by Louis Sachar
Published by Random House Children’s Books, 2000
305 pages (paperback)
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys "build character" by spending all day, every day, digging holes: five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn't take long for Stanley to realize there's more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption. (from barnesandnoble.com)
The good part was at the end. It was good because it was really funny. What could be improved in this book is the part where they eat the onions and try not to cry. Yes, [I would recommend this book to a middle schooler]. It teaches a lesson: not to steal or you will get in trouble!