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  • Published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.
  • Year Published: 1998
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 233 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 660

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0440419468 (pbk.)
  • 044022859X
  • 0374332657
  • 0440414806



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by Sachar, Louis, 1954-

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Where To Find It

Call number: Y Fiction / Sachar, Louis, R Newbery Medal 1999

Available Copies: Downtown Youth, Traverwood Youth

Additional Details

"Frances Foster books."

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 correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.

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I finished the book in less then a day. It was great. I couldn't wait to watch the movie.

Must read

No words to describe how much we loved this book! My son and I read it together and we truly enjoyed it. It is a good pick for ages 10 and up no younger than 8 (in my opinion). It is very magical in a way and the story came together so perfectly. I am glad I checked it out, it is on our top books ever read as a family.


A new favorite! I really enjoy this book.


This book is a really good one! you should read it is a very wonderful book, full of adventure. I could'nt stop reading this book!

Awesome book!!!!!!!!

This book is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great Book!

An amazing book of an overweight boy trying to find himself (through digging holes) :D This book deserves every single accolade it's ever won!

A really good book

and much better than the movie!!

Off to a good start!!!!

So far in this book, I really am enjoying it. This book tells a story about a boy who was accused wrongly of stealing, and had a choice to either go to jail or camp, which was supposed to teach him to be obedient. This is such a great book so far! I recommend it for ages 7 and up. To find out more about this book, check it out at your local library!!!!


my doughter is 10 and she loved this book

Awesomest book ever

To be honest I read this book 187 times I keep track

one of my favorites

There are a lot of fun things in this book. I really like that everyone has a nickname (even though it was quite confusing at first as to who was who). This is easily one of my favorite books of all time. The movie is also very good.


I was honestly pretty scared of this book at first because I never knew that there was such a place! (not that there is.) But, I decided to keep reading on, and it turned out pretty good. I abandoned this book several times but in the end, I managed to finish it.




it is an excellent book


I like the part when Zero hits Mr.Penanski with a shovel


Stanley Yelnats is accused of stealing shoes and instead of going to jail, he choose to go to Camp Green Lake in Texas. There he is forced to dig holes all day long. Soon Stanley finds out why they have to dig holes- to find the treasure of an outlaw.

YO whats up!

This book is excellent!!!!

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