In the beginning of the book, Stanley had a soft heart and kids picked on him a lot because he was overweight. It says in chapter 3 pg. 7, " He didn't have any friends at home. He was overweight and kids teased him about his size."
In the beginning of the book, Zero is very quiet and everybody thinks that he is worthless and doesn't have a brain. In chapter 12 pg. 58, " Mr. Pendanski said to Zero,'Even you Zero, you're not completely worthless.' The smile was now gone from Zero's face."
How did you figure that out?
In the middle of the book, Stanley's heart hardened due to the brutal work and all the things he went through at Camp Green Lake. He grew a lot stronger from digging all the holes. In chapter 18 pg. 81 it says, "He stopped writing as Zero walked into the tent, then returned to his letter. He didn't care what Zero thought. Zero as a nobody."
I wish I could read like Stanley.
I don't care what Zero thinks. He's a nobody.
In the middle of the book, we learned that Zero doesn't like to talk alot because he doesn't like to answer all the questions that people ask him, but he is really a very quick learner and very good at math. In chapter 22 pg. 98, Zero does quick math and discovers that there are 52 letters in the alaphabet instead of 26. Stanley is surprised by Zero's natural ability to do math without even having learned it.
So there are 52 letters in the alphabet - not just 26.