By Louis Sachar

Original Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Current & Digital Publisher: Yearling (Random House)

Reading Level: Ages 8 & Up

YPL Finalists That Year:

  • Ann Cameron for The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods
  • Jack Gantos for Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
  • Anita Lobel for No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War
  • Richard Peck for A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories

YPL Winner That Year: Louis Sachar for Holes

Judges That Year: Karla Kuskin Bell, Victor Martinez, Liz Rosenberg, Spencer Shaw, Suzanne Fisher Staples

The Year in Literature: In 2003, Holes was made into a successful movie of the same title starring Shia LaBeouf, Jon Voight, and Sigourney Weaver.

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