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Gr 5-9-In this contemporary suspense novel, Jack's father, a pilot, has been arrested for drug trafficking. When the cartel thugs come to their house to terrorize the teen, his mother, and his sister, they become candidates for the Witness Security Program and must change their identities. Although the family is told not to bring anything to Nevada that would link them to their former lives, Jack, now Zach, cannot leave his diary behind. With the villains searching for them, there can be no slipups, but the young protagonist soon learns that, in the small town of Elko, "Everyone knows Everything about Everybody." The diary and Zach's vulnerability are well-developed devices, but the plot soon becomes compromised by some unbelievable twists and turns. Zach is befriended by the school custodian, Sam, who acts as the principal's assistant, handling disciplinary cases with counseling and boxing therapy. Sam introduces Zach to the Basque people, sheep tenders in the hills outside town, who conveniently provide a hiding place for Zach when the bad guys arrive. In the biggest stretch of all, Sam outwits the thugs with talents he acquired as a KGB agent. Other details and characters merely set up the chain of events, which is unfortunate because individual chapters are often exciting, and there is a great potential to satisfy suspense fans.
Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY
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This is the book summary and review written by my 11 year old daughter Manasa.
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My 8th grader loved this book and ordered the sequel Jack's Run. He also loved reading the Harry Potter series.Published 16 months ago by ccjones13
This is a great book! It is written for young teens however, I love it! It has a great line up of characters and you will fall in love with all of them. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kimberly
The book is a good middle school book.
However, the quality of the book I received was poor, and it took so long to arrive that I no longer needed it for my classroom. Read more
Zach's Lie was a great book. Actually, It was one of my favorite books. I read it twice!I would give Zach's Lie a 5 star rating if I could. Read morePublished 21 months ago by justin