Some of you may have heard of the author Louis Sachar from a little book he wrote called Holes. In 2003, Holes was released as a movie, with Shia LaBeouf playing the main character, a kid named Stanley Yelnats (his name is a palindrome — it’s spelled the same forwards and backwards!). Thanks to a family curse of bad luck, Stanley is sent to a prison camp for stealing a pair of sneakers he didn’t steal. Since Holes, Shia LaBeouf has gone on to star in the blockbuster movies Transformers and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. And Holes, is certainly not Sachar’s only blockbuster book.
My favorite book of Sachar’s is Sideways Stories from Wayside School. In this book, Sachar takes the reader into the classroom on the 30th story of a school that was built sideways. You see, Wayside School was supposed to have 30 classrooms next to each other, but the builders made a mistake: they built the school 30 stories high with one classroom on each story! And, like the school building itself, everything at Wayside School is just a little bit off. The teachers and kids are wacky and hilarious, and this book will have you laughing out loud.
After you fall in love with Sideways Stories from Wayside School, be sure to read the sequels, Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger and Wayside School is Falling Down, and try the puzzles in Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School. And this still only scratches the surface of Sachar’s great books. If you’ve read any of his books, I’d love to know which is YOUR favorite!
—Carly, STACKS Staffer