Monday 27 October 2008


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.

I watched the movie earlier this year, with my hubby and daughter, and we loved it! So, when I went to the library on Friday and happened to find the book on the shelf, I just had to borrow it. I was curious. Could the book be just as good as the movie? From personal experience, I assumed it would be better.

Well, I decided to start it this morning and by mid-afternoon I was already sitting past the halfway mark. I got so caught up in it, I didn't want to put it down. And I finished it tonight, just before the new day started. ;)

It was just as interesting, heartwarming and wonderful as the movie. Actually, it was pretty much exactly like the movie. There were only a few, very tiny details that were different. Nothing huge. The movie captured the essence and feel of the book so well. I couldn't get over it. It's amazing to capture every bit of a book so well on film. But it's awesome!

Anyway, I loved the book. What a terrific story, you just can't help but love Stanley as he goes on this very unexpected adventure. Definitely worth reading! I love this story.

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