Holes (paperback) Louis Sachar
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing geat-great-grandfather and has since followed geenrations of Yelants. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spedning all day, every day, digging holes exactyly fivew feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.
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. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment-and redemption.