Friendship and Betrayal, Family is the Key to Success, Self-to-Self, Treasures/Valuables

"Call my mom for me, okay? Tell her... Tell her I said I was sorry. Tell her Alan said he was sorry."

This quote goes along with family is the key to success are treasures and values because of how the character changed throughout the book. This character was really mean and controlling over the other kids in the Camp and his friends were basically his slaves. At the end of the book when he saw the relationship between Stanley and Zero he saw what true friends look like and wanted to change his past actions and start off on a clean slate. I think the true identity of this character was that deep inside he has a heart and nobody can take his integrity away.

"I really have to sit down."

"Just see if you can go a little-"

Zero collapsed.'

This quote has to do with friendship and betrayal because even though Zero and Stanley, also known as Caveman were betrayed by many of their "friends" at Camp, they still stayed strong friends throughout the whole process. Even at the end of the book these two protagonists stayed friends and helped each other find what they were looking for. For example, Zero found his mother with the money that was shared between him and Stanley. The chest that they found together they shared and equal amount of the millions of dollars that was rightfully theres and the curse was over. Since Stanley and Zero found out that they were related to Madam Zeroni and Stanley's great great grandfather which meant they were related they became next door neighbors and stayed true best friends for life.

No matter what situation you are in, make the best of it.


Welcome to Camp Green Lake! The lake is as blue as the sky. The little Texas town is a child-friendly place to be. This is definitely the place to be to kick back and relax. If it were more than 100 years ago! Camp Green Lake is where the 'troubled kids' are sent if they would rather be at camp than prison. And for Stanley Yelnats, he would chose camp any day over prison- coming from a poor family and all. Stanley made some new friends quickly; Squid, X-Ray, Magnet, Armpit, Zigzag, Zero, and 'Mom,' who is really Mr. Pendanski their counselor.The boys are to dig a hole each day that is five feet wide and five feet high. And Stanley believes that the whole situation is a curse because of his no good dirty rotten pig stealing great great grandfather. Stanley soon discovers that he can break his family's curse and with the help of his best friend Hector (Zero) they are both able to find what they are looking for. Zero is reunited with his mother and Stanley breaks the curse after they both run away from Camp Green Lake and head up to God's thumb by traveling through the harsh conditions of the desert.

Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar was born in East Meadow, New York and lived there until he was in third grade. He was born on March 20, 1954. Louis moved to Tustin, California after New York. After high school he attended a college in Ohio. Sadly during his first trimester, his father died and he moved back to California to be with his mother. In 1985 Louis married a woman named Carla and they lived in Austin Texas together with their dog, Watson. He continues to write today, often two hours every morning. Louis Sachar never lets anyone read his work until he is finishes writing it. His wife Carla is always the first to read everything he does before anyone else. The book Holes was a Newbery Award winning book and also a National Book Award for Young People's Literature winner. The book also was the winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. He's also won ALA medals on this book such as the Best Book for Young Adults, Notable Book, and Quick Pick. Miner awards this book was earned include:

  • Christopher Award for Juvenile Fiction
  • Notable Children's Book of the Year
  • Horn Book Fare