Young Stanley Yelnats finds himself at Camp Green Lake, where digging a hole a day keeps the warden at bay and "builds character". An ancient family curse still dogs Stanley and he's thrown headlong into the adventure of his life. Stanley and his campmates will have to forge fast friendships to unearth the mystery of what's really going on in the desert.
A young boy leaves his home in the country with his aunt to spend the holidays with his estranged father in the big city. In his search for Santa in New Orleans, he finds more than he could ever hope for.
The Worths are a family portrait of dysfunction, but when their matriarch, Grandma Mabel dies suddenly, they must set aside their differences and come together. Chaos ensues as they soon discover that not only did Grandma Mabel keep secrets, so did everyone else. They begin to find their way back to each other and realize that while you can't choose your family, you can choose to be friends with them.