Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 8X4.346717
Jack Osborne's life changes forever the night men in masks break into his house, threaten Jack and his family, and ransack their home. Jack then discovers the reason these men have come into their lives-his father has been arrested for drug trafficking. Jack, his mother, and his sister are then forced to enter Witness Security Program. Jack becomes "Zach" and moves to Elko, Nevada, a town in the middle of nowhere. There he meets Sam, the strangest school custodian he has ever encountered, and Catalin, a girl who might make Zach's uprooting worth the trouble. But just as Zach finally begins to piece together a new life, he finds himself in danger again-and this time his actions could determine the fates of everyone he cares about.
Hardcover
Published on October 1, 2003 by Demco Media
ISBN-10: 0606292624
ISBN-13: 9780606292627
6 Book Reviews
  • bell9235
    bell9235Monday, February 1, 2016 at 1:56 pm55 stars
    I loved this book so much suspicion and suspense, but at the same time it tackles social issues and a wonderful love story!
    • mayak12
      mayak12Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 6:17 am
      Zach's Lie was a great, adventurous, keeps you ingaged in the book. I loved this book because it made you think you were there at the location , at the problems . Probably the best book I've read . It has great writing tecniques and ways to explain things to keep you interested in the book.
      • rohan123
        rohan123Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 7:34 pm44 stars
        The book that I will be reviewing today is Zach’s Lie By: Roland Smith. This book is about a boy named Jack Osbourne, his life changes the night that masked robbers break into his house and threaten his family. After that Jack finds out that these men came because, Jach’s father had been arrested for drug trafficking. Jack, his mother, and his sister are then forced to enter Witness Security Program. Jack becomes "Zach" and moves to Elko, Nevada, a town in the middle of nowhere. There he meets Sam, the strangest school custodian he has ever encountered, and Catalin, a girl who might make Zach's uprooting worth the trouble. But just as Zach finally begins to piece together a new life, he finds himself in danger again-and this time his actions could determine the fates of everyone he cares about. I liked this book for many reasons such as, it constantly had action. Another reason I liked this book was that you can really see what people face when they go into witness protection. Zach’s Lie is definitely realistic fiction because, all of these events could happen in real life. Internal conflict happens in this book is that Zach is always worried that when he cares about someone they get hurt. An External Conflict that happened was Man vs Man this happened in the beginning of the book when the masked robbers intruded Zach’s home. To conclude, Zach’s Lie was a great book and I recommend it to both boys and girls but also, people who like action packed books.
        • adonik
          Ms. DonikWednesday, May 14, 2014 at 5:04 pm
          The ending leaves you wanting more. I really enjoyed this book. I read this book in two sittings. The author does a great job with keeping you hooked into the main character and the suspense that keeps happening.
          • abercrombiegurl
            abercrombiegurlTuesday, December 25, 2012 at 7:40 am44 stars
            this book was pretty good...but it wasnt my favorite
            • imdabomb
              imdabombThursday, December 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm44 stars
              This book is about a boy named Jack, who receives a whole new identity, because there are these people who are chasing his family. He changes his name to Zach, gets blue eyes, and moves to a new state with the "bad guys" on their tail. He meets Sam, an interesting janitor and becomes friends with a girl named Catalin...but when the bad guys discover his family, they're in trouble.