If the Witness Lied

If the Witness Lied

by Caroline B. Cooney
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If the Witness Lied by Caroline B. Cooney

This young adult thriller takes place in twenty-four hours and explores how people as well as the media can exploit a situation with devastating results, especially when innocent children are involved.
Jack Fountain knows that what’s happened to his family sounds like the most horrible soap opera anyone could ever write. But it’s all true. It happened—to his parents; to his sisters, Smithy and Madison. And to his baby brother, Tris. What made it worse was that the media wanted to know every detail.
   Now it's almost Tris’s third birthday, and everything’s starting again. Aunt Cheryl, who’s living with the Fountain children, has decided that they will heal only if they work through their pain—on camera. It will be a field day for the media, and no one, except Cheryl, wants that. Jack and his sisters gear up to keep Tris’s adorable face off-screen, but they quickly realize that there is more at stake than their privacy. The very identities they’ve created for themselves are called into question. What really happened the day of their father’s accident?
   The Fountain siblings have less than twenty-four hours to change their fate. Together, they will ask questions no one asked at the time of the tragedy. And together, they vow that this time, they will not be exploited.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385734493
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/10/2010
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 852,403
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Caroline B. Cooney is the author of many books for young people, including the bestseller The Face on the Milk Carton (an IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Book) and its companions, Whatever Happened to Janie? and The Voice on the Radio (each of them an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults), as well as What Janie Found; Three Black Swans; If the Witness Lied; They Never Came Back; Diamonds in the Shadow; A Friend at Midnight; Hit the Road; Code Orange; The Girl Who Invented Romance; Family Reunion; Goddess of Yesterday (an ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book); The Ransom of Mercy Carter; Tune In Anytime; Burning Up; What Child Is This? (an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults); Driver’s Ed (an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and a Booklist Editors’ Choice); Among Friends; Twenty Pageants Later; and the Time Travel Quartet: Both Sides of Time, Out of Time, Prisoner of Time, and For All Time, which are also available as The Time Travelers, Volumes I and II.

Caroline B. Cooney lives in South Carolina and New York.

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If the Witness Lied 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
The four Fountain children are orphans. They first made headlines when their mother gave her life to save that of her unborn fourth child. The controversy centered on her battle with cancer and her refusal to accept chemotherapy at the risk of harming her unborn child. Overzealous news reporters portrayed baby Tris as his mother's killer. The second time the family hit the headlines was when a tragic accident killed their father. Once again, little Tris was labeled as guilty of killing his remaining parent. Now the media has been called in by their faithful guardian, Aunt Cheryl. She believes that facing their tragic situation in front of television cameras in a docudrama is the only way to help the children deal with the ghosts of their past. In the year since their father's death, young Jack has remained in the family home, helping Aunt Cheryl with the care of almost three-year-old Tris. His sisters, Madison and Smithy, chose to head their separate ways, one to live with godparents and the other to attend boarding school. Now, both girls have realized the importance of family and are returning home to discover startling developments regarding their father's accident. Could it be that the one witness of the horrible event may have lied? Could that witness actually be a murderer, and how can three teens and one toddler prove it? Caroline B. Cooney is known for her mystery and suspense. IF THE WITNESS LIED is one of her best. The tragic family portrait she creates is sure to captivate readers from page one. It is difficult to imagine the pain and suffering these characters have been dealt, and then to throw in a potential evil so cleverly disguised, it becomes a story almost impossible to put down. Once teens get the word on this one, it won't stay on bookshelves long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot... until the end the ending is so rushed its like on the last two pages its like the author ran out of ideas and i even like caroline b. Cooney so the rushed ending was a real shock to me :/
Rowdycat More than 1 year ago
Through two tragedies--their mother dying from cancer shortly after Tris is born and their father being killed in what was thought to be an accident--Tris' siblings, a brother and two sisters fall apart. Tris is blamed for killing his mother because she chose his birth to be more important than her life and at two-years-old causing his father's death in a freak car accident(?). Things come to a head about a year after their father's death.
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Its definately a musy read. Definately suggest for any age. Nothing inapproite at all.
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mackenzie nichols More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much once i started to read it i could not put it down
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goodgirl96 More than 1 year ago
I hate this book you knew who the killer was in chapter 2. What is the point in a mystery if you know when it starts who the killer is. I was really mad. I had to read this for a school book club if I did not I would be kicked out I had to force myself to read it.