Stanley Yelnat's family has a history of bad luck going back generations, so he is not too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre. Nor is he very surprised when he is told that his daily labour at the camp is to dig a hole, five foot wide by five foot deep, and report anything that he finds in that hole. The warden claims that it is character building, but this is a lie and Stanley must dig up the truth. In this wonderfully inventive, compelling novel that is both serious and funny, Louis Sachar has created a masterpiece that will leave all readers amazed and delighted by the author's narrative flair and brilliantly handled plot.
This is a brilliant book. I read it in school and it's really really good.
"What a surprise!" -
This book is funny, quirky and tightly plotted - I haven't enjoyed a book so much for ages. Stanley Yelnats doesn't mind so much going off to a Green Lake Camp - after all, his family could never afford to send him to summer camp, so this seems like it might be the next best thing. The trouble is, the lake dried up years ago, the only green things around are the poisonous lizards that are as good as a death sentence if they touch you, and he has to spend every day digging a very large hole in the blazing sun. But Stanley finds a lot more than sand digging in that desert. A recommended read for readers 9+ to any age.