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Review of Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom

Wayside School Beneath the Cloud of Doom [Wayside School] by Louis Sachar; illus. by Tim Heitz Intermediate    Harper/HarperCollins    182 pp.    g 3/20    978-0-06-296538-7    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-296542-4    $10.99 Yes, per the introductory author's note to this fourth book about the wacky elementary school, it's been forty years since the first...

Louis Sachar Talks with Roger

Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here.Sponsored byWhile Louis Sachar's books are frequently tinged with something other than reality (the Wayside School, the curse in Holes, the voices from Beyond in The Cardturner), Fuzzy Mud...

Review of Fuzzy Mud

Fuzzy Mudby Louis SacharIntermediate, Middle School   Delacorte   184 pp.8/15   978-0-385-74378-5   $16.99Library ed. 978-0-375-99129-5   $19.99   ge-book ed. 978-0-385-37021-9   $10.99A shortcut through the woods? What could go wrong? Neighbors and fellow outsiders Tamaya (fifth grade) and Marshall (seventh) are in bigger trouble than they know when Marshall diverts them from their usual...

An Interview with Andrew Davis

An old friend of mine from Chicago and the director of films including The Fugitive and A Perfect Murder, Andy Davis made a movie hit from Louis Sachar’s popular and dauntingly honored Holes. Here we talk about how that came about.ROGER SUTTON: What was it like to make a movie...

Holes: Author Louis Sachar’s 1999 BGHB Fiction Award Speech

In Holes, Stanley Yelnats assumes his position among unlikely but likable folk heroes of mythic proportion. The author presents a sophisticated, satisfying, surreally realistic mystery–tall tale in a place where past and present intersect. —1999 BGHB judge Maria B SalvadoreThis is great. It is very gratifying to be recognized by...

Profiles of Louis Sachar

by Sherre Sachar Louis Sachar. Photo by Carla Sachar“Are you really Louis Sachar’s daughter?” A fifth-grader asked me that my first week of kindergarten. Word spread rather quickly on the playground and I was suddenly thrown into the world of people who really loved my dad’s books. Until then, I...

Review of Holes

Holesby Louis SacharIntermediate, Older     Foster/Farrar     235 pp.9/98      ISBN 0-374-33265-7      $16.00     gMany years ago I heard a long — very long — shaggy dog story involving a couple of grumpy people, a plane, a train, a brick, a dog, and a cigar. It must have gone on for forty-five minutes or...

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