Zach's Lie

Zach's Lie

Book - 2001
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Jack Osborne's life changes forever the night men in masks break into his house, threaten Jack and his family, and ransack their home. Jack then discovers the reason these men have come into their lives-his father has been arrested for drug trafficking.

Jack, his mother, and his sister are then forced to enter Witness Security Program. Jack becomes "Zach" and moves to Elko, Nevada, a town in the middle of nowhere. There he meets Sam, the strangest school custodian he has ever encountered, and Catalin, a girl who might make Zach's uprooting worth the trouble. But just as Zach finally begins to piece together a new life, he finds himself in danger again-and this time his actions could determine the fates of everyone he cares about.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion Paperbacks, c2001.
ISBN: 9780786814404
0786814403
Characteristics: 211 p. ;,19 cm.

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LibrLdyMapleValley Jan 23, 2015

Roland Smith really is one of the best authors for books that boys won't want to put down. In Zach's Lie he once again keeps the pages turning and the reader perched on the edge of their chair.
Jack is having a rough time. His dad is in jail and to make matters much, much worse he and his family are terrified one night when men break into their home and threaten their lives while tossing everything in the house. What is happening? He loves his dad and can't believe all the bad stuff he's hearing about him. It turns out that his dad is going to be a witness against some big drug dealers and is in protective custody. Now Jack and his mom and sister have to go into the Witness Security Program for safety. The move is rough on everyone. They all have to change their names, memorize new life histories and they can never tell anyone the truth or the bad guys could find them. Jack becomes Zach and starts living a lie to stay alive. But when you're making new friends what do you tell them? All lies. But it's not easy to keep such a big secret and eventually something is going to slip out.
Written wonderfully by Roland Smith (Thunder Cave) this book has a fabulously intense finish. I found myself saying "Oh, no! Ooooohhhh, NOOOO!" and couldn't put it down. Jack's Run is the next book about Jack's continuing story. And guess what, things get even crazier! Action and adventure at its best for boys ages 9 - 13.

hiSTORYbuff5 Apr 29, 2011

An adventurous and suspenseful read. For anyone who likes mystery. Very satisfying. Highly recommend.

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