Click on the links to listen to Holes chapters being read on YouTube.  My voice is a bit croaky so feel free to turn it off and read it yourself or ask someone at home to read it to you!


 Chapter 15 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbC5UFxcDS0

Chapter 16 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM9OLTnqg8Y

Ch 17/18 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3Hi_WbioRc

Ch 19 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPmvQCFOH2k

Ch 20 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df7_ywf7j74

Ch 21 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR-8iWlXVD8

Ch 22/23 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAbIgD3O4ww

Ch 24 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM_vQziD9SI

Ch 25 -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjjChSvofic

I also said I would give you some ideas for follow up work after each chapter - this is entirely optional, Mrs Amey and Mrs Farrer will also be giving you things to do and I don't want to overload you!  But Holes Ch 25 is now introducing ideas about racism in the United States at around the time Kate Barlow was alive and you could do interesting research on this.  The laws keeping black people and white people apart ( this is called segregation) were called the Jim Crow laws.  You could create a factfile, a poster showing different laws or write a letter to the US president demanding an end to Jim Crow laws (who would the US president have been 110 years ago?).  Be careful though, there are lots of nasty images and facts/opinions online so please stick to a child friendly website and make sure mum or dad are aware of what you are researching.  If you see anything upsetting, stop, move away from the screen and ask mum or dad to get rid of it.    One good, safe site is -


At the bottom, there are links you can click to that are also safe.  You can click a link to have the page read to you if you like.  Find out about Ruby Bridges, Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Harriett Tubman, Martin Luther King Jnr and take the quiz at the bottom of the page, or write a factfile for one of them or a diary account, pretending you are one of them.


Ch 26 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcqVq4gDUxA   Why do you think Louis Sachar wrote 'Here are the facts..' when he tells us what happened to Sam and Mary Lou?  What effect does it have on the reader?
Ch 27  -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhlEh6mg5II  What is important about Zero's real name?  Email and tell me.  You can also tell me what Mr. Sir might have put in Stanley's canteen (yuk!)  - was Stanley right not to drink it, do you think?!! What would you do if you were Stanley?
Ch 28 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhEJHv9Qgf4   How is this chapter connected to what Stanley and the others are doing at Camp Green Lake?  Who do you think the Warden might be? What is the evidence from the text?
Ch 29 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVKkTY02HMI
Ch 30 -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j5_mq6jQ6Q   Where might Zero go - do you think he will come back?  Why does the warden say 'It's nearly time I painted my nails again?'
Ch 31 is here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1VcX7-VcZk  Why does the Warden tell Mr Pendanski and Mr Sir to get rid of all of Zero's records?  What is she hoping might happen?
Ch 32 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6skwE6pYBsk - imagine you are Twitch.  Write instructions for Stanley on how to drive a car!
Ch 33 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbqCMJ4ibOk - write some thought bubbles for Stanley as he moves across the desert. Or, write it as a monologue (look up some famous monologues and what it means first!)
Ch 34 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGdIZeJl3PA - research mirages - what are they and what causes them?  
Ch 35 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn1jY_WcAE4  - link the story now back to the story of Sam and Mary Lou.  What is Sploosh?  Write a recipe for it!
Chapter 46 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfnzn5qOKrA
Chapter 47 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SwpnTr6gts
Chapter 48 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luJXTxubZ68
Chapter 49 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3jEOKyHJWM
Chapter 50 -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP-l-HM9SVg