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Zach's Lie Paperback – April 28, 2003
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
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LOVED IT! I live in Elko Nevada, so it was even more exciting to me! The places in the story are REAL!!! :)Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
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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 on January 20, 2014 by ccjones13
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