Stanley Yelnats, overweight, bullied at school, and generally unlucky in life is found guilty of stealing a pair of sneakers he never took. He is sentenced to 18 months at Camp Green Lake, a correctional facility for young offenders.
Camp Green Lake is in the middle of the desert - nothing is green and there hasn't been a lake there for 110 years. All that is there now is holes, lots of holes, and more holes are being dug every day by the unlucky "campers"; each hole being exactly five feet deep and five feet across.
Who is to blame for Stanley's misfortune? Well, if you asked Stanley he would probably blame his "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather" who was cursed by a wise woman a long time ago.
I had never heard of this book until I saw it in the Kindle Summer Sale and I have subsequently found out that it is considered a modern classic in American children's literature. It well deserves that status as this book is brilliant - in fact it is better than that! It has become in one reading one of my all time favourite children's books.
The deceptively simple plot is set both in the present day and 110 years ago when Green Lake was a thriving community. It just pulls you along for page after page until suddenly quite near the end, everything links up and in one flash of brilliance, it all makes perfect, wonderful and quite emotionally satisfying sense! There are just so many parts of the story that link up and loop back and join together that you will find yourself wondering how you missed them all and what others there are still to find! Absolute genius!
The Kindle presentation is perfect. There are no formatting or typographical errors at all and even the few illustrations in the book are faithfully reproduced on the Kindle.
Overall: 5 stars - This book is wonderful! No matter what your age, read it for yourself and find out just how good it is!