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Zach's Lie (Zach's Lie #1)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  4,024 Ratings  ·  382 Reviews
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,
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 28th 2003 by Disney-Hyperion (first published June 1st 2001)
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Jan 23, 2010 Wendee rated it really liked it
My 12-year-old son brought this home from school last week as required reading for a class. The title summoned fears that it might be a bent book, so I had to examine it. After the first page, I was hooked! I had to find out how and what and why... and who. I felt like a detective looking for clues to piece the puzzle together at first, then on the edge of my seat as a spectator anticipating the worst but hoping for the best. My children heard me cry out in several parts in surprise and dismay a ...more
Cathleen Ash
Have you ever felt like you were living a lie? Like, right before breaking up with a girlfriend or boyfriend you pretend you still like them? Well, Zach’s lie is a bit bigger than that.

First, his name is Jack, not Zach. But he’ll never be able to use “Jack” again. Never.

Second, some guys broke into his house and duct-taped his mother, his sister and Jack on the couch. Then they held a phone up to his mom - and told her the only thing she could say to Jack’s father on the other end: they will k
Mar 31, 2012 Cara rated it liked it
First off: I'm nobodies mother.
That being said, I have some opinions on this book that contradict the things others have said.

I read this series in grade 7. Not because it was mandatory, I just picked it up at the library one day. I haven't read them since but I remember that I thought they were kick booty (because back then I couldn't say 'ass').

Let me tell you why....

That was the year that my dad got cancer. Things were really tough in my house. I just took to curling up with a book when I w
Jan 23, 2009 Samantha rated it it was amazing
How does a 7th-grader cope with two identity changes in just a few months without serious adjustment problems? Jack Osborne, alias Zach Granger, alias Mack Greene, manages to pull it off with a maturity that belies his years. On the day that three masked strangers invade the Osborne household and terrorize Jack, his sister Joanne, and their mother, Jack's life is changed forever. His father's involvement in drug smuggling in South America, a situation he later admits was the result of financial ...more
Oct 31, 2012 Stephen rated it liked it
Zach's Lie is a story of a young man (a seventh grader) whose life is uprooted when his father is arrested and his family must enter the witness protection program. He, his mother and his older sister are given new identities and a new life history as well as a new place to live. Such changes are challenging at best but when this happens to a young man at a point in his life when he's struggling to define and discover his real identity, it can be devastating.

This fast paced, generally upbeat, b
Brandi Rae

Jack Osbourne has always lived a normal, suburban life with his parents and sister. Until the night he is woken up in the middle of the night by men who threaten to kill him, his mother and his sister if they don't do exactly what they say. That was the night that changed everything. The night his father was arrested for drug trafficking, forcing he, his mother and sister into the Witness Protection Program. The night he became Zach Granger.

The Grangers live in a tiny town in Nevada's Ruby Moun

David Espinoza25
(Spoilers) Loved it!!! Zach is actually Jack; he's in the witness security program. Alonzo and his PIC's (partners ib crime) search for Zach to find a journal that will give him a key to Zach's dad's cell. Zach's dad was an airplane pilot and has something to do with a drug cartel. He moves to a small town in Elko, Neveda and meets a strange janitor that becomes a close a friend. His name is Sam. Sam is actually a spy, (CIA material, but a different agency) who proves his skills in the end. But ...more
Matt Thompson
Jun 17, 2014 Matt Thompson rated it really liked it
Zacks lie is a spectacular thriller which is about the Osborne's, a wealthy american family that has no worries in the world. So they think. One night four armed men with ski masked covering their faces, break into the Osborne's home threatening to kill all of them if they call the police. They then kidnap zacks father and leave the house with no evidence of their visit. It turns out zacks father wasn't flying for an american travel airline, he was the main pilot for an international drug cartel ...more
Jan 27, 2010 Rachel rated it it was ok
Finally! Was all I thought as I shut the last page of this book. Despite the interesting plot line and weird twists and turns the story was dry. I expected it all as time started to run out. I could tell that Sam wasn't who he said he was and that that Alonzo was going to find him. The writing was very vague and even thought I usually love to let my imagination flow and take control of the story I felt limited. I will not be reading the sequel to this book even if it is only half as bad!

Heather Livingston
Jun 02, 2016 Heather Livingston rated it really liked it
The author really makes sure he describes what's going on so you can get a visual. Even though he does that, you barely do know what's going on and it's all one big mystery. There are little things that are left out and I love it! When I was reading the book, I was hooked. It was very interesting from the beginning to the end. You know that some of these things could actually be happening in the world right as you are reading it. This book really makes you think.
Danielle Bartos
May 11, 2013 Danielle Bartos rated it it was amazing
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Fascinating look into witness protection! A very quick read. Well paced, good character development, highly suspenseful. I will be recommending to my boys in class this year, especially my reluctant readers.
Elizabeth Nagy
Nov 02, 2015 Elizabeth Nagy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was so good
Jorge Banuelos
Jun 16, 2008 Jorge Banuelos rated it it was amazing
its awesome i loved it
Jan 13, 2011 #1mjfannamedcharles rated it it was amazing
Blaine Dillard
Sep 03, 2011 Blaine Dillard rated it it was amazing
great book
Mia King
Dec 14, 2016 Mia King rated it really liked it
Jack Osborne's life gets totally turned around when he finds out his dad is working as a drug trafficker and he is now in jail. One night a couple of men with masks on break into their house and threaten them. To later figure out that they were in his house because of his father. Because his father was arrested because of his drug trafficking they moved died their hair blonde, got colored contacts, and changed their names.

