Everything you need to understand or teach Holes by Louis Sachar.
This novel is set in modern times and focuses on the current circumstances of Stanley Yelnats, an unfortunate, unlucky young man who is sent to Camp Green Lake for a crime he didn't commit. Stanley's family is poor and believes themselves to be under the curse of Stanley's "no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-grandfather." The curse has been extended through multiple generations and began because the great grandfather, Elya Yelnats, did not keep his promise to Madame Zeroni who helped him. Stanley comes to America, where he marries Sarah Miller, and though they work hard, they are "always at the wrong place at the wrong time." The one Yelnats who was successful, Stanley Yelnats the I, (Stanley's great grandfather) was robbed of his fortune by Kissing Kate Barlow, an outlaw who stole everything he had. Since then, the family has been poor. Stanley's father is an inventor who is trying to find a way to... View more of the Holes Summary
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