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By Fred Hiatt

A fast moving modern mystery within the vein of James Patterson and Anthony Horowitz set opposed to the bustling backdrop of Hong Kong, Vietnam, and the border of China. This heart-pounding event happens as adolescents, an American teenage boy and his good friend, a chinese language woman from his Washington, DC-area highschool, needs to locate her father who has been kidnapped—and they simply have 9 days. even if the characters within the novel are fictionalized, they're in line with a true chinese language family members who have been a part of the chinese language Democracy stream and encouraged this story.

"Few mysteries mix cultural variety, politics and actual chance with a lighthearted friendship. This attractive combine can have nice appeal."—Kirkus Reviews

"A beautiful mystery grounded in real-world problems."—Publishers Weekly

"A rollicking and fast paced younger grownup event novel."—South China Morning Post

"Hiatt...offers middle-school-aged readers an attractive mixture of motion and friendship, with classes approximately global occasions and human rights woven throughout."—Washington publish booklet World

“A compelling, teen-centric political mystery . . . encouraged by means of genuine events.”—BooklistOnline.com

A NCSS/CBC awesome kid's alternate e-book within the box of Social Studies

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Here’s a snippet of what she wrote, within which she stated what had occurred to her father: In June 2002, my father traveled to Vietnam to fulfill with fellow hard work activists. They have been conferring over lunch in a restaurant close to the China-Vietnam border whilst numerous males conversing chinese language ordered them right into a vehicle. overwhelmed, blindfolded and gagged, my father and his colleagues have been kidnapped into China by means of boat. They have been left in a Buddhist temple in Guangxi Province for the chinese language experts. My father used to be held incommunicado for 6 months, in contravention of China’s personal felony Procedural legislation, and then he used to be charged with “offenses of espionage” and the “conduct of terrorism. ” His “trial” lasted at some point and was once held in the back of closed doorways. throughout the court cases, my father was once no longer allowed to talk, nor was once any facts awarded or witnesses known as. He used to be convicted and sentenced to existence in legal. The identities of his abductors have by no means been came upon. Ti-Anna succeeded in elevating the profile of her father’s case. regrettably, that wasn’t sufficient to cajole China’s govt to allow him pass, even supposing his overall healthiness has been declining in felony. together with her mom and her brother, instances Wang, she’s nonetheless making an attempt. expectantly his unlock will come quickly. I didn’t observe how a lot her tale had caught with me till i began penning this publication the subsequent summer season. i assumed it used to be going to be a couple of boy named Ethan, yet earlier than the second one bankruptcy had ended, a lady named Ti-Anna had made a quiet front. It became a ebook approximately either one of them—and, although they by no means make it into mainland China, approximately China, too. Like Ethan, I’ve been excited about China for a very long time, although I’ve by no means lived there and that i don’t communicate chinese language. I first visited China in 1977, while the rustic used to be simply starting to get over the Cultural Revolution. I consider the Beijing of 1977 as a bad, freezing urban, wreathed in smoke and soot from coal fires. everybody wore padded blue or grey jackets and walked or rode bicycles; just a couple of occasion functionaries received to journey in automobiles. For a customer, it used to be magical, otherworldly, nearly silent yet for the bicycle bells. For citizens, to an quantity I couldn’t take pleasure in on the time, it used to be a spot of privation and worry. humans dared no longer discuss how a lot that they had suffered below the rule of thumb of Chairman Mao Zedong, who had died the 12 months sooner than. via 2000, whilst I lower back to interview President Jiang Zemin and notice “the new China,” Beijing used to be remodeled. town used to be nonetheless choking, yet this time on vehicle exhaust. there have been sparkling new structures. The celebration was once nonetheless up to the mark, however it didn’t try and run people’s own lives. humans felt freer to talk—within limits. As Ethan and the fictitious Ti-Anna and their indignant classmates in international background category may let you know, it’s a posh tale, and there’s no unmarried correct method to view it. yet what Ethan and Ti-Anna event is definitely a part of the tale of contemporary China. based on Amnesty foreign, part one million humans in China are in punitive detention, notwithstanding they’ve by no means been charged with against the law or had a tribulation.

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