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Bloomsbury, 2010 - Adventure stories - 315 pages
When Stanley Yelnats is sent to Camp Green Lake detention centre for a crime he did not commit, life becomes much more of a challenge. First of all he has to dig a hole a day - as deep as a man - in the baking Texas heat, looking for who knows what. Then he has to avoid the cruel Mr Sir and the menacing warden. Will Stanley survive in this hostile environment? A wonderful, heartwarming, funny and life-affirming novel that is both genuinely original and brilliantly written.
'Louis Sachar is one of the few masters of American fiction' - Independent on Sunday
'A story of friendship with the cleverest plot twists, and descriptions so vivid you can feel the heat of Stanley's desert prison burning off the page ... A total must-read' - The Times
'Unmistakably powerful' - Philip Pullman
'One of those instant classics that adults, as well as children, will thoroughly enjoy' - Independent on Sunday

About the author (2010)

Louis Sachar was born in East Meadow, New York on March 20, 1954. He attended the University of California, at Berkeley. During his senior year, he helped out at Hillside Elementary School. It was his experience there that led to his first book, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, written in 1976. After college, he worked for a while in a sweater warehouse in Norwalk, Connecticut before attending Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where he graduated in 1980. Sideways Stories from Wayside School was accepted for publication during his first week of law school. He worked part-time as a lawyer for eight years before becoming a full-time writer in 1989. His other works include There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, the Marvin Redpost books, Fuzzy Mud, and Holes, which won the 1999 Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and was made into a major motion picture.

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