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by Louis Sachar

Author: Louis Sachar

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Language: English

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A wonderful tale describing the life of Stanley Yelnats and his family who are not lucky. One day the main character is accused of being a thief and Stanley can choose between going to jail or to Camp Green Lake. He decides to go to the camp as he thinks that it will be a new and interesting experience for him. However, when Stanley arrives there, it turns out that in Camp Green Lake there is not lake and in fact it is not a camp. It is a prison-industries camp for underages. Warders there are very evil and strict. For example, one of them paints her nails with snake poison. The main task for each prisoner is digging holes with dimensions five by five. Stanley and his friends start wondering who needs such holes and why. As they find out la... Read more

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ISBN: 0374332665
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...hole, and it would take a year and a half to dig it. He guessed he'd lost at least five pounds. Hefigured that in a year and a half he'd be either in great physical condition, or else dead. He dug his shovel into the dirt. It couldn't always be this hot, he thought. Surely it got cooler in December. Maybe then they froze. He dug his shovel into the dirt. His skin had gotten tougher. It didn't hurt so much to hold the shovel. As he drank from his canteen he looked up at the sky. A cloud had appeared earlier in the day. It wasthe first cloud he could remember seeing since coming to Camp Green Lake. He and the other boys had been watching it all day, hoping it would move in front of the sun. Occasionally it got close, but it was just teasing them. His hole was waist deep. He dug his shovel into the dirt. As he dumped it out, he thought he sawsomething glisten as it fell onto the dirt pile. Whatever it was, it was quickly buried. Stanley stared at the pile a moment, unsure if he'd even...

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All comments: 14

17 Feb 2012 03:07:35

Good book, my class enjoyed very much especially the movie! :)

02 Mar 2011 01:06:54

i hate it i hate it i hate i hate it its horible

25 Jan 2011 23:59:47

this book sucks


11 Jan 2011 21:00:52

great book.. only book i had to read for school i enjoyed


09 Jan 2011 02:17:17

Good book, strange, but good

16 Dec 2010 20:04:53

i love this book

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occurred to him that he couldn't remember the last time he felt happiness. It wasn't just being sent toCamp Green Lake that had made his life miserable. Before that he'd been unhappy at school, where hehad no friends, and bullies like Derrick Dunne picked on him. No one liked him, and the truth was, hedidn't especially like himself.


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When the shoes first fell from the sky, he remembered thinking that destiny had struck him. Now, hethought so again. It was more than a coincidence. It had to be destiny. Maybe they wouldn't have to return to Camp Green Lake, he thought. Maybe they could make it pastthe camp, then follow the dirt road back to civilization. They could fill the sack with onions, and the threejars with water. And he had his canteen as well.


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As Stanley stared at the glittering night sky, he thought there was no place he would rather be. He wasglad Zero put the shoes on the parked car. He was glad they fell from the overpass and hit him on thehead.


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The only trees are two old oaks on the eastern edge of the "lake. " A hammock is stretched between thetwo trees, and a log cabin stands behind that.

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