Stanley Yelnats' 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 labor 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.
Throw Back Thursday is a post in which I talk about books that I loved and read as a child - and still remember fondly of today!
Okay, I admit it. I didn't read this book on my own accord. I was in middle school when it came out and became so popular, but I wasn't that intrigued with the cover. It look like the book had something to do with the moon. I mean, look at the cover - it looks like it's the craters of the moon! And the starry sky in the background just adds to the effect. I know, I know - I shouldn't have judge the book by the cover, but I did, because I remember never even reading the synopsis on the back.
But when I was in seventh grade, we had to read it for lit class. So, I grudgingly picked it up. The first thing I realized was the Louis Sachar had written it. I didn't recognize the name so much, as the series he wrote - Wayside School. I read those book in maybe third grade and enjoyed every little story, so the fact that it was a writer that I was fond of was definitely a plus.
Luckily, I was immediately impressed by Stanley's eclectic family, as well as the strange boys of Camp Green Lake. The side characters, such as the Warden, added extra intrigue, and the little adventure/mystery at the center of the plot was pretty compelling. I was genuinely pleasantly surprised by the book itself. I'm pretty sure there isn't many people who haven't read this book by now, but you should definitely read it if you haven't already! It's a children's classic!