Sent by mistake to a juvenile correction centre, a teen boy discovers the wardens are using the boys as manual labour to find a buried treasure
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.
The evil warden claims that it is character building, but this is a lie and Stanley must dig up the truth.
Winner of the Newbery Medal and
Winner of the National Book Award for young People's Literature in US
Book banded for guided reading by the Institute of Education - longer novel / challenging style and themes
NOTE : Although published here by Bloomsbury the text has not been anglicised and still retains the US spellings.
NOTE : Pie Corbett Reading Spine Year 6.