Although this book was clearly written for teens to pre-teens, my carpool mate said she really liked it when she read it as an adult. So, with that in mind, it’s an easy read, easily consumed in a day (if not for the constraints of carpool duration (I rarely read outside of the carpool)).
The premise of the story revolves around a teen who is wrongly convicted of theft and incarcerated at Camp Green Lake which is neither green nor has a lake. Convicts dig a 5-foot diameter, 5-foot deep hole each day, looking for a supposed buried treasure, before allowed to retire for the day. A bit of regional history is interwoven into the story which ultimately meets the present. Well written enough to grab an adult’s attention and surely complicated enough for the intended audience. If your teen to pre-teen is bored and needs something to occupy some of the summer down time, I’d highly recommend this. If you like to approve reading material for your kids, you won’t be bored.
A Newberry Award winning book.
Availability: COSMOS, SMCM, USMAI
Review Submitted by: James Tyler Bell
Rating: Highly Recommended
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