Chapter 7 Summary

When Mr. Pendanski wakes everyone up the next morning, Stanley feels like he had only just fallen asleep. For breakfast he gets orange juice and bad-smelling cereal. It is still dark when he begins digging his first hole. The shovel feels heavy in his hands, and at first he thinks there is something wrong with it. He has trouble even cracking through the surface of the hard dirt.

Stanley’s shovel is five feet long from end to end. He is supposed to use it as a measuring tool for his hole, which needs to be five feet deep and five feet across in all directions. The whole lakebed appears to be full of holes. Before Stanley set out in the morning, Mr. Pendanski reminded him to tell a counselor if anything unusual turned...

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