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Jack's Run Paperback – Bargain Price, March 27, 2007

4.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Zach's Lie Series

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Grade 6 Up–In Zach's Lie (Hyperion, 2001), Jack Osborne's father agreed to testify against drug czar Alonzo Aznar. Although the family joined the Witness Security Program, Aznar eventually found them and notified his minions, and Jack narrowly escaped death at their hands. In this thrilling sequel, Smith provides enough background to understand Jack's past and the pressures that he now faces. His older sister, Joanne, has moved to L.A., where she plans to attend college and pursue a musical career. His father, under close watch by the U.S. Marshal Service, is scheduled to testify at the trial. For his own safety, Jack is sent to live with Joanne. When he arrives, he discovers that she has been selected for an American Idol-type show, and that her image has been splashed all over the news media. Aznar's men find and kidnap the siblings and move them to a vineyard in South America. From that point, the author tells the story from dual perspectives: that of Jack and Joanne as they try to escape and that of their parents and their struggle to find their children. The two story lines collide when the Osbornes arrive at the vineyard, posing as dealers. The action is nonstop and the characters are compelling. The fast pace will keep even reluctant readers interested. A highly entertaining read.–Emily Garrett, Naaman Forest High School, Garland, TX
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Gr. 5-8. In Zack's Lie (2001), after Jack's dad's arrest for drug trafficking, the family entered the Witness Security Program to hide from the dangerous drug cartel that will be exposed in court. As the story picks up in this action-packed sequel, Jack arrives in Los Angeles to stay with his college-age sister, Joanne, only to find that she has foolishly blown their cover. Kidnapped and flown to Argentina, Jack and Joanne show their mettle in a series of violent confrontations and other frightening situations. Filling in readers on the background from the previous book takes a bit of time, but once the pace of the story picks up, it never flags; both the heroes and the villains seem larger than life. Sometimes the story strains credibility but may be just the thing for readers who crave plot-driven fiction full of action and danger. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423104072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423104070
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,848,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on February 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The type of reader that would enjoy this book the most would be people who like adventure and people who like being tricked. I think that the protagonist is the type of person who doesn't mind getting into trouble. The antagonist is the type of person who doesn't care about anybody else but himself. This book has a lot of adventure. One you start reading this book you cannot put it down.
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Have you ever been so into a book that you couldn't put it down? Well Jacks Run is so heart stopping and adrenalin packed you'll find yourself begging for more. Kidnapping, fighting and threats revolve around this book, but if you don't like action you might not like the Jacks Run.
After the first book, Zack's Run, the characters of Jack (his new name) and family have been moved to Montreal, in hope of starting over and forgetting about their near death experience with Alozon Azhar. Alozon is a former drug dealer who Jack's father worked for. When Alozon trail comes up, Jack's dad and mom leave for Elk in hopes of sending their enemy back to jail forever. Jack flies to L.A. with his sister, being only 13. There he will be safe and out of harm, or will he? All hopes of their safety are shattered when Christine, the oldest child, decides to try out for America Sings, making it to the finial 12. She is videotaped and put on TV. Jack and Christine are presented with many challengers dealing with Azhar and his people who want them dead. If only Jack could find a way to use his muses for something other than lifting weights.
Kids 12 and up could definitely read this book. The main character, who is 13, is like many kids, going through school, trying to make friends and figuring out how to fit in. Towards the end though it gets intense and most teens would love the action. This book is fiction but realistic parts to it, like a family in the witness protection program. To read Jack's Run you might want to read Zack's Run, the first book in this series. It's action packed and fun to read.
If you have read Thunder Cave by Roland Smith, you might enjoy Jack's Run. They are both jam-packed with action and full of adventure.
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I love Zach's Lie and Jack's run. They are great books. I got them for my son to read and I ended up reading them.
I liked them so much that I decided that I needed to have them in my own library. They are well written and suspenseful. They are clean and wholesome and have some surprising hero's and awesome characters.
You have to read them both to get the whole story so you may want to order them both at the same time because once you start, you can't put them down.
Zack, Jack is a gentle/quiet kid with a lot of spunk and he is much more mature than normal kids his age. He has some amazing adventures and the first book leaves you anxious for the next book. It's hard to decide which book I liked the best. Quick reading which is very good so I can get on with my real life!
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Smith, Roland. (2005). Jacks Run.

New York: Schoolastic, Inc.

Their are many important characters in this book. Jack is a young boy who's life has been very hard, and now he is a very shy, strong, and brave teenager.

Alonzo is the leader of a drug cartel. He is now in custidy, but he has men and women kidnapping the Osbornes and he is still a very feared man.

Christine is Jack's sister, who is a very good actress and singer.

Mr. Osborne is an ex-criminal, ex-Navy SEAL, and ex-pilot. His main goal in the story is to save his children and bring Alonzo to justice.

Sam is a smart, sneaky, and strong man. He used to be a Russian spy, and now, betraying Russia, has many friends high in the government.

Catalin is a young girl from Jack's past-life. She is very important to him, and Jack really wants to see her once more.

Jack's Run is the very exciting sequal to Zach's Lies, which is also written by Mr. Roland Smith. In Zach's Lies, Jack's dad gets caught up in the drug business. The police discovered that Mr. Osborne was drug trafficing, and immedietly arrested him. Alonzo Aznar, the owner of the drug cartel, broke into Jack's house and had his whole family, except his father, held at gunpoint. He then called and told Mr. Osborne that he would kill his family if he told the police anything about the cartel. The Osbornes told the police about the break-in, and they were then put into the Witness Protection Program. The family's identities were changed, and they moved across the country. Jack, not knowing how much danger he was actually in, accidently let his secret out. Alonzo found the family, and threatened to kill them if Jack didn't destroy his dad's proof the Alonzo had the drug cartel.
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A Kid's Review on December 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover

Smith, Roland (2005). Jacks Run.

New York: Schoolastic, Inc.

This story is about a boy jack wich is his third name and

his family. His mom and dad have to go to trial with Alanzo aznar. So thy send jack to live with his sister and her room mate who are both aspiring acters. But jacks sister got onto a tv show for acters and basically blew there cover and Alonzo found ot were they were hiding. Once Alonzo found that ot he sent some people down to take them away and threaten to kill them. Jacks parents found out about this and started to search for them. Once Jack and his sister got there they were not happy and every hour the people took a picture of them and sent to there parents to show them that they have not harmed them yet. Zack is the clever one and found a way to excape but the next day his got captered again. There mom and dad finally made it there and were able to trick them into thinking that they were part of the drug trafficing. Wall they were walking around they could here there daughter singing and that let them be able to find her right away. they found jack a little bit later limping around. So at the end they were all back toether again and were able to stop the drug buisiness. Also zack even got to see catelen again and give her the letter that he has always wanted to give her.

The theme of the book was theme of the book was Family. I think it is this because there familly stuck together. Also they were able to find echother by sticking together in a familly.

I liked the book a lot because It went fast and still was good. Also because Jack and his sister stuck together and helped eachother out. Also because It went well with the first book.

I give this book a 10
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