Holes by Louis Sachar

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  • Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys "build character" by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn't take long for Stanley to realize there's more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.
  • For the 10 and up age group, this Newbery Medal winner is about a boy who spends one fateful summer at Camp Green Lake.  This place, however deceitful the name, is not comprised of swimming holes and campfires.  Rather, it is akin to a juvenile detention center where the punishment is to dig all day long in the hot sun.  In a tale of friendship, irony, and good vs. evil, this book will keep your nieces and nephews captivated from start to finish.