"Holes": I had seen the movie based on this Louis Sachar book, but David really wanted to listen to this one on our trip to Kansas City so we gave it a go. With only 4 discs, it was a quick listen and one that David and I enjoyed.
Stanley Yelnants is an unlucky kid. After being accused
and convicted of a crime he didn't commit, Stanley is sent to Camp Green Lake.
Upon arrival he first discovers there's no lake, then he meets Mr. Sir, who
informs him that he is to dig 1 hole, every day. The hole must be as deep and
as wide as his shovel, which happens to be 5 feet. As an overweight kid, this
is arduous work for Stanley. Almost as difficult is finding his place with his
bunk mates. Over time, Stanley gets better at digging holes, and befriends
Zero. When Zero runs away, Stanley goes after him, but with no water or food,
how long will the boys survive, and will they break the curse that has haunted
Stanley's family for over a hundred years.
"Holes" the book, is very
similar to "Holes" the movie. There's a bit more on the back story of Green
Lake and it's inhabitants, as well as the back story on the Warden. But, if
you've seen the movie, you pretty much know the book. Still, if you liked to
movie, I think listening to or reading the book would be worth your time.
"The Graveyard Book": I don't use this term often, but
this Neil Gaiman book is great, not good...great! I suspect it was even better
because we listened to the audio book, read by Gaiman himself. Such an
interesting and compelling story, I couldn't wait to hear what came
At the beginning of the story, we happen upon The Man Jack as he's
in the process of murdering a family (trust me it's ok for an 11 year old kid).
But, he fails in his task as the youngest boy, a toddler, somehow wanders off
before The Man Jack can complete the job. They young boy wanders up to a nearby
graveyard, where it's ghostly inhabitants give the young boy the freedom of the
graveyard and decide to raise him as their own. They name him Nobody Owens
(after the Owens family who takes him in), and the mysterious Silas agrees to be
his guardian. But how can a live boy grow up in a place of the dead? And what
will happen if he ever leaves the graveyard with The Man Jack still out there,
ready to finish the job?
I loved this story. It's so interesting to meet
the various inhabitants of the graveyard, some dating back even farther than
Roman times, and it's interesting to see the influence they have on young Bod
(Nobody gets shortened to Bod). Bod's forays into the living world make for
some excitement, and the secondary story about Silas keeps mystery going all
throughout the book. I highly recommend giving this one a read, or even better,