If the Witness Lied by Caroline B. Cooney

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This is a book that you read in one sitting, because you have to know what happened during that accident, and what will happen to Jack, and to the helpless little boy Tris. This is a book where at least one person is evil...
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Choices do matter and forgiveness is possible.

Jack Fountain knows that what’s happened to his family sounds like the most horrible soap opera anyone could ever write. But it happened—to Jack; his parents; 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 now that their parents are gone, has decided that they will heal only if they work through their pain—on camera. The very identities they’ve created for themselves are called into question. In less than twenty-four hours their fate will change yet again, but this time they vow to not be exploited and to discover the truth.

In this gripping thriller, Caroline B. Cooney details how love, devotion, and forgiveness make resilience—and recovery—possible.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Caroline B. Cooney

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CAROLINE B. COONEY is the bestselling author of more than thirty young adult books, including the million-copy plus bestseller, The Face on the Milk Carton.
 
Published April 30, 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 226 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Jen Robinson's Book Page

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on Jun 05 2009

This is a book that you read in one sitting, because you have to know what happened during that accident, and what will happen to Jack, and to the helpless little boy Tris. This is a book where at least one person is evil...

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The Compulsive Reader

Good
Reviewed by The Compulsive Reader on Dec 13 2009

The conclusion comes together rather quickly and easily, but it is a very satisfying one. Cooney's latest book is inventive and excellent, with a mystery that is unconventional and fascinating.

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Peaceful Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Peaceful reader on Jul 05 2011

The story was predictable.The characters were flat. The candle on the cover doesn't fit-Jack Fountain on a bike, a television camera, a little boy in a Jeep-any of these would have worked. It never fully adds up...

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