“Holes,” by Louis Sachar
There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. And there’s no fun on the “camp” schedule, either. Even so, that’s where Stanley’s parents send him after he’s accused of stealing. But once he learns that he’ll be digging holes all day, every day, the camp starts to feel more like prison. Funny, suspenseful and full of clever twists, Holes is a favorite among many middle-schoolers.
Kids with learning and attention issues may appreciate: The tricky friendships that form between very different characters. The boys also “think differently” in ways that help them problem-solve. (One camper has ADHD and others have behavior issues.)