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Reading Level: Grades 5-8 

Lexile Level: 660

Setting: Modern USA, Imaginative

Genre: Modern Classic

Page Count: 288

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Stanley's family never has any luck, and they jokingly blame it on his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather. Accused and convicted of a crime he did not commit, Stanley Yelnats is sentenced and sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention camp. But there is no lake at Camp Green Lake; only a dried-up Texas lake bed. Every morning, the boys at Camp Green Lake are sent out to the lake bed where they are made to dig a hole five feet deep and five feet wide. "You're digging to build character," the counselors tell Stanley, but it soon becomes clear that he and the other boys at Camp Green Lake are being made to look for something - something that the camp's warden wants. 

The warden's secret, the history of Green Lake, the Wild West, and Stanley's own family history all fit together like pieces of a puzzle as choices made in the past continue to have an effect on the present. Soon, Stanley's very life depends on his own choices and events that happened over 100 years ago!

Book Awards:
Newbery Medal Winner 1999   •   National Book Award 1998
   •   William Allen White Children's Book Award   •   Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award   •   Christopher Award   •   ALA Notable Book   •   Horn Book Fanfare   •   New York Times Notable Children's Book   •   School Library Journal Best   •   Publishers Weekly Notable Children's Book of the Year

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