"If you teach me to read and write, I can dig part of your hole."
The main characters were Stanley Yelnats and Zero. The majority of the story took place at Camp Green Lake that was is a dried up lake in Texas. It was a camp for bad boys that have messed up their lives. The philosophy at Camp Green Lake was to make the boys dig holes everyday to turn them into a good boy. The climate was hot and dry with no rain.
Stanley was blamed for stealing a famous baseball players shoes from a homeless shelter. He was sentenced for 16 months in Camp Green Lake.
"No we found it."
"You found it!"
Stanley received a letter from his mom. He thought Zero was trying to read his letter. Zero then told Stanley that he couldn't read so he didn't know what the letter said. So, they made a deal. Zero would dig a part of Stanley's hole everyday and then Stanley would teach him how to read and write. This went on for a very long time and the two boys became great friends.
After Zero ran away Stanley stole the water truck. He drove the water truck into a hole then he ran off to find Zero. Stanley found Zero and they climbed a mountain called "God's Thumb". Stanley had to carry Zero up the mountain. For days they were living off onions and were still alive! "Stanley carrying Zero up the mountain shows that friends and family are important."
Stanley decided to dig one more hole. So they left the mountain and went back to Camp Green Lake. In the final hole they dug, they found a treasure chest. The warden told everyone that it was her treasure, but it had Stanley's name on it. "When friends and family work together they can accomplish anything."
The great great grandson of Elya Yelnats carried up Madame Zeroni's great great great grandson up the mountain. That was the story of Stanley Yelnats and Hector Zeroni becoming next door neighbors!