Once in a great while, the Newbery Medal actually goes to the best children’s book of the year rather than a pale compromise (that is, the third choice of everyone on the selection committee). When the 1999 award went to Holes by Louis Sachar, it honored something that is rare in juvenile literature and very common in adult fiction: narrative complexity grounded in a moral vision.
Here is a story that unfolds in four time zones....
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