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Nine Days Hardcover – April 9, 2013
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Descriptions of Hong Kong and Hanoi are so vivid you can almost feel & smell them. Lots of satisfying little details.
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!
The books unlikely hero, Ethan Wynkoop, is a tenth grade boy who ends up on the journey of a lifetime when he joins his friend Ti-Anna on a mission to find her father. The mission is complicated by the fact that Ti-Anna’s father is a Chinese dissident who has disappeared inside of Hong Kong. Undeterred, Ethan “borrows” his parents’ credit cards to book airline tickets for the two of them. The story takes off from there as Ethan and Ti-Anna make their way through the strange and wondrous city of Hong Kong and then to Vietnam on a search for Ti-Anna’s father. Ethan is a likeable character. His mild grousing about the accommodations and lack of food reminds us that he’s still a boy despite his very grown-up reaction as he finds himself in an increasingly dangerous situation. The dialogue between Ti-Anna and Ethan rings true as does the touching relationship between these two strong-minded, sometimes bull-headed, teenagers.
Nine Days is based on the true story of a young woman named Ti-Anna whose father is still imprisoned in China. Hiatt wraps the drama in an engaging lesson in history and politics, but, ultimately, Nine Days is the compelling story of two teens on a rollercoaster ride of an adventure.
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I liked this book so much I purchased it for my grandson who loves to read.Published 24 months ago by R. J. West
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