjoying this novel:D

Stanley came to the same area where his great-great-grandfather met Kate Barlow 110 years ago.

As you said, Stanley fatally came to the Green Lake Camp where his great-great-grandfather met her.

The author leads Stantely to find the golden tube, and the old boat,telling readers about racial

discrimination history. Desert is cool. It's possible to dig up the history.

When Kids read this novel, some of them may have interested in archaeology:)