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

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,851 Ratings  ·  358 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
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 25, 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
Nov 21, 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

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.
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
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
Jack Levins
Jan 15, 2016 Jack Levins rated it it was amazing
Zach’s Lie by Roland Smith

Jack was living a normal and happy life, until one night, the Osborne’s home is broken into by drug dealers. The Osbornes later found out that Mr. Osborne was a drug dealer because his airplane business was struggling. Now, the drug cartel was after them, Jack’s dad was in jail, and they have to restart their lives (without their father) and move secretly to a small town in Nevada called Elko. Now, Jack had to change his name to Zach Granger, live a life of lies and hi
Miles Hughes
Nov 30, 2015 Miles Hughes rated it it was amazing
Miles Hughes
December 1, 2015
Period 1
Magical Realism 10

The novel, Zach’s Lie by Roland Smith is very suspenseful. Jack Osborne’s life is in dangerous situations. His father was in a drug cartel transporting drugs for the leader, Alonzo Aznar. After fearing his and his family’s life was in danger, he turned himself in. Jack's family was put into the “WPP,” also known as the witness protection program. Jack's name changed to Zach when him and his family were taken to Elko, Nevada. Sooner or later,
Apr 22, 2015 Beverly rated it it was amazing
This story involves the drug cartell and the Witness Protection Program.

Jack, sister JoAnne, and Mom are awakened in the wee hours of the morn by 3 masked, armed men. Their arms are bound and mouths duck taped.
This is the beginning of a never ending nightmare for them. They watch as their home is ransacked, and then are warned never to involve authorities if they want to live. As the day breaks, police storm the home, the house is arrested, meaning drawers are emptied in bags, computers are carr
Feb 19, 2014 Colten rated it it was amazing
The main characters in the book Zack's Lie is mother, father, sister, Sam Sebesta, Uncle Don, Aunt Doris, Catalin, Darrell Gill and Peter the bully. The family moved in the summer, and the family lives in Elko, Nevada. The family had to change their lives because Mr. Osborne was doing illegal things that got him into major problems and trouble with the police. The family had to change their names and move away from their real home town. The family is under cover. Zach, Wanda, and their mother ha ...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!

Elizabeth Nagy
Nov 02, 2015 Elizabeth Nagy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was so good
Danielle Bartos
Mar 09, 2015 Danielle Bartos rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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.
Katie Moller
Jan 19, 2015 Katie Moller added it
Shelves: top-25
Zack's lie is about a boy who is put into the witness protection program and the complications of being hunted. Although he thinks he is safe he's terribly wrong.

My teachers at my old school used to read to us and this was one of the books they read to us and I was always so excited to hear the next chapter. The plot as good, and after our teacher finished it we wanted the next in the series. This was one of my first exposures to series with cliff hangers which I initially was mad at but now ap
Jan 16, 2014 Corkery rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 7th-grade
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 Ca ...more
James Wethington
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Jan 27, 2011 #1mjfannamedcharles rated it it was amazing
Jorge Banuelos
Jun 16, 2008 Jorge Banuelos rated it it was amazing
its awesome i loved it
Blaine Dillard
Sep 03, 2011 Blaine Dillard rated it it was amazing
great book
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Zach, previously Jack, his mom and his sister are all forced to enter the Federal Witness Protection System because of his dad's involvement (unbeknownst to them) with the drug cartel. They are relocated to Nevada where things are going well until Peter steals Zach's journal and threatens to expose their secrets. Before that can happen the drug cartel intercepts a blank postcard they sent to their past family attorney and figures out where the famil
Sep 20, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it
I had some real issues with this book. Zach calls hiding his identity a lie, yet most people would not consider it to be lying. Second, and very disturbing, is that Zach develops a friendship with the school janitor--that's good. But he starts to work for him and ends up showering in his apartment, the janitor gets him clothes that he brings into the bathroom, and he spends the night with him. Maybe before Sandusky, it wouldn't have bothered me so much, but it felt creepy! I know someone who is ...more
Zachary Marianetti
Jan 10, 2010 Zachary Marianetti rated it really liked it
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Amy Abraham
Feb 17, 2011 Amy Abraham rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
For me not being a reader I found this book to be interesting. This book is based on a boy whos dad is introuble with some men. The men decide to come and threaten the family by saying they will kill them. The family not knowing what was going on begins to be worried. That night the police get involved and the family is sent to live somewhere else.

While living in this new town with new identies the main character Zach (Jack) gets in a fight with one of the boys named Peter from his new school. A
Apr 24, 2009 Nick rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-read
Zach's Lie is an excellent book for a few reasons. One reason that I really liked this book was because when you first start reading it you get to know his family and the way they are accustomed to living. Soon after, you learn that his dad did some stuff that gets Zach and his family into trouble and they have to move from a nice big house to a town called Elko and it's real small town along with a small home. I gave this book a four out of five because I really liked the book because of the ex ...more
Sep 10, 2010 Tiffany added it
Shelves: series
Zach, who used to be Jack, is part of the witness protection program. His mother, sister, and himself have moved to a town in the middle of nowhere, where Zach must learn to live and lie. They have very few things from their old life. Zach has brought Commander IF with him, his imaginary friend, and his Jack-in-the-Box, a lock box with his journals in it. In the end, it is the last journal, the one now in the Jack-in-the-Box, which gets him into trouble.
This was a great book, especially for thos
May 07, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
Katie Meaney
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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
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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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