by Louis Sachar
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WINNER OF THE NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD SELECTED AS ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE’S 100 BEST YA BOOKS OF ALL TIME
Stanley Yelnats’ family has a history of bad luck, so when a miscarriage of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre (which isn’t green and doesn’t have a lake) he is not surprised.
Every day he and the other inmates are told to dig a hole, five foot wide by five foot deep, reporting anything they find.
Why? The evil warden claims that it’s character building, but this is a lie.
It’s up to Stanley to dig up the truth. Witty, inventive and completely unique, this is a masterpiece of storytelling that combines sly humour with irresistible, page-turning writing.