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Nine Days

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  132 ratings  ·  46 reviews
A fast-paced contemporary thriller in the vein of James Patterson and Anthony Horowitz set against the bustling backdrop of Hong Kong, Vietnam, and the border of China. This heart-pounding adventure takes place as two teens, an American teenage boy and his friend, a Chinese girl from his Washington, DC-area high school, must find her father who has been kidnapped—and they ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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While the premise of Nine Days sounds like it will involve political intrigue and the plight of political prisoners in China, in actuality it's a story about two teens on a nine-day adventure through a foreign land.

Ti-Anna's family moved to the United States when she was very young because her father was forced to leave China. He is still fighting for a democracy in China, even while in the U.S. Ti-Anna becomes friends with Ethan when she discovers he knows a lot about Chinese history. They form
I really enjoyed this book! It is not only a quick read, but you will also learn about China and government. The reason that I didn't give it five stars is because many events that take place in the book would never happen in real life. I also felt that the love connection between The two 15 year old characters wasn't explained well and it didn't seem real.
Lou Levy
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.
Janie Chodosh
Here is an interesting book. Written by Fred Hiatt, a columnist for the Washington Post, with the help of Ti-Anna Wang, whose life story this story fictionalizes, NINE DAYS tells the story of Ethan and Ti-Anna as they try to find out what happened to Ti-Anna's political activist father who has gone missing while on a trip to Hong Kong. Although some of the plotting, such as how they were able to sneak out of the USA and go to China felt a little forced, the story was compelling and kept me turni ...more
Richie Partington
Richie's Picks: NINE DAYS by Fred Hiatt, Delacorte, April 2013, 256p., ISBN: 978-0-385-74273-3

"Freedom, freedom"
-- Richie Havens (1941-2013)

"I've been reading about China for a long time, and the more I learn the more I want to know.
"So when Mr. Stoltz called Mao 'the father of his nation,' the George Washington of modern China, it set me off.
"On certain subjects I feel strongly, and sometimes when I hear something dumb, or wrong, I can't stop myself.
"This was one of those times.
"I raised my han
Ms. Yingling
Ti-Anna is the daughter of Chinese revolutionaries who are working for democracy in China. Ethan is fascinated with Chinese culture. When Ti-Anna's father attempts to go to Hong Kong, even though he knows if he sets foot back in China he will be arrested, he goes missing. Ti-Anna is determined to go to China and find him, and she finds a willing ally in Ethan. The two take off with the bare essentials and without much of a plan, but manage to track down friends of her father's who are willing to ...more
An enjoyable, edifying, and ultimately passionate book. Nine Days is somewhat misleadingly marketed as a young adult thriller in the spirit of James Patterson. While I have not read any James Patterson, it is hard to believe it is much like this. Nine Days has a good plot that keeps you turning the pages through the short, rapid-fire chapters, as you go from the United States to Hong Kong to Vietnam and back to Hong Kong and the United States.

But the book is really a passionate case for human ri
May 19, 2013 Lyn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Ethan Wynkoop has known Ti-Anna since sixth grade but it is only after a tenth grade class discussion about whether Mao could be considered the 'father of modern China' that they become friends. The teacher compares Mao to George Washington. Ethan can't help but speak up and point out that George Washington didn't kill twenty million of his countrymen.

After class, Ti-Anna thanks him for speaking up in class. Her parents are from China and relocated to Washington, D.C. when it became too dangerou
Ashley Granger
I would probably give this a 3.5 (Come on goodreads! Make a .5 point system!)

Ethan Wynkoop is a 15-year-old boy who a near-obsessive interest in Chinese culture. He becomes friends with Ti-Anna Chen, whose father is a Chinese activist, though he has been exiled from his country due to past demonstrations. Ti-Anna confides to Ethan that her father, who had gone to meet other activists in China, is now missing. Ethan comes up with a plan to go to Hong Kong with Ti-Anna and track down her father, o
Holly Wagner
Having heard a review on NPR, my husband suggested this book. He read it quickly on the train and recommended it. So, I got to it this week. Quick action, fun read, and definitely more of a boy book. These are good characteristics! High school sophomore, Ethan, wanting nothing more than to be a hero, swoops in to save his best friend, Ti-Anna by flying to China to help her find her father, a Chinese dissident and pro-Democracy advocate who mysteriously has gone missing. To this end, they unwitti ...more
This book was very factual and had an intriguing setting. Moving around from Hong Kong to Lamma and Hanoi, Ti-Anna and Ethan are trying to find out where Ti-Anna's dad is. Thinking that his parents don't really care about his well-being, Ethan accompanies her, forging signatures and swiping his parents' Visa card.

