`Holes' book discussion is one kids can dig The North...


September 06, 2001|By Tricia Bishop

`Holes' book discussion is one kids can dig

The North Carroll Branch Library in Greenmount invites kids 9 to 12 to read the 1999 Newbery Medal-winning book Holes by Louis Sachar and meet at the library Monday to discuss the themes throughout.

The story follows the unlikely experiences of Stanley Yelnats, a boy wrongly convicted of theft (which he blames on his "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather") and sent away to a boys' detention center to be rehabilitated.

The rather wicked warden has some funny ideas, though, about building character where there is none: She sentences the boys to days in the hot sun digging holes -- big holes -- in a dry lake bed, for no apparent reason.

The boys first assume she's operating under the theory that an honest day's work will make honest kids out of them, but when Stanley learns that she may have a hidden agenda, everything gets turned upside down and almost nothing is as it seems.

The story takes the reader on a mystery- and suspense-filled adventure, but it also reveals heart and compassion, as underdogs triumph and friendships develop.

Registration is required for the discussion. 6:45 p.m., 2255 Hanover Pike, 410-386-4480.

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