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Louis Sachar

Autor(a) de Holes

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About the Author

Louis Sachar was born in East Meadow, New York on March 20, 1954. He attended the University of California, at Berkeley. During his senior year, he helped out at Hillside Elementary School. It was his experience there that led to his first book, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, written in mostrar mais 1976. After college, he worked for a while in a sweater warehouse in Norwalk, Connecticut before attending Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where he graduated in 1980. Sideways Stories from Wayside School was accepted for publication during his first week of law school. He worked part-time as a lawyer for eight years before becoming a full-time writer in 1989. His other works include There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, the Marvin Redpost books, Fuzzy Mud, and Holes, which won the 1999 Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and was made into a major motion picture. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Louis Sachar

Holes (1998) 22,653 exemplares
Sideways Stories from Wayside School (1978) 8,050 exemplares
Wayside School is Falling Down (1989) 5,110 exemplares
There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom (1988) 3,718 exemplares
Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger (1995) 3,396 exemplares
Small Steps (2006) 2,905 exemplares
Holes (Holes Series) 2,464 exemplares
Dogs Don't Tell Jokes (1991) 1,124 exemplares
Marvin Redpost: Class President (1999) 1,092 exemplares
Marvin Redpost: Kidnapped at Birth? (1992) 1,058 exemplares
Fuzzy Mud (2015) 808 exemplares
Sixth Grade Secrets (1987) 776 exemplares
Marvin Redpost: Why Pick on Me? (1993) 729 exemplares
The Boy Who Lost His Face (1989) 656 exemplares
Marvin Redpost: Is He a Girl? (1993) 556 exemplares
Marvin Redpost: A Magic Crystal? (2000) 344 exemplares
Someday Angeline (1983) 337 exemplares
Johnny's in the Basement (1983) 110 exemplares
Monkey Soup (1992) 68 exemplares
Holes - Teachers Guide (2008) — Autor — 1 exemplar
Sucesos en Monte Páramo (2016) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Holes [2003 film] (2003) — Screenwriter — 276 exemplares
It's Great To Be Eight (1997) — Contribuidor — 262 exemplares
Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy (2009) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares


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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
East Meadow, New York, USA
Locais de residência
Tustin, California, USA
Austin, Texas, USA
Antioch College
University of California, Berkeley (BA ∙ Economics ∙ 1976)
University of California, Hastings College of Law (JD ∙ 1980)
young adult fiction writer
Prémios e menções honrosas
Newbery Medal (1999)

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Louis Sachar (born March 20, 1954) is an American young-adult mystery-comedy author. He is best known for the Wayside School series and the novel Holes.

Holes won the 1998 U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the 1999 Newbery Medal for the year's "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children". In 2013, it was ranked sixth among all children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal.

After graduating from Tustin high school, Sachar attended Antioch College for a semester before transferring to University of California, Berkeley, during which time he began helping at an elementary school in return for 3 college credits. Sachar later recalled,

I thought it over and decided it was a pretty good deal. College credits, no homework, no term papers, no tests, all I had to do was help out in a second/third grade class at Hillside Elementary School. Besides helping out in a classroom, I also became the Noontime Supervisor, or "Louis the Yard Teacher" as I was known to the kids. It became my favorite college class, and a life changing experience.

Sachar graduated from UC Berkeley in 1976 with a degree in Economics, and began working on Sideways Stories From Wayside School, a children's book set at an elementary school with supernatural elements. Although the book's students were named after children from Hillside and there is a presumably autobiographical character named "Louis the Yard Teacher," Sachar has said that he draws very little from personal experience, explaining that ". ... my personal experiences are kind of boring. I have to make up what I put in my books."

Sachar wrote the book at night over the course of nine months, during which he worked during the day in a Connecticut sweater warehouse. After being fired from the warehouse, Sachar decided to go to law school, around which time Sideways Stories From Wayside School was accepted for publication. The book was released in 1978; though it was not widely distributed and subsequently did not sell very well, Sachar began to accumulate a fan base among young readers. Sachar graduated from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1980 and did part-time legal work while continuing to write children's books. By 1989, his books were selling well enough that Sachar was able to begin writing full-time.

Sachar married Carla Askew, an elementary school counselor, in 1985. They live in Austin, Texas, and have a daughter, Sherre, born January 19, 1987. Sachar has mentioned both his wife and daughter in his books; Carla was the inspiration for the counselor in There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom (1988), and Stanley's lawyer in Holes.

When asked about whether he thought children have changed over the years, Sachar responded: "I've actually been writing since 1976, and my first book is still in print and doing very well."

On April 18, 2003, the Walt Disney film adaptation of Holes was released, which earned $71.4 million worldwide. Sachar himself wrote the film's screenplay. On November 19, 2005, the Wayside School series was adapted into a special, two years later becoming a TV show with two seasons.



Holes, Louis Sachar em World Reading Circle (Junho 2013)


2.5 stars

Here's the thing: I loved the Wayside School books as a kid. I checked this book out a couple times when I was in 3rd/4th grade, but could never understand any of the problems, and ended up thinking that I was just dumb.

I just re-read this book, and worked through the problems, and even my much older self had to look at a few hints and answers, and got a couple of them wrong!

There is a small amount of fun story-telling here and there, but it is mostly just math (there are a few logic problems, as well). This is great for kids who naturally excel in math, but for kids who are better at language (and especially young kids), the book will just be frustrating and discouraging.

These are some of the problems included in the book:

moth took = hmmm (reader figures out which numbers, 0-9, the letters in the problem each stand for) Answer: h=1, k=6, m=7, o=8, t=9

1. The answer to this statement is different from the answer to statement number 5 - T/F
2. Statement number 10 is false - T/F
3. This statement is true - T/F
4. Statement number 7 is true - T/F
5. At least two of the above statements are false - T/F
6. The answer to this statement is different from the answer to statement number 9 - T/F
7. Statement number 6 is false - T/F
8. Statement number 2 is true - T/F
9. The answers to statements 3 and 4 are different - T/F
10. The answer to statement number 3 is true - T/F
Answer: 1. True; 2. False; 3. True; 4. True; 5. False; 6. False; 7. True; 8. False; 9. False; 10. True
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RachelRachelRachel | 8 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |
It was so wonderful to be back at Wayside!

I read this to my nieces, and one declared she liked this one even better than the first book in the series (her favorite).

I loved all the references to the previous books: goozack, Mrs. Gorf, Miss Zarves, even Louis the yard teacher saying that he had some money because he'd written a few books about Wayside School.

We all hope he writes a few more!
RachelRachelRachel | 13 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |
This was one of my favorite books as a kid - I actually loved all the Wayside books! I read this one aloud to my nieces (ages 6, 8, 10) and they enjoyed it, too. This is full of truly silly stories that are just fun!

A note for parents/teachers: The children do use a few put-downs like "dumb" and "stupid."
RachelRachelRachel | 103 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |
Sequel to Holes.
VillageProject | 73 outras críticas | Nov 16, 2023 |


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