What are some values from Holes by Louis Sachar?

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Justice, of course, is a major theme of the book, but Sachar's treatment of this theme calls into question the validity of criminal justice institutions—the camp—and suggests that true justice is the product of personal morality. This can be seen by comparing the treatment of the boys at the hands of the corrupt "professionals" who run the camp with the boys' treatment of one another. More specifically, the boys' ability to treat each other with genuine kindness can be seen in the bond that develops between Stanley and Zero after Stanley begins to teach Zero to read.

Truth, or personal integrity, is another major theme in the book. While Stanley's decision to steal the water truck is, in one sense, a crime, in a larger sense the risk he takes in doing so is an expression of his own moral code: he feels an obligation to search for Zero. On another level, the "truth" about the camp and why the boys are digging the holes is...

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