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Fake ID



by
Lamar Giles

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Amistad
ISBN
9780062121844

Awards and Honors
Bulletin Blue Ribbon 2014, Fiction; 2015 Edgar Nominee, Young Adult
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Gun Violence, Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
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Nick, in the Witness Protection Program, is supposed to stay low-key. Then he uncovers a murder conspiracy in his new town, and his profile becomes dangerously high.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Gun Violence, Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

320

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Dewey

F

AR

4.6: points 10

Lexile

HL640L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

18

JLG Release

Mar 2014

Book Genres


Topics

Conspiracies. Witness protection programs. Friendship. Fathers and sons.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal

Junior Library Guild

  • Fast-paced, funny, and featuring a diverse cast, Fake ID has wide appeal.
  • Starts as a clever whodunit and deftly builds into a fascinating, multilayered conspiracy thriller.
  • Nick is a compelling, relatable protagonist. He’s standoffish and cynical from his family’s tumultuous time in the Witness Protection Program (“Happy has a short battery life in my world,” he says.). But Nick has a strong moral compass and an irrepressible curiosity that gets him into trouble—as well as an impressive resourcefulness that gets him out of it.
  • Supporting characters are well drawn and help anchor the complex plot in human emotion. Nick’s charmingly adversarial friendship with Eli, the hyper-intelligent school newspaper editor, doesn’t last long, but Eli’s sudden murder is startling and resonates throughout the story. And Nick’s relationship with Reya, Eli’s beautiful, tenacious sister, is realistically complicated and a source of both needed warmth and additional tension.
  • The Witness Protection Program, a familiar trope of suspense stories, feels fresh and engaging in this novel. Nick’s father’s criminal history—and Nick’s witness to that history—leads to compelling drama at home. Later, in a surprising reveal, Nick learns that the program is much more deeply involved in his new town’s mysteries than he imagined.

School Library Journal

Nick Pearson’s real name is Tony Bordeaux. A high schooler in Witness Protection, this is the fourth new identity and home for Nick in the last few years. It’s all because his father keeps falling into his old criminal habits. Despite this, Nick is trying his best to fit into his new life and school in Stepton, Georgia. He befriends his student guide, an eccentric aspiring journalist named Eli Cruz. As Eli attempts to persuade him to join the school paper, the reporter alludes to shady dealings and sinister happenings going on in Stepton, including something called “Whispertown.” Unexpectedly, Nick finds Eli dead one morning. The police rule his death a suicide, but Nick and Eli’s sister Reya suspect that he may have uncovered something that he shouldn’t have. As evidence mounts, the protagonist begins to connect all the disparate events, culminating in deadly consequences. Giles’s action-packed debut will have teens on the edge of their seats as they follow Nick’s journey to discover the secrets of Whispertown and his attempt to uncover why his friend was killed. Teen readers will especially relate to the likable everyman and African American main character. His burgeoning relationship with Reya, despite being grounded in tragedy, is one of the more charming aspects of the plot. A twist reveal at the novel’s climax will shock many and will leave fans of mystery and suspense books extremely satisfied.—Ryan P. Donovan, New York Public Library

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild

  • Fast-paced, funny, and featuring a diverse cast, Fake ID has wide appeal.
  • Starts as a clever whodunit and deftly builds into a fascinating, multilayered conspiracy thriller.
  • Nick is a compelling, relatable protagonist. He’s standoffish and cynical from his family’s tumultuous time in the Witness Protection Program (“Happy has a short battery life in my world,” he says.). But Nick has a strong moral compass and an irrepressible curiosity that gets him into trouble—as well as an impressive resourcefulness that gets him out of it.
  • Supporting characters are well drawn and help anchor the complex plot in human emotion. Nick’s charmingly adversarial friendship with Eli, the hyper-intelligent school newspaper editor, doesn’t last long, but Eli’s sudden murder is startling and resonates throughout the story. And Nick’s relationship with Reya, Eli’s beautiful, tenacious sister, is realistically complicated and a source of both needed warmth and additional tension.
  • The Witness Protection Program, a familiar trope of suspense stories, feels fresh and engaging in this novel. Nick’s father’s criminal history—and Nick’s witness to that history—leads to compelling drama at home. Later, in a surprising reveal, Nick learns that the program is much more deeply involved in his new town’s mysteries than he imagined.

School Library Journal

Nick Pearson’s real name is Tony Bordeaux. A high schooler in Witness Protection, this is the fourth new identity and home for Nick in the last few years. It’s all because his father keeps falling into his old criminal habits. Despite this, Nick is trying his best to fit into his new life and school in Stepton, Georgia. He befriends his student guide, an eccentric aspiring journalist named Eli Cruz. As Eli attempts to persuade him to join the school paper, the reporter alludes to shady dealings and sinister happenings going on in Stepton, including something called “Whispertown.” Unexpectedly, Nick finds Eli dead one morning. The police rule his death a suicide, but Nick and Eli’s sister Reya suspect that he may have uncovered something that he shouldn’t have. As evidence mounts, the protagonist begins to connect all the disparate events, culminating in deadly consequences. Giles’s action-packed debut will have teens on the edge of their seats as they follow Nick’s journey to discover the secrets of Whispertown and his attempt to uncover why his friend was killed. Teen readers will especially relate to the likable everyman and African American main character. His burgeoning relationship with Reya, despite being grounded in tragedy, is one of the more charming aspects of the plot. A twist reveal at the novel’s climax will shock many and will leave fans of mystery and suspense books extremely satisfied.—Ryan P. Donovan, New York Public Library

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