The main character's name is Stanley Yelnats. At first, you see stanley as an alright kid who has made a bad decision stealing. “ I stole some sneakers” (pg 22). Throughout the rest of the story you find that stanley is nice and always seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. “He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time all thanks to his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather” (Pg 7). At school before camp Green Lake he was bullied and treated bad. “he didn’t have any friends at home, he was overweight” (pg 7). At camp Green Lake Stanley made a new friend, his best friend “Zero”. He get’s along great with Zero and teaches him how to read. “I’ll try and teach you how to read if you want, a big smile came across Zero’s face” (pg 96)
In the beginning of the text the main idea is bad kids who have done something wrong face charges and are given the choice to go to camp green lake. The kids are here at the dried up lake to dig holes, they dig these holes to build character and face punishment. “If you put a bad boy in the sun to dig holes you create a good boy” pg 5. By the middle of the text the main idea changes because of what stanley has found. Stanley knows that the warden is looking for a certain something. “One thing was certain: they weren't digging to build character, they were definitely looking for something. pg 71.
“holes” (pg 13) Denotative - a hollow place in a solid object or surface. Connotative - Tearing away the personality of someone. This is important to the book because the way the kids think and act is affected by these holes. “KB” (pg 99) Denotative - the Kate Barlow brand (lipstick). Connotative - The reason the kids are digging, looking for more of KB. This is what the warden is trying to find, more of KB. “Lake” (pg 11) Denotative - A large body of water surrounded by land. Connotative - The place where the juvenile...