Author: Lois Sachar
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication Date: 1998
Age: Gr. 3+
Genre: Fiction
Awards: Newberry Medal

Stanley Yelnates is arrested for stealing shoes and sent to a boys’ camp at a dried up lake where he is is forced to dig holes for character. With a few new friends by his side, Stanley uncovers an old legend and the treasure that comes with it.

Activity: Have the students create a family tree, going back as far as possible. Pick a distant family member and write a story about them. It can be fiction or non-fiction. Be creative and use lots of details.

Reviewers Name:
Sarah Bademan