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Peer Book Review

Holes by Lois Sacher

My opinion on the book, Holes, is that it was an intriguing story about a boy who was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. He was sent to a horrifying camp in which the authority figures made the children dig holes in the ground. Their purpose was really to look for a lost treasure of a very famous outlaw who buried her treasure in the ground.

I really enjoyed the writer’s creativity that stimulated the mind and the plot made interesting circles in the book.

Reviewed by Tammy Gates.

Holes is about Stanley Yelnats getting blamed for something he didn’t steal. So the Judge says, "go to jail or Camp Green Lake."

Since Stanley’s family is poor, he went to Camp Green Lake. There all you did is dig one hole each day. Five feet deep, each hole is five feet away from one another. Will he ever be saved?

Reviewed by Britanie Onyema

crbook.gif (14953 bytes)I thought Holes was kind of a funny story. I thought that the characters were outrageous. Stanley Yelnats was a crazy name. His name spelled backwards was his first name. Camp Green Lake seemed like it was scary.

Reviewed by Lamar Brock


Women & Black History Trivia
1. She was born in 1894 and died in 1937. She called herself the Empress of Blues - others called her the greatest female blues singer. Who is she?
2. She is one of the great originators of modern dance. In her book, My Life, she talks of the conflict between art and life for the woman artist (1877-1927). Who is she?
3. She was the first American woman astronaut to go into space.
4. Her book, The Color Purple, made her the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. Who is she?
5. During the Revolutionary War she carried in-telligence reports to General George Washing- ton. She rode for two days through enemy territory to safely complete her mission. Who is she?
6. She was the first woman to serve as chief of a major North American tribe.
7. She was the first American woman to win five Olympic gold medals.
8. He is known as the Father of Black History.
9. The man known as El Hajj Malik El Shabazz was killed on February 21, 1965. We know him as________________.
10. In 1976, this Jamaican reggae singer got his big break with a song called Rasta Man Vibration.



1. Bessie Smith; 2. Isadora Duncan; 3. Sally Ride; 4. Alice Walker; 5. Deborah Champion; 6. Wilma Mankiller; 7. Bonnie Blair; 8. Carter G. Woodson; 9. Malcom X; 10. Bob Marley.

Books For Smart Girls
(and boys who like them)

Dee, Catherine. The Girls' Book Of Friendship: Cool Quotes, True Stories, Secrets, And More. Boston: Little Brown & Co., 2001. J177

_____. The Girls' Book Of Wisdom: Empowering, Inspirational Quotes From 400 Fabulous Females. Boston: Little Brown & Co., 1999. J305.4

Hansen, Joyce. Women of Hope: African Americans Who Made a Difference. New York: Scholastic, 1998. J920.72089

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters. San Diego: Harcourt, 2000. J323.0922


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