Stanley Yelnats is not what you call lucky. He’s what you call hopeful, and sadly at a place where you have to do strenuous work all day in the middle of a barren Texas “Lake,” being overweight doesn’t have many advantages.
Stanley’s ancestors have a history of bad-luck. Stanley isn’t much different. For his offence, he was caught in the wrong place in the wrong time, and now he’s serving time at “Camp Green Lake Juvenile Correctional Facility.” Now he has to dig holes. Hence the name.
Stanley Yelnats is an unfit, hopeful, unlucky prisoner who has to dig holes for a crime that he didn’t even know he committed.