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Chapters 1–7

In this comic adventure, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a juvenile detention center where the inmates spend their days digging mysterious holes. But what on earth are they looking for?

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  1. hover
    hang, as of something threatening, dark, or menacing
    During the summer the daytime temperature hovers around ninety-five degrees in the shade—if you can find any shade.
  2. forbidden
    excluded from use or mention
    The campers are forbidden to lie in the hammock.
  3. stifling
    characterized by oppressive heat and humidity
    The bus wasn't air-conditioned, and the hot, heavy air was almost as stifling as the handcuffs.
  4. obstacle
    an obstruction that stands in the way
    Other times they'd run an obstacle course, or go bungee jumping off a table, tied to broken rubber bands.
  5. ratio
    the relative magnitudes of two quantities
    Mrs. Bell wrote the ratio on the board, 3:1, unaware of how much embarrassment she had caused both of them.
  6. descendant
    a person considered as coming from some ancestor or race
    Supposedly, he had a great-great-grandfather who had stolen a pig from a one-legged Gypsy, and she put a curse on him and all his descendants.
  7. gruff
    deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or emotion
    In his mind he could hear his father's gruff voice softly singing to him.
  8. perseverance
    persistent determination
    To be a successful inventor you need three things: intelligence, perseverance, and just a little bit of luck.
  9. neglect
    leave undone or leave out
    At such times she neglected to mention the bad luck that befell the first Stanley Yelnats.
  10. stranded
    cut off or left behind
    Instead, she robbed him and left him stranded in the middle of the desert.
  11. premises
    land and the buildings on it
    Next to it was another sign which declared that it was a violation of the Texas Penal Code to bring guns, explosives, weapons, drugs, or alcohol onto the premises.
  12. hastily
    in a hurried manner
    "Not much," he said, then hastily added, "Mr. Sir."
  13. compound
    an enclosure of residences and other buildings
    Two boys, each carrying a shovel, were coming across the compound.
  14. sanitary
    free from filth and pathogens
    Theodore spit a thin line of saliva between his teeth, causing some of the other boys to complain about the need to keep their "home" sanitary.
  15. scarcity
    a small and inadequate amount
    Because of the scarcity of water, each camper was only allowed a four-minute shower.
  16. evidence
    means by which an alleged matter is established or disproved
    It had been taken by the police and was used as evidence of his guilt in the courtroom.
  17. testify
    give a solemn statement in a court of law
    Clyde Livingston testified that they were his sneakers and that he had donated them to help raise money for the homeless shelter.
  18. destiny
    the ultimate agency predetermining the course of events
    Stanley had felt like he was holding destiny's shoes.
    This word is important to the theme, because Stanley's destiny is tied to the curse his great-great grandfather had gotten over a hundred years before.
  19. despicable
    morally reprehensible
    The judge called Stanley's crime despicable.
  20. unearth
    recover through digging
    He unearthed several shovelfuls of dirt in this manner, before it occurred to him that he was dumping his dirt within the perimeter of his hole.
    Compare with the other vocabulary word in this list, "excavate." They are synonymous in connection to the physical act of digging, but here, the meaning "bring to light" is also suggested in the phrase "it occurred to him."
  21. shallow
    not deep or strong; not affecting one deeply
    He was fifteen, and all he could see was Myra's shallow beauty.
    This is another word that has symbolic meaning in the story: "shallow" can also mean something not physically deep, such as a hole.
  22. forlorn
    marked by or showing hopelessness
    Madame Zeroni hated to see Elya so forlorn.
  23. excavate
    recover through digging
    It expanded when it was excavated.
  24. preposterous
    inviting ridicule
    "That's preposterous!" exclaimed Igor, expelling saliva as he spoke.
  25. grimace
    contort the face to indicate a certain mental state
    He grimaced as he sliced off a chunk of dirt, then raised it up and flung it onto a pile.
Created on August 31, 2013 (updated July 30, 2018)

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