Stanley Yelnats, a young boy, overweight and bullied by Derrick Dunne – a boy at his school. His dad an inventor trying to find a cure for smelly shoes.
Stanley was always finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time because of his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather. 100 years before Stanley was born, Madame Zeroni put a curse on Elya Yelnats – Stanley’s great great grandfather – for stealing her pig and not carrying her up the mountain which was the deal they made for Madame Zeroni’s help to Elya Yelnats. So the curse took place through the generations in the Yelnats family.
When Stanley – once again – foung himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, Clyde Livingstone’s fell from a bridge while he was walking home from school. He put them on and ran home to take the shoes to his dad for his new project, not knowing that they were Clyde Livingstone’s.
He was accused of stealing the shoes and had a choice of going to Camp Green Lake or Prison. He couldn’t think of jail so he chose Camp Green Lake.
At Camp Green Lake, Stanley had to dig a hole every day, measuring fft in every direction. He made new friends named Squid, X-Ray, Armpit, Zero and Twitch. He was surprised after a while when they gave him a nickname just like them, which meant he was accepted into the group. But Twitch wasn’t at Camp Green Lake until Zero had had enough of all the others bullying him and thinking he was stupid and ran away. Stanley knew better of himself than to just leave Zero starve out in the wide desert area because he had grown a close relationship with Zero.
After a long, hard and tiring search, Stanley eventually found Zero under the ruins of an old boat eating what he called Sploosh – spiced peaches. They ventured out together clmbing up mountains, while every now and then Zero would clutch his stomach because of pains from not eating the right food. When Zero eventually collapsed, Stanley carried him up the rest of the mountain, not knowing that he was breaking the curse put on his family because Zero was actually Hector Zeroni, Madame Zeroni’s great great grandson.
So after finding refuge on God’s Thumb, Zero confessed that he was the one who stole Clyde Livingstones shoes.
When Stanley and Zero arrived back at camp in the dead of the night, he and Zero found the treasure that the Warden was actually after and in the hole that they dug, was a nest of Yellow Spotted Lizards, that if they bite you, you will die no matter what. But because they ate so many onions – which the lizards don’t like – in the mountains the lizards didn’t bite. They both managed to get out of the hole and soon after, found out that Stanley had a lawyer who had got him out of Camp Green Lake. She asked for Zero’s files and the Warden deleted them soon before so she took Zero with her as awell. Stanley got home with Zero safely and lived a happy life ever after.
While reading connection after connection, Holes is a mind ravelling book full of adventure and drama. I would highly recomend it to anyone who is an adventureholic.