Looking for books similar to Holes by Louis Sachar?
Many books for children and teenagers compete for attention, making it difficult to stand out. Although Holes was first published in 1998, it had a profound effect on adults and children alike.
Innocent until proven guilty of an offense, young Stanley Yelnats believes he is doomed. In the juvenile detention center at Camp Green Lake, Stanley and the other inmates are required to dig holes that are exactly five feet wide and five feet deep every day.
Children learn from books like Holes that life isn’t a story. Despite your best efforts, you may not always be rewarded for your good deeds. Life is all about coping with adversity, dealing with failure, and learning from the experience. In Holes, these themes are well-covered.
Those who’ve already read Holes may be wondering what else there is to read in the same vein.
Books like Holes
Small Steps, by Louis Sachar
Armpit from Holes may come to mind. Because Louis Sachar wrote a sequel to his best-selling novel.
In Small Steps, which takes place two years after Armpit’s release from Camp Green Lake, the young man is determined to remain sober.
Obtain a high school diploma
Go to work!
Save a few bucks.
Avoid doing anything that could land him in trouble once more.
Get rid of his moniker
The reason books like Holes succeed is that they don’t pander to their audience. All the difficulties that life throws at us are woven into Armpit’s struggle, making it impossible for him to stay on the straight and narrow
The Silence of Murder, by Dandi Daley Mackall
The Silence of Murder will resonate with anyone who is familiar with neurodiversity. Magic is less of a concern in books like Holes, which focus more on the realities of everyday life’s challenges.
Hope Long and her brother Jeremy are the focus of this tale. Townspeople in the town of Jeremy have accused him of murdering their beloved baseball coach. While Jeremy hasn’t spoken in nine years, he collects empty jars and does other things that make him an easy target for people to focus on.
By convincing the jury Jeremy is not guilty by reason of insanity, Jeremy’s lawyer believes the best defense strategy. In contrast, Hope is adamant about proving Jeremy’s innocence. Unfortunately, she’s terrified of both the real killer and the reason for framing Jeremy.
You should read this book if you don’t know anything about neurodiversity or how easy it is to exploit anyone who is autistic.
Millions, by Frank Cottrell Boyce
‘What would you do?’ questions are common in some books. What would you do if you found yourself holding a wad of cash in your hands? If you had only a few weeks to return it, would you spend the money or return it?
Damian and Anthony, two brothers, just received a check for $1 million that fell from the sky. Because of England’s imminent entry into the Eurozone, the pound will soon be worthless.
They must decide what to do together, all the while grieving for their dead mother and battling the crooks who stole the money..
Ultimately, Millions is a film about the harsh realities of capitalism, the various ways in which grief affects people, and the joy of being in a position to help others when you previously couldn’t.
Matilda, by Roald Dhal
Is this kid a natural talent? Or is she simply a bright child? How does Roald Dahl play with these two questions in Matilda? Matilda is subjected to harsh lessons in books like Holes, which love pitting children against adversity.
Her parents are mean, self-absorbed, and narcissistic, to say the least. That’s why they don’t get Matilda’s love of reading. She has an older brother who is as useful as a wet dishrag, and a principal who cares about her as much as a bulldozer out of control.
Besides reading, Matilda relies on small acts of revenge against her parents and the Trunchbull to keep her spirits high. Aside from Matilda’s teacher, Miss Honey, no one else seems to recognize her intelligence or compassion.
Our five-year-old hero must use all of her wits and immense “brain power” to defeat the Trunchbull and save Miss Honey when he threatens her, the only person she feels truly understands her.
Warm, witty, and amusing. It’s no surprise that Matilda has captivated generations of children, both on the page and in the incredible musical theater production.
There is No Dog, by Meg Rosoff
Suppose God were a 19-year-old named Bob. For that reason alone, I began to read. Books like Holes experiment with a wide range of concepts, but none to the extent of this one.
After his mother won it at intergalactic poker, Bob was named God of Earth. It’s a task that Bob looks forward to at first, but he fails miserably and discovers that building and managing the Earth is much more difficult than he anticipated.
Like many adolescent boys, Bob is sex-crazed, irritable, and prone to getting sidetracked. Mr. B, Bob’s middle-management sidekick, takes advantage of the opportunity to sort things out and basically clean up after Bob.
After millennia, Mr. B is fed up with Bob’s laziness, mess, and general lack of appreciation. As a result, Mr. B has decided to step down from his position. Bob is infatuated with a woman. And then there’s chaos.
There is No Dog works because it asks you to see the world through the eyes of a horny, angry, lazy, and scared adolescent. Even though it was a difficult and at times awe-inspiring experience, many of us can recall it.
Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli
There are some books that don’t hold back when it comes to expressing their emotions. One of them is Stargirl. If you’ve ever felt like an outsider in school, this book is for you.
Mica High’s adolescent Leo is doing his best not to stand out. He doesn’t want anyone to think he’s ‘different’ in any way, shape, or form. He simply wants to fit in. His life was saved by the arrival of Stargirl Caraway. A girl who is unlike Leo in every way.
Kimonos, cowhide, vintage flapper attire, and more can be seen on Stargirl. She brings her ukulele to school, proudly displaying her individuality and differences by playing it.
It takes Leo some time to come to terms with whether or not he should worry more about fitting in or being himself now that Stargirl is such a big deal among the students.
Stargirl is a wonderful book for teenagers who are trying to figure out who they are and who they want to be.
Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke
Holes, for example, likes to hint at magic and sometimes bring it right on over. Including Inkheart on this list would be a disservice to those who enjoy the book.
Similarly to The Eyre Affair, Inkheart explores the question of what would happen if characters in books were real and escaped from the pages of their books?
Meggie spends a lot of time reading. Meggie grew up surrounded by books thanks to her bookbinder father, Mo. Before Meggie knows it, an evil ruler from the book called Inkheart has escaped from the book and landed in their living room.
To save the world before it’s too late, Meggie must learn to harness the power of magic. Inkheart is a charming, imaginative, and engaging follow-up to Holes.
The BFG, by Roald Dhal
Giants vs. humans. However, what about humans and a friendly giant Big Friendly Giant? Dhal’s masterpiece has stood the test of time.
After witnessing the BFG blowing good dreams into children’s windows, orphaned Sophie has been snatched away and taken to Giant country to live with him.
Sophie soon discovers that there are other “chiddler-eating” Giants and that the BFG is trying to protect her from them. Sophie becomes determined to stop the other giants after witnessing their sickening kidnapping antics. And the Big Friendly Giant agrees to assist her.
Like Stanley, Sophie is thrust into a situation over which she has no control in books like Holes. The same is true for Sophie, who, like Stanley, decides to look into and confront the situation she’s been placed in.
Regardless of your age, the BFG is sure to put a smile on your face.
Holes, for example, is witty, poignant, and magical in multiple ways. If you’re a teenager or a middle-aged adult, you’ll find something of interest in this list.