When I was in 5th grade in elementary school, this book was new and our librarian read it to us. I couldn't wait until our once a week library class so I could hear what would happen next. It's the story of a boy from an unlucky family who must dig holes at a camp as retribution for a crime he didn't do. The desert where they're digging has a history of its own. At the camp he meets friends and learns a lot about the importance of family and friendship. All of the characters have wonderful personalities. It is a very light-hearted and humorous book that adds a great amount of flavor by putting in a side story of Kate Barlough. Through the stories of Kate there are also several deep topics that are touched on such as interracial relationships in the past, as well as the power of karma. The karma theme becomes prevalent as well in the instance of Caveman's relationship with Zero, where he is able to delete his families karma. This book teaches a wonderful lesson on the importance of family ties. It has also been made into a movie, which surprisingly, is just as good as the book! This book is great for the whole family.
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