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The novel is about Stanley Yelnats, a 15-year old boy who is sent by mistake to a camp for young criminals. At the camp, boys must dig holes in the ground in the middle of a hot desert. Stanley starts to think the camp's warden is looking for something. This story is told alongside two others stories: one about Stanley's great-great-grandfather, and another about the area where the camp is located.
In 2003, Disney released a movie which was based on this novel, which was directed by Andrew Davis and written by the author of Holes himself, Louis Sachar. In 2006, Sachar also published a companion novel called Small Steps, which is about one of the characters from Holes.
- Washington Post: "Louis Sachar Wins Newbery; `Holes' Given Children's Book Prize; `Snowflake Bentley' Takes Caldecott" Written by David Streitfeld, Published February 2, 1999