- Author: Louis Sachar
Winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, this story features Stanley Yelnats, a kid who is under a curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealin'-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys "build character" by spending every day digging holes five feet wide by five feet deep. It doesn't take long for Stanley to realize there's something else going on here. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime, punishment and redemption.