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Holes by Louis Sachar

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Katie Kellett

on 21 November 2013

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Transcript of Holes by Louis Sachar

Holes by Louis Sachar
About the Author
* Before becoming a professional writer, Louis Sacher worked as a teacher's aid at an elementary school. He used his experiences there to write his first book
Sideways Stories From Wayside School
* Sachar went to law school and became a lawyer. After 8 years in the field, he quit so he could write children's books full time.
* It took Sachar 18 months (a year and a half) to write
. It ended up winning more than a dozen awards including the Newbuery Medal.
Storyline #1: Stanley Yelnats (Present Day)
The first storyline within
follows a young man named Stanley Yelnats who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is accused of a crime he did not commit and is sent to a juvenile detention camp where he must dig one hole each day to "build character."
Storyline #2: Stanley's great-great-grandfather who is a theif
In the second storyline, we learn about the great-great-grandfather of Stanley, who is also named Stanley Yelnats. We hear about how he stole a pig from a gypsy who then places a curse on Stanley and his family for the rest of eternity.
Storyline #3: Kissin' Kate Barlow
The third storyline follows the Wild West style character named Kissin' Kate Barlow. She was once a school teacher in a small town, but a series of events caused her to run away and choose a life of crime.
was first published in 1998 when Miss Kellett was in 6th grade! It quickly became popular and a film version was made by Disney and released in 2003. Below are the images used for the book and movie covers. Which one do you like best? Which one draws your attention in as a reader or viewer? Why do you think they designed the images the way that they did?
Book & Film Versions
Movie Trailer
Although we all know books are
better than the movie, here is the movie trailer for your viewing pleasure. What are your impressions of the story we will be reading? Be honest, you won't hurt my feelings, do you think you will enjoy
by Louis Sachar? Why or why not?
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