1. What do you learn in the first chapter about the setting of the story? Based on its name, what would you imagine a place called Camp Green Lake to be like? What is it really like?
2. Do you think it’s true that digging holes can turn a bad person into a good one? What are some other unpleasant things you’ve heard about that are supposed to “build character”?
3. Stanley’s father, an inventor, says, “I learn from failure.” What do you think this means? Have you ever learned from failure?