RELEASE DATE: Sept. 1, 1998
Sentenced to a brutal juvenile detention camp for a criminal offense he did not commit, a wimpy teenager turns 4 generations of unhealthy household luck round on this sunburnt story of braveness, obsession, and buried treasure from Sachar (Wayside College Will get a Little Stranger, 1995, and so forth.).
Pushed mad by the homicide of her black beau, a schoolteacher activates the once-friendly, verdant city of Inexperienced Lake, Texas, turns into feared bandit Kissin’ Kate Barlow, and dies, laughing, with out revealing the place she buried her stash. A century of rainless years later, lake and city are recollections—however, with the involuntary assist of gangs of juvenile offenders, the final descendant of the final residents continues to be digging. Enter Stanley Yelnats IV, great-grandson of one among Kissin’ Kate’s victims and the most recent to fall to the household curse of being within the fallacious place on the fallacious time; underneath the route of The Warden, a girl with rattlesnake venom polish on her lengthy nails, Stanley and every of his fellow inmates dig a gap a day within the rock-hard lake mattress. Weeks of punishing labor later, Stanley digs up a clue, however is canny sufficient to hide the data of which gap it got here from. By flashbacks, Sachar weaves a fancy internet of hidden relationships and well-timed revelations as he places his barely larger-than-life characters underneath a solar so punishing that readers can be reaching for water bottles.
Good Guys and Unhealthy get simply deserts in the long run, and Stanley will get loads of alternatives to show pluck and valor on this rugged, engrossing journey.
Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998
Web page Depend: 233
Writer: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Evaluate Posted On-line: Might 20, 2010
Kirkus Opinions Subject: June 15, 2000
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