What is the real reason the boys are digging holes?

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On the face of it, the boys of Camp Green Lake are digging holes as punishment—to give them something to do each day. But Stanley quickly realizes that there's something fishy going on and that there's a very different reason why he and the others are required to dig holes....

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On the face of it, the boys of Camp Green Lake are digging holes as punishment—to give them something to do each day. But Stanley quickly realizes that there's something fishy going on and that there's a very different reason why he and the others are required to dig holes. It soon becomes clear to him that the Warden is looking for something—something that she wants very badly.

It turns out that the Warden wants to get her greedy mitts on some buried treasure. And not just any buried treasure, either, but treasure buried by Kissin' Kate Barlow, a famous outlaw from the Old West. Before she died—bitten by a yellow-spotted lizard, no less—Kissin' Kate dug a big hole in the desert and buried the money there that she'd stolen from banks. The location of the buried treasure is somewhere in present-day Camp Green Lake, and the Warden is determined that the boys will help her find it.

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