This is the kind of values at Camp Green Lake: "If you take a bad boy and make him dig a hole every day in the hot sun, it will turn him into a good boy." That place is a juvenile detention facility. No lake there. And no happy campers either.
For Stanley Yelnats, being sent to Camp Green Lake is the better option, since the other one is jail. No matter that his conviction was all a case of mistaken identity, the Yelnats family has become accustomed to a long history of bad luck, thanks to their "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather!"
Though he is actually innocent, Stanley couldn't escape from and is quickly enmeshed in the Camp Green Lake routine: rising before dawn to dig a hole five feet deep and five feet in diameter; learning how to get along with the Lord of the Flies-styled pack of boys in Group D; and fearing the warden, who paints her fingernails with rattlesnake venom. But when Stanley realizes that the boys may not just be digging to build character--that in fact the warden is seeking something specific--the plot gets as thick as the irony.
Holes is a novel for children or young adults written by Louis Sachar. This book won the 1998 U.S. National Book Award for Young People's Literature and the 1999 Newbery Medal for the year's "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children"
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