Code of Silence: Living a Lie Comes with a Price (A Code of Silence Novel)

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Grades 6 - 8Grade 4n/a4.088468

Telling the Truth Could Get Them Killed.
Remaining Silent Could Be Worse.

When Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy witness a robbery that leaves a man in a coma, they find themselves tangled in a web of mystery and deceit that threatens their lives. After being seen by the criminals—who may also be cops—Cooper makes everyone promise never to reveal what they have seen. Telling the truth could kill them. But remaining silent means an innocent man takes the fall, and a friend never receives justice.

Is there ever a time to lie? And what happens when the truth is dangerous?

The three friends, trapped in a code of silence, must face the consequences of choosing right or wrong when both options have their price.

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on March 20, 2012 by Zonderkidz
ISBN-10: 0310726530
ISBN-13: 9780310726531
30 Book Reviews
  • bookworm890
    bookworm890almost 7 years
    Three boys are caught between a rock and a hard place when they witness a crime that puts a man in the hospital. Because they think the assault may have been done by cops, they make a pact to never tell anyone. But that means an innocent man is accused. This one is a nail-biter.
    • inventor60
      inventor60almost 7 years44 stars
      After witnessing a crime so dangerous the 3 friends deicide that they must never tell the truth. Until..... they realise that a lie would end with a "man's fall and a friend not receiving justice."
      • wizkidd
        wizkiddalmost 7 years
        it seems ineresting and adventurous and different from what i have read over the years. my cosion is read ing it right now and he says it is the best book he ever read!!!
        • laurajane
          laurajanealmost 7 years55 stars
          Hiro, Gordy and Cooper are best friends.when they witness a robbery leaving their grandpa-like friend Frank in a coma, they make the code of silence, a pact not to speak of it of fear the robber will find and give them the same treatment they gave poor Frank. but their friendship crumbles apart. Cooper must choose his friends, or the code of silence.
          • goofy127
            goofy127almost 7 years44 starsFeatured
            He didn't do it. He didn't do it. Honest to God. He didn't do it. But then why is he hiding? Acting like a criminal himself? Cooper and his two friends watched as the men almost killed Frank - the owner of Frank'n'Steins, their favorite place to hang out. They watched them drain his life savings and remove the evidence. And they escaped - with some of the evidence. The criminals want that evidence back, but the cops want it as well. But now Cooper, Hiro and Gordy are bound by their Code of Silence to keep what they saw secret and lie to keep themselves and their families safe. However, the lies inflate and become bigger than they could have imagined when the police come to their school, looking for the mystery 8th grade witness that was spotted right after the incident. Hiro urges Cooper to break the Code and go to the police, but he can't convince himself to do it. The criminals were wearing cop-pants that night. One could be a dirty cop, and then his life would be over, literally. As Gordy struggles to keep their friendship together, Cooper comes up with more and more elaborate plans to keep themselves hidden and still offer what he has to know to the police. He is afraid, they all are. No, they are scared out of their wits - fearing for their lives. But in the final hour, Cooper is forced to face himself: who is he really protecting with the lies? Himself? Or the criminals? I think this is a great read. It's chock full of suspense, mystery, and twists at every corner. It's not as action-packed as I would have liked, especially in the beginning, but it really gets your heart rate up. It's also highly realistic which makes it a tad bit scarier. I think anybody fifth grade and up would enjoy it.
            • olliebob
              olliebobalmost 7 years44 stars
              Code of Silence was a scary book of uncertainty. Three clever kids witness a robbery. But could there be cops involved? They decide to make a pact, a code of silence, but will it be as easy as they thought? It becomes harder and harder to keep there secret. This was a great novel, but a bit to scary for young readers.
              • lulubob
                lulubobalmost 7 years55 stars
                This my new favorite book. The excitement begins in the first chapter and never really stops. When Cooper Gordy and Hiro witness a crime and they think the cops are involved they form a promise that they will not tell a soul. But the lies to cover up are devouring them. Can they really keep the code of silence? But are lies the best option. Find out in this action packed book.
                • leomnade
                  leomnadealmost 7 years
                  I really enjoyed this book !!!!!!!
                  • genius1326
                    genius1326almost 7 years44 stars
                    I am reading it now, and I am almost done, but so far, I really like it, about witnessing a crime, living guilty, and having a choice between truth and lie.
                    • sushi321
                      sushi321almost 7 years44 stars
                      I just read this book recently and enjoyed it. It is about these 3 kids (Cooper, Gordy and Hiro) who saw a man in a coma. They must now remain quiet or else..... Read this book to find out more!