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Zach Granger has to tell many lies; for one, his name is really Jack Osborne, and for another his parents aren't divorced rather, his father, a pilot, is in prison for transporting drugs for a ruthless cartel. When his father agrees to cooperate with the DEA, his family goes into a witness protection program, with new names and a new home in Elko, Nev. Will they be safe from the cartel? Smith (Thunder Cave; Jaguar) paints a realistic picture of Zach's complicated emotions: he misses his father and his old life, he's nervous about making a mistake and he is uncomfortable lying, especially to his new girlfriend, Catalin. He also takes to his new surroundings, especially Catalin's grandfather's sheep camp in the mountains, and the friendly hotel that's home to Sam, the warm and wise custodian of Zach's school. Smith keeps the tensions high: readers will suspect right away that the detailed journals Zach keeps are going to lead to trouble, and will understand the hero's anxiety when lines from it begin to appear on his classroom's chalkboard. Drug lord Alonzo Aznar is a stereotypical bad guy (he has a ponytail, dresses all in black and "likes getting his hands dirty from time to time") and Sam's confession that he is a former KGB spy feels too convenient. But these are small caveats; readers are sure to be caught up in Zach's suspenseful adventure. Ages 10-14.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; Reprint edition (April 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786814403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786814404
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For nine years I taught fourth grade and used literature circles for a portion of my reading program. Two years ago, when Scholastic offered this book as a literature circle set, I ordered one. My nine and ten year old students needed a little help understanding the flashback that takes place, but overall they just LOVED the book. This year I moved to seventh grade and decided to use it as a whole group read to start the year. While it is an easy read for 12 - 14 year olds, it was a book with which I could easily create a reading unit that would teach both my reading/writing frameworks and character education, and one that intrigued my students. Roland Smith does an excellent job at creating a plot that keeps children interested and wanting to read more. They are begging to read the sequel, "Jack's Run." I recommend this book for any upper elementary/middle school teacher to use to draw students in and hopefully gain an appreciation and love of reading. Thank you Roland Smith for such a GREAT READ!!!
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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. Every kid and their parents should read it! Jacks Run is the sequel and it is amazing also.
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A Kid's Review on June 9, 2003
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Zach?s Lie was written by Roland Smith. It is a book about a family named the Osbornes. One night some men broke into their house. They tied them up and said that if they went to the police about this, than they would all be killed. The men were drug lords and were looking for Mr. Osborne. Mr. Osborne is a pilot who had secretly been flying drugs around for these men for years. To keep the Osbornes safe, the family is put into a witness protection program. Their names are changed to the Grangers and they are moved to Elko, Nevada. Zach Granger, whose name was changed from Jack, is the main character in the book. Out of his sister Wanda (previously Joanne), and his mother, Zach has the hardest time finding friends. He eventually becomes friends with Sam who is the school janitor. The next friend that Zach makes is Darrell. He often goes over to Darrell?s house to play videogames. Finally Zach gets a girlfriend named Catalin. Zach spends a lot of time with her, and goes with her to visit her grandfather in the mountains. Zach does have one enemy that lives in Elko. His name is Peter Short. Throughout the book, Sam helps Zach with any problem he has. He kind of becomes a second father to Zach, while his real dad is in jail. The end of this book is packed with excitement, including a secret that Sam reveals about his past. I enjoyed the book very much. I gave it an overall four stars.
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Jack Osborne is a kid who loves to read and write. His father gave him a "Jack in the Box" to keep his journals in before he has to go work in an airplane company only to be arested for smuggling drugs. The only problem is, these jounals hold secrets that if found out, might get him and his family killed.

This book is a great adventure, mystery, and survival story. The wonderful descriptions paint vivid pictures in your mind as the words guide you along the way. I really liked this book.

After the robbery,the Osbornes are relocated to Elko, Nevada and have to be renamed the Grangers. "Zach Granger" is introduced to a new school, makes a few friends(not ro mention his new girlfriend, Catalin), and his life being threatened by the drug company his dad decided to work for so he could make a few quick bucks. The school custodian saves his life, and has to leave again. You will just have to read the rest to find out for yourself who meets them in the end!
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This is the book summary and review written by my 11 year old daughter Manasa.

I read the book Zach's Lie, by Roland Smith. It is about a boy named Jack Osborne, whose father, Neil Osborne, had been illegally selling drugs to other countries. Neil was a good man, so he couldn't bear not to tell anyone. The man he worked for, Alonzo Aznar, had a plan for three men to come into the Osborne house and threaten Jack, Joanne(Jack's Sister), and their Mom to be killed if they tell anyone about the incident. Soon, the word got out to police and the DEA came to their house and questioned them about what happened.

Neil was arrested, and Jack, Joanne, and Mom all have to join the Witness Protection Program (WPP). They have to change their identities. Jack was now Zach, Joanne was now Wanda, and Mom was now Mary. They change their last name to the Granger's. The Granger's now lived in Elko, Nevada, a small town in northern Nevada. The family has to emerge into their new ways of life. Zack goes to a tiny middle school in Elko, and Wanda goes to a new high school, while Mary just tours around Elko and gets used to it. Zach meets some new friends: Sam, a piano playing custodian; Catalin, a pretty girl at school; and a boy named Darell.

Life starts getting a little more normal in Elko. Zach has an after-school job with at Sam's workshop, where Catalin also works. But, safety of the "Granger's" was now lost again because" of Mary. Mary sent a blank postcard to their new (trusted) lawyer, June Saunders, which was supposed to be a sign that they were safe living in Elko, and nobody had found out about their secret.
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