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233 p. ; 20 cm.
Reprint. Originally published: New York: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1998.
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.
"RL: 4.5, 10 & up"--cover pg. 
National Book Award: Young People's Literature.