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             Texas:Farrar, Straus and Giroux, © 1998.
             This novel mainly takes place at the end of the 20th century, but there are also flashbacks to the late 19th century mainly at Green Lake, in Texas. Some of the main characters in this novel are Stanley Yelnats, Zero, X-Ray, Squid, Warden, Kate Barlow, Sam, Elya Yelnats, and Madame Zeroni. Stanley is sent to a camp called "Camp Green Lake-, which is a juvenile detention camp. Stanley was sent there for a crime that he did not even commit. While he is there the boys and him are forced to dig large holes in the dirt everyday. The conflict of the book is that Stanley must fight against the rough conditions and the people at Green Lake in order to maintain his independence and release himself and his family from a curse that was placed on him and his family.
             I think this was a great and interesting book. It was a little slow at the start and confusing because it kept skipping from the present to the past, but it gets better. As I read this book, it made me think how hard it could really be for some of those kids. This would be a great book for all ages. Holes has lots of exciting parts, and the characters are even interesting and are all original. The book goes back in time a lot and gets confusing, but it all makes sense at the end.

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