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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385742738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385742733
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Ti-Anna's father is a famous Chinese dissident, living in exile in America. When he disappears during a trip to Hong Kong, she is convinced that she can find him. She and her friend Ethan follow his trail to Vietnam, where they realize that they have walked into the same trap her father encountered. But while he was arrested and taken back to China, Ti-Anna will be sold into slavery. Told by Ethan as part of a court-mandated confession (his parents reported him and their credit card missing), this is a political-action thriller inspired by a true story. Hiatt, an editor and columnist at the Washington Post, got the idea to write Nine Days from the work of dissident Wang Bingzhang's daughter (also named Ti-Anna) to free her father. However, despite the real-world inspiration, the protagonists' adventure (and the adults who offer only halfhearted attempts to stop them) requires a great suspension of disbelief. Ti-Anna, who is the driving force of plot, has several unexplained mood swings. While Ethan's narration is useful to impart background information about modern Chinese history, his inability to speak the language means he has to sum up important conversations after Ti-Anna has debriefed him, which can be distracting.-Jennifer Rothschild, Arlington County Public Libraries, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Tenth-grader Ethan Wynkoop’s quiet Washington life turns eventful when classmate and friend Ti-Anna Chen, born in China, tells him her father, a longtime Chinese democracy activist, has seemingly vanished while in Hong Kong. Ethan determines to help, and over summer break, with his parents away, they make a risky decision to go to China, hoping to find him. As their search takes them from Hong Kong to Hanoi, Vietnam, dangers are ever present, and they must follow sometimes tenuous leads while eluding detection and discerning what—and whom—to trust. With engaging protagonists—practical, deliberate Ethan and stubborn, impulsive Ti-Anna—this is a compelling, teen-centric political thriller that is inspired by actual events. Ethan’s intimate first-person narrative incorporates vivid descriptions of characters, settings, and events, as he recounts and reflects on his and Ti-Anna’s experiences. Newspaper editor and foreign correspondent Hiatt’s appended note provides context and background for the real-life people and events inspiring the story, as well as human rights organizations. This may very well pique readers’ interest in China’s complex history. Grades 9-12. --Shelle Rosenfeld

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Based on a true story, it moves along fast and is full of suspense and interest.
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It is told from the perspective of two teenagers who come to the events recounted in the book with their own knowledge, curiosity and a sense of right and wrong.
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Anyways, I would definitely recommend this for adults and young adults it was so great!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Baycyd on April 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I cannot tell you how happy I was to find this book. My husband and I are the book grandparents. We did fine until our granddaughters turned 12. They're excellent readers but it's been really hard finding books for them that are somewhere between the "Horace and his detective friend, the Giant Polar Bear" type of book (too young, though it claims to be for 12 year olds) and the profanity-laden books filled with teenaged sex (which claim to be for 12 and up). This book is perfect for that awkward age between these two genres. Smart (teaches about China and Hong Kong), interesting (a rites of passage story about a boy and girl running away to rescue the girls' dissident father). I can't wait to send this to the granddaughters and hope that Hiatt will write another one -- and soon! Thank you, Fred Hiatt!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Empyjay on May 2, 2013
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I read this book to see whether it would be suitable for my granddaughter and was surprised to find myself completely engrossed, although it's a Young Adult book, and I am by no means a Young Adult. It moves quickly and keeps you busy figuring things out--now, how exactly was he positioned when he was hanging backwards onto the rope on the top of that truck? The decisions the engaging narrator faces, and how he makes them, are life lessons for a younger reader. Though I would hope that none of mine will wind up taking my credit card off to SE Asia! The depiction of a holding onto a goal so important that it must be followed through unimagined difficulties is the one I would prefer my progeny to focus on.

Descriptions of Hong Kong and Hanoi are so vivid you can almost feel & smell them. Lots of satisfying little details.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Y. on April 27, 2013
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This book is a real page-turner. Compelling characters, both American and Asian. It captures the feel of Hong Kong. The pacing is exciting - would make a great movie.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Luna Finula on April 30, 2013
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As a good friend of the real Ti-Anna, from the moment I heard that Hiatt was writing a novel inspired by her real-life story, I couldn't wait to read it. Yesterday she lent me her copy and I ran home and finished it from front to back in less than 3hours. I couldn't put it down. I read a lot of books and never once have I finished any of them in one sitting, until now that is.

From the moment the book began, I was enthralled. Hiatt's writing style is fast-paced and he doesn't beat around the bush, but this is great because it sweeps the reader along on the adventure, never lingering long enough to lose the intense burst of adrenaline that is catalysed in the reader due to this thrilling story. And for a novel that is covering such serious topics as human rights (or lack of) and human trafficking, Hiatt still manages to create a lighthearted undertone thanks to Ethan's witty narration and his doting on Ti-Anna.

Hiatt also captures the epitome of both Hong Kong and Hanoi, and as someone who has traveled to both, I felt like I'd just been catapulted straight back into the hustle and bustle of those glittering cities, hanging out alongside Ti-Anna and Ethan as they delved deeper and deeper into the mysterious, and sometimes terrifying adventure that this book encompasses.

Afterwards I couldn't stop thinking about it. Not just because I know the real Ti-Anna, but also because this novel is based on a true story. Thus, I can only hope that this book receives the recognition it truly deserves, in return bringing about awareness of the ordeal Ti-Anna's father is still suffering from. Who knows what might arise from it?

p.s Part 2 anyone? I sure hope so!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Louis J. Levy on April 14, 2013
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This is a great story, using a fast-paced teenage adventure to cast light on important issues - the democracy movement in China and human trafficking. The author draws authentic pictures of Hong Kong and Vietnam that give you a real taste of those places. The voice of Ethan (the narrator) is captivating. Can't recommend this highly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on November 17, 2013
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This is an excellent book for teen readers, both male and female. Based on a true story, it moves along fast and is full of suspense and interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn MT on June 4, 2013
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My 10 year old daughter is loving this book and I can't wait to get my hands on it too. She's a fairly advanced reader who loves history but from what I can tell, it appeals to many age levels. She won't put it down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PaigeM. on May 26, 2013
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Seeing as that I've been to China (and Hong Kong) I absolutely loved this book. It definitely took me back to all the culture, sights, sounds, and just amazingness that is China. Not only that but I loved how the author implemented the political sector and what is going on, not only in China, but also in the United States as well. It was implemented in such a way that it wasn't like I was reading all this information about politics that I was bored, it flowed well with the story line, and really pulled the whole story together very nicely.
I also loved how this was based on a true story, so I could totally imagine a lot of this stuff happening. All the different situations that Ti-Anna and Ethan got into. It was extremely fast paced, and just kept flowing and flowing. Definitely makes me wish I was back in China *nostalgia*
When I was finished reading I was kinda wishing that there would be a sequel! It ended on sort of cliff-hanger ending, but also tied up a lot of loose ends, and left me feeling overall pleased with the whole novel. This definitely inspired me to want to read more novels on Asia in general, or novels about kidnapping and social unrest in communist China.
You're sort of getting a history lesson, action adventure, and tour of China and Hong Kong, all in one book. It wasn't overpowering, super easy to read, and I loved the whole darn thing. Ti-Anna and Ethan were really strong characters who were just smart. It's not often I come across characters that actually have some common sense (they're all either so in love that they can't think straight, or just so engrossed in become a mythical creature and trying to discover who they are that there's no room to show off their intelligence.)
Anyways, I would definitely recommend this for adults and young adults it was so great! I gave it 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads!
http://www.thepaige-turner.com/2013/05/nine-days-by-fred-hiatt.html
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