Written by Louis Sachar

Reviewed by Douglas G. (age 10)

A boy named Stanley Yelnats is suffering at a torture camp where he has to dig holes five feet wide and five feet long. After he finds a gold tube, he has to dig even bigger holes. Now he knows they're looking for something. His friend Zero ran away. Stanley went after him and found him underground in a boat drinking something called 'sploosh'. The sploosh makes them sick and they won't be able to survive unless they find water. They climb a mountain and they find water and onions. Where will they go now, back to the camp, or will they keep on exploring?

I think this book is good because it's full of surprises and I could never stop reading it. It also has a very unexpected ending. My favorite part is Stanley finds Zero in the boat. Zero is my favorite character. His real name is Hector Zeroni. He doesn't know how to read and write and Stanley helps him learn. I recommend this book to people who like surprises and long books.

Douglas G. is a student in Ms. Probst's 5th Grade Class