Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


10th Anniversary Edition with Bonus Material

Louis Sachar

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


Newbery Medal Winner

National Book Awards Winner


10th Anniversary Edition

Louis Sachar received great recognition for his groundbreaking story of Stanley Yelnats – a boy with a history of bad luck. As School Library Journal predicted in their starred review of the book when it was first published, "Kids will love Holes." A decade later, the book is still quenching young readers' thirst for a gripping story about a far-reaching family curse, friendship, adventure, endurance, and, finally, a generous helping of good karma.

Celebrate with this special 10th Anniversary Edition, which includes portraits of the author as a little brother (by his big brother), as a husband (by his wife), and as a father (by his daughter), along with photos and Louis Sachar's 1999 Newbery acceptance speech. Vladimir Radunsky, who created the original iconoclastic cover illustration, has made new art from the familiar images. Wrapped in an acetate jacket, this edition is an appealing package that will be equally welcome in public, school, or home libraries.

Holes is a 1998 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and the winner of the 1998 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the 1999 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Fiction and the 1999 Newbery Medal.

Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, ALA Notable Children's Books, Christopher Awards - Winner, Christopher Award for Books for YR, Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of the Year, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, NYTBR Notable Children's BOTY, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, Boston Globe - Horn Book Award, Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee, ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults, Newbery Medal Winner, Florida Sunshine State YR Award, Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Award, NY 3 Apples Book Award Master List, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, American Library Association Quick Picks for Young Adults, National Book Awards Winner, New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books of the Year, BCCB Blue Ribbon Award, American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults, ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults


Praise for Holes

“Vladimir Radunsky created the artwork for the 1998 hardcover, and another of his striking paintings adorns Farrar, Straus and Giroux's 10th-anniversary edition . . . Wrapped in an acetate jacket, the whole package has a crisp, sparkling appeal. Kid-friendly bonus materials include lighthearted personal perspectives written by Sachar's older brother, daughter, and wife; his Newbery acceptance speech; and several black-and-white photos, mostly taken on the movie set.” —SLJ's Extra Helping

“Stanley Yelnats IV has been wrongly accused of stealing a famous baseball player's valued sneakers and is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention home where the boys dig holes, five feet deep by five feet across, in the miserable Texas heat. It's just one more piece of bad luck that's befallen Stanley's family for generations...There is no question, kids will love Holes.” —Starred, School Library Journal

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Louis Sachar

LOUIS SACHAR made history with Holes, which won every major children's book award and was turned into a movie. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Louis Sachar

Photo by Carla Sachar

From the Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Latest on Facebook