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Most of the story takes place in the state of Texas, where Camp Green Lake is situated. Texas is the second-largest state in the USA, and borders Mexico. It is a very rich state, due to oil, the cattle industry, and computer and science industries. Being such a large state, it has ten different climate regions; in the desert, temperatures can reach 35-40°C (95-104°F) in summer. Texas is home to practically every kind of scenery, from rolling hills and forests, prairies and steppe, to deserts and mountains.


In his acceptance speech for the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, Louis Sachar said that “Holes was inspired by my dislike of the hot Texas summer.”