Analysis of the Friendship in Holes by Louis Sachar and Best Friends by Jacqueline Wilson

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Sacrificial Friendship

In the book holes, written by Louis Sachar, Stanley Yelnats the main character is a poor, friendless, over weighted boy who is constantly bullied at school. He is arrest one day for a crime that did not commit. Stanley is therefore condemned to jail or to be sent to a place called Camp Green Lake for eighteen months as he is unable to prove his innocence. Stanley chooses Camp Green Lake. But upon arriving in the camp, Stanley discovers that it is actually a barren and desolate wasteland, where boys are forced to dig holes in order to "build character". There, Stanley meets a few boys who he will share a tent with, including a boy called Zero and a counselor called Mr. Pendanski who enjoys mocking Zero. At first
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As Stanley is about to leave Camp Green Lake he looks at Zero who has been with him all this while, was his only true friend, he realizes that he cannot leave Zero behind. This prompts his lawyer to have the Attorney General look up Zero’s files, but is unable to find them, as a result Zero is released from Camp Green Lake together with Stanley.

This uniquely formed friendship between Stanley and Zero reminds me of friendship between two girls named Gemma and Alice, in a book I read in Grade four called Best Friends written by Jacqueline Wilson. Gemma and Alice are two girls that are worlds apart. Gemma is a dare devil tomboy who enjoys doing crazy, dangerous, and embarrassing things that often lands her into trouble. Alice on the other hand, is a well behaved and mannered girly girl who unlike Gemma is a good angel in the eyes of mostly everyone one who meets and knows her. Despite their differences they have remain loyal and a good friends to each other, as they have practically known each other all their life (even share the same birthday), and are inseparable. But when Alice begins to get very upset and depressed during her every moment with Gemma, Gemma begins to feel as if there is something that Alice is keeping from her. As Alice later reveals to Gemma that she is moving away to Scotland, this news is upsetting to both of them as it will mean that they will

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