We're headed to camp! Actually, scratch that exclamation point: Holes begins with a description of Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention facility in Texas. Basically, it's a place for kids who have committed crimes. Stanley Yelnats, overweight, lonely, and poor, has been arrested for a crime he didn't commit, and he's on a bus headed for Camp Green Lake.
Stanley's arrest is just the latest in a string of bad fortunes for the Yelnats family. Turns out that several generations back, the Yelnatses were cursed by a one-legged gypsy. And over the course of the book, we get a glimpse into some different time periods: the story of Stanley Yelnats and his unlikely friendship with another camper named Zero; the story of Stanley's great-great-grandpa who was cursed by Madame Zeroni; and the story of Miss Katherine's transformation to Kissin' Kate Barlow after a failed love affair with an onion man.
In the end, all of these stories come together, and – spoiler alert – Stanley Yelnats comes out on top and the underdog prevails. Booya.
Summary of Holes by Louis Sachar Essay
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HOLES LOUIS SACHAR
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse, one that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has followed generations of Yelnats. Stanley has been falsely convicted of stealing Clyde ?Sweet Feet? Livingston?s, a famous baseball player, sneakers from a homeless shelter. Now he must attend a boy?s detention center, Camp Green Lake, where bad boys dig holes all day, every day, digging holes five feet wide and five feet deep, to become good boys. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake, But there are an awful a lot of holes. When Stanley first gets to the camp he meets Mr. Sir a man that dresses like a cowboy and has just quit smoking. Mr. Sir tells Stanley that if he wants to run he can…show more content…
Sir, when he asked what they were looking for he was told nothing they are just building character. The digging got easier after awhile for Stanley. Stanley?s great great grandfather was named Elya Yelnats. He was born in Latvia when he was fifteen years old he fell in love with Myra Menke, Myra was fourteen and turning fifteen. Her father decided that at fifteen she should be married. Elya went to ask her father for his daughter?s hand but so did Igor Barkov, a fifty-seven year old nauseating pig farmer. Igor offered his fattest
Pig and Elya offered a heart full of love. When Myra?s father heard this he cried out in laughter and said he rather have a fat pig. Elya went to Madame Zeroni seeking her wise council she told him to forget about Myra and go to America.
Awhile later she decided to help him, she told him to take a piglet and bring it up a mountain and let it drink from the stream as it is drinking from it he is to sing to him as he is drinking. When the pig is fully grown and he is wed to Myra he will bring Madame Zeroni to the top of the mountain and let her drink from the water and sing to her, if not she would curse him and his bloodline for all eternity. The song Elya was to sing was this:
?If only, if only,? the woodpecker sighs.
?The bark on the tree was just a little bit softer.?
While the wolf waits below, hungry and lonely,
He cries to the moo?oo?oon,
?If only? If only?
So he did as he was told and