Author: Louis Sachar
Genre: Mystery, Adventure
Reviewed by: Nikolas C., Grade 3
This story is about a boy named Stanley Yelnats which is Stanley Yelnats spelled backwards! Stanley gets in trouble because shoes fall from the sky, and he picks them up and starts running. A police officer saw the shoes and it turned out that they were the stinky sneakers of Clyde Livingston, a famous baseball player. As punishment, Stanley gets sent to Camp Green Lake which used to have the biggest lake in Texas but now it doesn’t have a lake and isn’t green and isn’t really a camp. It is a bad camp to build character where you have to dig holes that are five feet deep and five feet wide every single day. Would you like to go to a camp like this? I don’t think I would.
There is a second story in this book about Stanley Yelnats’ great great grandfather named Elya and Madame Zeroni. Elya was in love with a girl and wanted to marry her but there was a pig growing competition to see who would marry her. Madame Zeroni told Elya to carry the pig up the mountain every day, and on the last day he should carry her up the mountain and let her drink from the stream. Elya did this and became strong and had a great pig, but he learned that the girl didn’t really love him. He decided to go to America and he forgot to carry Madame Zeroni up the mountain and so she put a curse on him and the ever since then the Yelnats family has had bad luck.
There is also another story in the book that took place one hundred years ago. There was a lady named Kate Barlow that made the best peaches in town. She was a teacher and everything was great until she fell in love with Onion Man Sam. Kate becomes an outlaw and robs lots of people around Green Lake.
The main character is Stanley Yelnats. He is nice, thoughtful and meaningful. He was not a bad kid, but he was in the wrong place at the wrong time so he got arrested. At Camp Green Lake he had a really nice friendship with a boy named Zero. Together they escaped the camp and figured out a way to survive.
I like this book and I think you would like it too because it is a very good explanation of something that looks bad but in the end works out well. I really recommend this book because it is fun and adventurous. At the beginning it doesn’t make sense, but in the end all these stories come together and you understand it more. My favorite part was the end because I was so amazed that I didn’t see all the connections from the very beginning. I was surprised and happy!
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