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Holes Chapters 21-24 Summaries

Instructor: Lindsey Hays

Lindsey has taught Elementary Education, Spanish immersion, and ESL. She has a MS in Elementary Education with a BA in Spanish.

In this lesson, we will continue to follow Stanley's life at Camp Green Lake in ''Holes''. In Chapters 21-24, we learn some of the history of Camp Green Lake, Stanley forms a bond with Zero, and Mr. Sir has an unpleasant reminder of his encounter with the warden.

Stanley and Zero

Have you ever begun a project that seemed to take forever? Did it feel like it was never-ending? At Camp Green Lake, the boys are forced to dig holes daily, and their work seems to take all day. But one day Stanley returns to his hole to see the rest of it has been dug for him. He develops a friendship that will help his days to feel shorter, and will help another in the process.

Chapter 21

As we begin Chapter 21 of Holes by Louis Sachar, Stanley has just left the Warden's room where she has struck Mr. Sir for bothering her with his unimportant sunflower seed problem.

The warden has just hit Mr. Sir with her venomous nail polish, making his face swell.
Nail polish

Stanley remembers his great-grandfather and how he was robbed by Kissin' Kate Barlow and left in the desert, stranded. When he was finally found, he was crazy and talking about how 'God's thumb' saved him.

When Stanley returns, he realizes someone has dug his hole for him because he took the fall for the sunflower seeds. He realizes it must have been Zero, since his hole is smaller than the others.

Chapter 22

Stanley finishes his hole first and returns to wait for Zero. He thanks Zero, and Zero says he did it because he knew Stanley was innocent of stealing the sunflower seeds and the sneakers.

Stanley agrees to teach Zero to read. They begin to practice writing letters. Zero makes a plan to learn five a day for five days. He also offers to dig part of Stanley's hole for him in exchange for a lesson.

Stanley agrees and wonders how Zero was able to make a plan for how many letters a day. He answers that, 'I'm not stupid…I know everybody thinks I am. I just don't like answering their questions.'

That night on his cot, Stanley begins daydreaming and remembers the lipstick container with the initials 'KB'. He suddenly realizes that 'KB' could stand for Kate Barlow.

Chapter 23

When Camp Green Lake was still a lake, they would have a town picnic on July 4th each year. Kate Barlow would always receive a prize for her spiced peaches.

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