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Zack

by William Bell

Doubleday Canada | January 9, 2001 | Mass Market Paperbound

Zack is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 4.
"But I don't look like a Jewish Negro or a black Jew. I look like a black. I am of average height, of average build, with wavy hair that I wear very short, and very dark skin. Talk about an identity crisis."

Ten years after Crabbe, Bell returns to the theme of a young man wrestling with his identity. Zack Lane is uncomfortable with his mixed racial origins. He knows much about his father's side, the descendants of Romanian Jews, but his mother broke all ties with her family before Zack was born. Why she did so is the "family mystery."

Zack has recently been uprooted when his parents moved from the largest city in Canada to the outskirts of a small town. Friendless, unsuccessful at school and at the lowest point in his life, he undertakes a research project into the life of Richard Pierpoint, former African slave, soldier in the War of 1812, and the pioneer farmer who cleared the land on which Zack's house now stands. Pierpoint's story inspires Zack to go to Mississippi to look for his maternal grandfather. What he discovers shakes the foundations of all he has believed in.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 224 pages, 6.85 × 4.15 × 0.6 in

Published: January 9, 2001

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0770428606

ISBN - 13: 9780770428600

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from the Wonderful book Zack this book was really good because it taught me how cruel the world can be and that it is not only the white people that are racist in the book but so is his grandfather(who is black) was also racist about the white people. it taught me that we should not judge people by there color of skin but as they are as a person. that is what the book thaught me
Date published: 2005-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Zack This book was really good. It's about a boy who is half black, and half Jewish. He falls in love with a girl named Jen, and everything is good for a while. He writes a history paper to bring up his mark, and the topic of his paper inspires him go to Mississippi, and meet his African relations. This book has a few interesting twists and turns. It's really interesting, and I reccomend this book to anyone over the age of 12 or 13, because some of the things mentioned in the book.
Date published: 2003-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from True Book Review The book Zack is an easy and fast book to read. The book is very descriptive and does not stray from the main plot very much. It takes place in the North American countries of Canada and the United States. It is about a 17 year old boy named Zack, who got up-rooted from his life in the city, during his last year of high school and was brought to the country. Zack resents his parents for taking him to a place he hates. Zack's mother with holds all she can take about Zack's kin on his mother's side of the family. Zack has a plan to find out about his other side of the family, yet it would ruin the ending if I told you. Read it and you will find a surprise twist near the end of the story. I think the book is well rounded and a good story all together. I would recommend this book to anyone age 12 and up because some of the content might be inappropriate for some people.
Date published: 2003-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Zack is a great book that takes place in Fergus, Ontario. William Bell is one of the best Canadian authors I know of. The book is about the life of a young black male that searches for his grandfather and is pushed around because of his colour. This is a great book. Read It
Date published: 2001-05-16

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Zack

by William Bell

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 224 pages, 6.85 × 4.15 × 0.6 in

Published: January 9, 2001

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0770428606

ISBN - 13: 9780770428600

Read from the Book

Chapter 1“You can never place your foot into the same river twice,” my dad often reminded me, quoting some ancient Greek philosopher with an unpronounceable name. I wondered as I scraped the sole of my high-top on the spade’s edge if the same wisdom applied to stepping in dog droppings. Between our new house and the row of cedars that fringed the river, the dry brown grass was littered with revolting little piles of fossilized puppy poop that had magically appeared as the snow thawed.Scooping dog doo-doo pretty much summed up the way I felt about moving to that place. The house itself was all right. Under torture I would have admitted that it was better than our cramped two-bedroom apartment in the city. I had a decent room on the second floor with a big window looking over the yard, but that wasn’t much consolation. I was used to going to school through the rumble and snarl of traffic, sidewalks teeming with people rushing past restaurants, pool halls, video arcades and head shops. I had travelled on a city bus jammed with faces of every colour and humming with languages from around the world. Now each morning I stood like a stump at the end of our unpaved driveway waiting for the big yellow monster to swallow me up and transport me to Boredom High School. I had been dragged from a major street in the biggest city in the country to the edge of the known universe, a rural route in Garafraxa Township–the name sounded like an incurable skin disease–with a chicken farm at the de
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From the Publisher

"But I don't look like a Jewish Negro or a black Jew. I look like a black. I am of average height, of average build, with wavy hair that I wear very short, and very dark skin. Talk about an identity crisis."

Ten years after Crabbe, Bell returns to the theme of a young man wrestling with his identity. Zack Lane is uncomfortable with his mixed racial origins. He knows much about his father's side, the descendants of Romanian Jews, but his mother broke all ties with her family before Zack was born. Why she did so is the "family mystery."

Zack has recently been uprooted when his parents moved from the largest city in Canada to the outskirts of a small town. Friendless, unsuccessful at school and at the lowest point in his life, he undertakes a research project into the life of Richard Pierpoint, former African slave, soldier in the War of 1812, and the pioneer farmer who cleared the land on which Zack's house now stands. Pierpoint's story inspires Zack to go to Mississippi to look for his maternal grandfather. What he discovers shakes the foundations of all he has believed in.

About the Author

William Bell, author, editor and educator, holds Masters degrees in both Education and Literature. Currently the Head of English at Orillia Collegiate, Bell has also taught in Harbin and Beijing. His other novels include Crabbe, No Signature, Speak to the Earth and Forbidden City, which has been translated into more than ten languages.

Editorial Reviews

"Bell graphically depicts the horror of Tiananmen Square in this powerful and compelling book." —Calgary Herald

"Full of pleasures—. William Bell is arguably one of the most wide-ranging and reliable of Canadian authors." —Books in Canada

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17