Books - Review

Showing all books by: Louis Sachar

Stanley Yelnats is sent off to Green Lake Detention Centre after being wrongly convicted of stealing a pair of trainers. There he joins the other boys in Gang D whose only task is to dig holes in the dry lake bed. But a crisis develops when one of the boys runs off into the desert, and Stanley follows after him.
Excellent, really enjoyed this. Great story, cool characters and fantastic cover.
Score: 8
Published: 2000
Read: October 3rd 2007

Small Steps
Armpit has left the Green Lake Detention Camp and is trying to make his way in the world in small steps with a decent job, studying at college, and spends much of his spare time with Ginny, his young neighbour with cerebral palsy. But he finds himself in trouble again as he can't avoid helping out his old mate X-ray with his concert ticket scam. However he and Ginny get lucky when they end up at the concert and despite being almost thrown out because of their fake tickets they end up with stage-side seats and get to meet the lovely Kaira, who seems to really like Armpit.
Great - this was really good, an excellent follow-up to Holes.
Score: 7.5
Published: 2006
Read: October 24th 2007

The Cardturner
Teenager Alton is persuaded to help his elderly, blind, well-off uncle play bridge by turning his cards for him. Alton's mother is keen as she is hoping the family might get a big inheritance out of the deal. However Alton finds himself getting more and more interested in the bridge play, and meets Toni an attractive budding young bridge player. But Toni gets some of her inspired play from her dead grandmother, and Alton also uncovers some secrets from his family history.
Excellent story, entirely believable, even the ghostly bits! Makes me keen to have another go at playing bridge.
Score: 8.5
Published: 2010
Read: January 7th 2011

There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom
Bradley is a bully, and tells lies all the time. Everyone at school avoids him. But then a new boy called Jeff starts and has to sit next to him in class and to begin with at least, seems to like him. Also Carla the school counsellor has a lot of time for both Jeff and Bradley, and Bradley comes to the realisation that maybe he could, just for once, submit a piece of homework and maybe even get an elusive gold star.
Fabulous, really good story and characters, lovely writing.
Score: 8.5
Published: 2016
Read: September 5th 2020