“Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.
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.”
I had read the book as a child and seen the film more recently. I saw a copy in a charity shop and thought I’d give it a go. I really enjoyed the writing style and how easily it flowed. There was very strong character development and I really started to feel attachment to Stanley and Zero.
I read the book very quickly as it is only 233 pages but also because it was such a strong story line I didn’t want to put it down!
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars!