Author: Louis Sachar
Grade Level Equivalent:
Guided Reading Level:
Adventure, Realistic Fiction
Courage, Bravery, Heroism, Determination and Perseverance, Pride and Self-Esteem, Changes and New Experiences, Friends and Friendship, Understanding Self and Others, Law, Resourcefulness, Survival
Stanley Yelnats has had awful luck his whole life: He's overweight, kids tease him, his family is poor, and now he's accused of a crime he didn't commit! Stanley blames his great-great grandfather, Elya Yelnats, who stole a pig from a gypsy. According to legend, the gypsy put a curse on Elya and all his descendants.