Stanley Yelnats is a boy with terrible luck, due to a curse that was placed on his great-great-Grandfather. He is sent to Camp Green Lake, a correctional facility, when he is accused of a crime he did not commit. At Camp Green Lake the boys are forced to dig holes. I’m guessing everyone has seen the movie that goes with this book. If you have seen the movie I would recommend reading the book.
11 year old Jonas lives in a strict futuristic society. The society has eliminated all pain, fear, war and hatred, and as a result has also lost passion, the ability to love deeply, and connections within families. At the age of 12, everyone is assigned a job based on their abilities. Jonas is assigned the highly honored position of Receiver of Memories. A wise old man called The Giver passes memories of the society onto Jonas. It was a different book but it was good. Started off slow for me but then went fast after I got farther along.