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Number of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
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Telling the Truth Could Get Them Killed.
Remaining Silent Could Be Worse.
When Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy witness a robbery that leaves a man in a coma, they find themselves tangled in a web of mystery and deceit that threatens their lives. After being seen by the criminalswho may also be copsCooper makes everyone promise never to reveal what they have seen. Telling the truth could kill them. But remaining silent means an innocent man takes the fall, and a friend never receives justice.
Is there ever a time to lie? And what happens when the truth is dangerous?
The three friends, trapped in a code of silence, must face the consequences of choosing right or wrong when both options have their price.
Tim Shoemaker is a national speaker and author of eleven books, including Code of Silence, Back Before Dark, and the third in the series, Below the Surface. His nonfiction titles include Super Husband, Super Dad … You Can Be the Hero Your Family Needs. Tim has three grown sons and has been happily married for over thirty years. Tim has also been working with youth on a volunteer basis for over twenty yearsand still loves it. Connect with Tim on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorTimShoemaker
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I immediately cared for the three teen characters, Cooper, Gordy and Hiro. They are regular kids enjoying a regular life and sharing good times with a trusted adult, Frank, at a local hangout. After witnessing a robbery and beating, Cooper risks himself to protect Gordy and Hiro and is identified and threatened by the robbers. The boys decide to keep silent because they fear for the safety of Cooper and his family. Thus, the Code of Silence is set. It seems like a wise plan but, immediately, lies must be told. They dont like lying or how it makes them feel, but soon they are hiding the truth from parents, teachers and police. They begin to wonder if they can still trust each other, though the teenagers both protect and stand up for each other. One boy is especially concerned about what the lies are doing to their character and if personal safety is a reason to not tell the truth. Themes of loyalty and courage in friendship abound, all tested by the corrosiveness of lies. Action is plentiful throughout the book: bike chases, bold moves, cover-ups and sting operations initiated by the kids, all keeping them just out of reach of the enemy. Parents should know that there is some sneaking out of the house, though not often because these kids seem to have a lot free time, are trusted, and have resources at their disposal. In the end, facing the truth is almost more frightening than confronting the enemy. While most teens will enjoy the action and tension of the life-threatening tasks Cooper, Gordy and Hiro take on, parents can be assured that good relationships between families, friends and community abound. Code of Silence is a tense tale with real consequences and a nice heart. There is some promise at the end for another adventure and I want to read it.
LibrarianAlberta, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome book for all agesJanuary 14, 2013LibrarianAlberta, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5You know how sometimes when you finishing reading a book filled with lots of suspense and at the very end you just go WOW! That was a good book! Thats all I need to say its just that good! Thanks Tim Shoemaker for writing such an awesome book. I would really like to see more like this.
Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fabulous!May 11, 2012Jill WilliamsonOregonAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Review by Jill Williamson
Cooper, Gordy, and Hiro witness a robbery and an attack one night at their favorite milkshake restaurant that leaves the owner in a coma and them the only witnesses. They make a pactâ€”a code of silenceâ€”not to tell anyone what they saw. But the lie weighs heavily on their minds. Cooper left his backpack at the restaurant, and the police are looking for him! But so are the bad guys and Cooper is afraid to talk to anyone.
Fabulous! I loved this book. It drew me in from the first page and I read it in a day. Cooper, Gordy, and Hiro are three unique characters, who each deal with the stress of what they saw in different ways. The mystery continues to the last page. This is a fun read for young and old readers. Check it out!
Linda readsAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Suspense for all ages!March 26, 2012Linda readsAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you buy this book for your children, be prepared to be in on the read. The suspense is excellent. Once I started, I couldn't put it down and I didn't expect that from a book for middle school and up. The author does a really great job of weaving a believable roller coaster tale. Enjoy!