A person responsible for supervising or maintaining order in a place. The Warden is the woman who owns the land around Camp Green Lake and has authority there.
Safety, a place where one can take shelter. God's Thumb is a refuge for Stanley's great-grandfather, and for Stanley and Zero.
To be naive and ignorant of the true state of things.
A person who is on the run, avoiding arrest. Kissin' Kate is a fugitive from justice, and Stanley and Zero become fugitives later in the novel when they run away from Camp Green Lake.
A measure of capacity or volume. Katherine Barlow made her special spiced peaches from bushels of peaches mixed with spices.
To expel someone from a property or a house. Stanley's family is constantly threatened with eviction by their landlord.
An open area usually enclosed by a fence, usually in a prison. Camp Green Lake has no fences or guard towers, as Mr. Sir points out, but it still qualifies as a compound because the boys cannot really escape.
A holder for carrying a gun. Mr. Sir keeps a gun in his holster to use against yellow-spotted lizards.
A medicinal drink that is supposed to restore health or well-being. Sam the onion man sells onion tonics to the townspeople of Green Lake.
A steep rock face or cliff. Stanley and Zero have to face the danger of precipices as they scale God's Thumb.
A room used for entertainment and relaxation. The rec room in Camp Green Lake is so beaten up that the sign has been replaced by one reading "Wreck Room."
Pulsating, beating, as with blood. When Stanley is injured behind his ear with Zigzag's shovel, the wound throbs with his heartbeat.
A person who has committed a crime and remains at large. Kissin' Kate Barlow is a notorious outlaw figure in this novel.
A narrow, often collapsible camp bed. The boys in D tent sleep on cots.
Holes Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for Holes is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Actually, it is kind of odd that scientists named the lizard after its yellow spots. Each lizard has exactly eleven yellow spots, but the spots are hard to see on its yellow-green body. The lizard is from six to ten inches long and...
The author wanted the ability to be omniscient. This allowed the author to go into the minds of different characters and see the world through their eyes. This is an effective way of illustrating character to the reader.