25 YA Novels Everyone — Even Adults — Should Read

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Holes, Louis Sachar

Before it was a Disney-produced Shia LaBeouf vehicle, Holes was the simple story of Stanley Yelnats, a kid from a poor family sentenced to dig a hole a day at Camp Green Lake for a crime he didn’t commit. There, Stanley dives into his family history and bonds with his fellow inmates, creating a story that reaches back across generations to create a fairy tale-like narrative of loss and miraculous recovery.