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Author: Louis Sachar
ISBN 13: 9780440228592
ISBN 10: 44022859
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Publication Date: 2001-08-14
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 272
List Price: $7.99

As further evidence of his family's bad fortune, which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish boys' juvenile detention center in the Texas desert. As punishment, the boys here must each dig a hole every day, five feet deep and five feet across. Ultimately, Stanley "digs up the truth" -- and through his experience, finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself. Winner of the 1998 National Book Award for young people's literature, here is a wildly inventive, darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment -- and redemption.

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Louis Sachar has the ability to see the underside of life from a humorous angle.