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Zach's Lie

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Highly Recommended - Must read!!

Zach's lie is about a boy who gets put into the Witness Protection Program because of his father's decisions. The book starts off explaning the characters and their first conflict with the drug cartels men. The main character is Zack or Jack who is a young immature boy ...
Zach's lie is about a boy who gets put into the Witness Protection Program because of his father's decisions. The book starts off explaning the characters and their first conflict with the drug cartels men. The main character is Zack or Jack who is a young immature boy who throughout the story is just trying to do right and live with his condition. Joanne or Wanda is his siter she is a great singer who just wants to excell in life regardless of the situation. Mrs.Osborne is Zach and Wanda's mom she is great person who is just trying to keep her family together. Neil osborne is their dad as you can see the one who brought them into this mess. Later on in the book you will come to meet Sam who plays a big role in he story and also Catalin who later on becomes Zach's girlfriend. Lastly you will meet Alonzo who is the drug cartel's leader. The main conflict throughtout the book is character vs character because throughtout the book zach is mad at his parents and at the same time trying to stay away from the drug cartel. One of the events that made up the rising action in the book was when him and his family were awoken during night and held hostage in their house. Another part was after the men left and had threathned them the agents came and already knew what had happened. What I liked about the book was while reading it I didnt want to put it down I wanted to continue to read especially the part where they were at the hotel. Also when peter ended up getting conrtol of the zachs backpack i couldnt stop cause it made think what will happen. Lastly the bestpart was the end it had an ironic ending that really made the book complete. I would recommened this book from grades 5-9 because I liked the way the author put the story together and made it ironic and also because it gives an input on what the witness protection program is like.

posted by LIlCowUno on January 31, 2012

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Zach's Lie

Ever wonder what it would be like to be in the witness protection program? Well I did but I didn't actually want to be in it so I read a book about a kid who was.
It starts off with Jack and his family sleeping. Suddenly, a man thrashed Jack's door open with as much f...
Ever wonder what it would be like to be in the witness protection program? Well I did but I didn't actually want to be in it so I read a book about a kid who was.
It starts off with Jack and his family sleeping. Suddenly, a man thrashed Jack's door open with as much force as a bear. The man grabbed Jack and brought him downstairs. There he found his mom and sister tied up on the couch with two other men standing over them. The men informed them that if they told anyone that the men were at the house to consider them dead. Jack loved superheroes so he depended on them to save him and so while sitting there he asked himself

"Where was the caped cruiser when I needed him?"

After they leave Jack called the police and they showed up immediately. The policemen told them that their dad was involved in drugs so because of that Jack must be put into the Witness Protection Program. Jack's dad is in jail so Jack can not see him because the bad men are looking for them and if they go see their dad, the men could find them and kill them.
Towards the middle of the book, Jack, his mom, and his sister moved to a small town with very few people. Now Jack becomes Zack. He dyes his hair, puts colored contacts, in and dressed conservatively. He can start fresh. The first day of his new school he made one enemy (Peter). Peter was picking on a girl and Zack stepped in and punched Peter in the face. But even though Zack was sticking up for someone he still got in trouble. But the Janitor (Sam) calmed him down. He let Zack go into his office and hit a punching bag to let all his anger out. Now the girl he saved from peter started to like him. He spent a lot of time with her and they become boyfriend and girlfriend.
Zack was finally fitting in and not thinking about his old life .He has lots of friends and was doing well in school. His life was going great . but the men found him. Zack knew that if they caught him they will do as they said and kill him. He did everything he can to keep them away but was not enough. Right when he is losing hope someone showed up to help him! Now they must find a way to catch the men and send them to jail, but will jail cells keep them from trying to kill Zack?


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I give this book 3 stars because it is full of action but it could be more detailed with better vocabulary. Some parts need to be cut out but over all it was pretty good. I recommend this book to 5-7th graders because it's an easy read. This book is for girls and boys because they both would like it.

posted by comets20 on February 23, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2006

    Okay

    The middle was a bore. I felt more exhileration in a cereal box. I thought this was the worst book the only amount of action was the last three pages! :(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2005

    OMG!!!

    I have been waiting for this book to come out and i got this what a waste of time never ever buy this book or spend time reading it... Trust me DON'T GET IT.... They talk about stupid bad stuff..unless u like bad stuff you cna read it....i hate it... Zack supposdly was cool kid but he scwered his parents lifes up what a dumb butt..

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