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"Holes" is a young adult novel by Louis Sachar that intertwines three distinct storylines spanning different generations, all converging at Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention center in a desolate Texas desert. Despite its name, Camp Green Lake has no lake; it was dried up over a century ago.

Main Plot

The protagonist, Stanley Yelnats IV, is a teenage boy who is wrongfully convicted of stealing a pair of sneakers donated by a famous athlete to a charity. Due to the Yelnats family curse, which they believe was brought upon them by Stanley's no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather, Stanley is sent to Camp Green Lake. At the camp, the boys are forced to dig large holes every day, ostensibly to build character. However, Stanley soon discovers that the Warden is searching for something hidden beneath the dried-up lakebed.


  • Stanley Yelnats IV: The unlucky protagonist who is sent to Camp Green Lake.
  • Zero (Hector Zeroni): A quiet boy at the camp who becomes Stanley's friend. His story is central to the Yelnats family curse.
  • The Warden: The cruel and manipulative overseer of Camp Green Lake, who is secretly searching for a treasure.
  • Kissin' Kate Barlow: A former schoolteacher turned outlaw, whose buried treasure is what the Warden seeks.


  • Fate and Destiny: The book explores the impact of ancestors' actions on their descendants' lives, suggesting that destiny can be shaped by our actions and choices.
  • Friendship: Amidst the harsh conditions at Camp Green Lake, the friendship between Stanley and Zero demonstrates the power of loyalty and mutual support.
  • Justice and Redemption: The novel questions the concept of justice, showing how characters can redeem themselves by making right choices.


Through a series of flashbacks and the unfolding events at Camp Green Lake, Stanley and Zero uncover the truth about the treasure, the real story behind Kissin' Kate Barlow, and the history of the Yelnats and Zeroni families. The curse is ultimately lifted, and justice is served, as Stanley and Zero find redemption and freedom.

"Holes" combines mystery, adventure, and humor to create a compelling tale that addresses complex themes such as racial injustice, the importance of history, and the power of fate and friendship.