The theme of this book is that doing bad things get consequences. For ex
Holly Beth
Oct 25, 2016 Holly Beth rated it it was amazing
This book was an amazing read. It keeps you full of suspense and wonder. There are so many twist and turns that you never know what will happen next. Roland does a great job making you feel like you are in the action yourself due to his amazing writing. Zach's world gets turned upside down along with his families. He has no clue what is going on but knows that it is very bad. I would have my students write cause/effects so that they can study this.
Mary Joy
Dec 15, 2016 Mary Joy rated it liked it
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I enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was an interesting story and that kept me engaged. I thought that the custodian was probably my favorite character in the book.
Feb 07, 2017 Avneet added it
it is very interesting
Oct 18, 2016 Mare rated it it was amazing
interesting story. Mr Osborn gets himself into deep trouble and the backlash pushes his family into hiding. Zach tries his best to reinvent himself yet not lose who he was before, Jack.
Casey C. 6
Jan 10, 2017 Casey C. 6 rated it really liked it
Zach’s Lie by Ronald Smith a a book about a kid named Jack who is in danger. His dad has been transporting illegal drugs over borders of other countries. The man he was working for is now after him and they have to go into the witness protection program to stay safe. All of the family change their names and Jack from then on is known as Zach. They then move to a small town in Nevada and begin a new fake life. Zach has to lie to all of his new friends and his new crush about his life before Nevad ...more
Kaitlynn Desmarais
Oct 06, 2016 Kaitlynn Desmarais rated it really liked it
zachs lie was a really good book. i dont really like to read but zachs lie really sucked me in to it on the 5th chapter. every chapter was very detailed and gave me a clear picture of what was going on in the book. The last few chapters of zachs lie i just wanted to keep reading and reading cause it was so good. the ending of the book was really good but made me kinda mad because the book just stopped right has it was giving a really good picture.
Dec 03, 2016 Sam rated it it was amazing
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May 04, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
Katie Meaney
English 3rd
Zach’s Lie
By: Roland Smith
Zach’s lie is a thrilling mind blowing book. It gives you a real life stories line that could actually happen to someone. This book I read got me really into it was I couldn’t put it down till I finished. Zach’s lie has 3 main parts in it. The 1st part of the book that I read is called Flight. It gives you depth information about the family what happen with jack’s father and how it’s going to change their lives forever. The stories line begin
Jan 31, 2016 Juanita rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure
Review: Zach 19s Lie by Roland Smith.

This book shows how drugs can really mess up your life and it also explains all the different ways to change your identity. The story was an adventure and survival situation for a mother and two children who did nothing criminally wrong but had to pay the price of losing their identity. The colorful descriptive context gives a vivid picture of what was happening and how emotions kept the reader connected to the characters. The only flaw about the book was the
Avery Donoho
Oct 07, 2016 Avery Donoho rated it really liked it
Jack Osborne is in the witness protection program with his mom and sister. His dad is in prison for being involved in a drug cartel but he will testify against the men he worked for. Jack's name was changed to Zach and h moved to a town called Elko. It's a pretty cool, small town. Zach does a lot of cool things but the family ends up getting found by the men looking for them. Zach meets a janitor and a girl that end up getting involved. The janitor helps Zach get out of danger and catches the ba ...more
Dec 22, 2016 Candice rated it it was amazing
The boys in my reading group loved this book! The characters were believable and the action-filled plot kept the readers engaged.
Joe B
Nov 21, 2013 Joe B rated it it was amazing
Do you like action, intense moments and a story that keeps you reading? Well if you do, I have the book for you, Zach’s Lie By Roland Smith.
I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to a friend because I love the action in the book and that there is always something new in every chapter.
Here is an action moment in the book. “I woke up with a hand clamped over my mouth, a man telling me make one sound and you will die.” That is from the part of the book when the bad guys bre
Jack Osborne, through no fault of his own doing, must assume a new identity, along with his sister and mother, to escape the wrath of Alonzo Aznar, a ruthless, vindictive drug dealer. Jack's father, a decorated navy pilot, fell in with the wrong people once his stint in the Navy was over. He flew a jet for the drug lord while his drug cargo was delivered into the United States. Jack's father was caught, and although he admitted to his family that he was wrong, he still had to pay the price with ...more
Amanda B.
Oct 10, 2007 Amanda B. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes suspense
This was such an amazing book, i hated it when i had to stop reading it. I had come upon this book becuase my cousin was moving and he had this book on his bed and i asked about it. He told me it was a good book and becuase it is so difficult for me to find a good book, i decided to give it a shot. I ended up loving this book. It is the story of a family that has to go under the Witness Protection Program and it is a family of a husband, wife, son and daughter. They got into it becuase his fathe ...more
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Roland Smith is an American author of young adult fiction as well as nonfiction books for children.
Smith was born in Portland, Oregon, and graduated from Portland State University and, following a part-time job at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, began a 20-year career as a zookeeper, both at the Oregon Zoo and the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington. After working to save wildlife following the E
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