I loved how the setting was very descriptive because it gave a good visual of these places if the reader hasn't been there before. It also built up Ethan's character, seeing as he was v
This isn't the kind of book I generally read, and I'm not sure how much it will get checked out in my library, but I hope it does because it deals with some very important issues. We don't hear too much about political activists in China, or about human trafficking. Both of those issues are dealt with in this book in a way that makes it both exciting to read and also very informative. It made me want to educate myself more on the Chinese Cultural Revolution because I don't know much about it at ...more
My twelve-year-old daughter and I read this for a book club. She loved it and would give it five stars. I liked that it appeals to teens as a quick paced adventure story, and that it also addresses real issues in China. There is a real Ti-Anna (though she didn't experience the adventure the Ti-Anna in the book experiences) and her father. a pro-democracy activist, remains in prison in China. You can also tell that Hiatt, a journalist, has spent a fair amount of time in the areas where the charac ...more
Kathy Wawer
T-Anna's father disappears in China while on a human rights mission. She and Ethan take off to find them, using their resourcefulness to follow his trail. Chinese politics and thrilling action ensue.
Emmeline Chu
I liked this book because it was very actiony, and fun to read. I liked how this author wrote the book, because this book is only based on nine days, and the title is nine days
Ethan - a high school student with a lively interest in Chinese culture and politics - befriends Ti-Anna, a fellow student and daughter of a prominent expatriate Chinese dissident. When Ti-Anna's father first travels to Hong Kong and then goes missing, Ethan and Ti-Anna make the wild decision to run away to Hong Kong to find him.

A tense and thrilling adventure, what I appreciated most is that it doesn't rely on silly devices like teen characters with near super-powers or access to fantastic reso
Adventurous, suspenseful, easy read. Not usually a book I'd read but I was pleasantly surprised that it grabbed my attention from the get-go.
Sade Means
This Book Is okay , I didn't enjoy the book as much as Unwind but anyways, it's about a girl name Ti-Anna's. Her family moved to the United States when she was very young because her father was forced to leave China. He is still fighting for a democracy in China, even though he lives in the U.S. Ti-Anna becomes friends with Ethan when she discovers he knows a lot about Chinese history. They form a close friendship, and when Ti-Anna reveals that her father returned to China and they haven't hear ...more
The author and the young woman who is the inspiration for the main character presented a session at the National Book Festival in DC. We attended the presentation which was moving and compelling, mostly because Ti-Anna told her story. The book was a real disappointment. First, it is written as if the author think that teen books should be simplistic and silly. Not true. This book is not well written, the details are thin, the storyline is not believable, the events make the reader roll their eye ...more
Plot far-fetched. Characters great. Just cause. Interesting inspiration.
Ethan and Ti-Anna impulsively travel to HongKong in an attempt to find Ti-Anna’s father, a Chinese dissident, who disappeared recently. They quickly find themselves in over their heads and caught up in a girl smuggling and trafficking operation.
Based on a true story, I appreciated this glimpse of topics that aren’t written about much. The cover looks like a dystopian novel, so if one does not look or read carefully, they will be very surprised about the content of this book. It’s well worth read
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When Ethan got into an argument about Mao Zedong in history class, he set off a chain of events that would make him a new friend, a lot of enemies, and take him halfway around the world. Ti-Anna’s father, a Chinese democracy activist, recently disappeared on a trip to Hong Kong. With barely a plan, Ethan and Ti-Anna risk their lives and freedom to track him down. Inspired by a true story, this thriller will appeal to fans of James Patterson and Anthony Horowitz.

Reviewer #13
This was a quick and easy read. Pretty good too. I dunno. It didn't really leave me with much of an impression one way or the other haha

Although the main characters were really dumb sometimes. But I guess that's how real 15 year olds act, not dystopian, aged-beyond-their-years 15 year olds do, like I'm used to haha
The story had potential, but it was so driven by the research that I couldn't really lose myself in it. I ended up speed-reading the second half just to find out what happened. I did like Ethan's voice and character, and I wish those elements had been allowed to dominate, rather than the information that the author was trying to convey.
Miss Casabona
I really enjoyed reading Ethan's and Ti-Anna's story. This novel is based on a true story, in which a girl's father is lured to China and kidnapped. When the two decide to embark on a journey to track down Ti-Anna's father, the pair have no idea what they are getting themselves into. A fast-paced story full of determination, Nine Days will take readers to the heart of Hong Kong.
I don't have a lot of experience with this genre. I guess it's a YA? Tween novel?

I liked the premise which started with elements of a true story. It was thought-provoking and instigated some interesting discussions on politics, risk-taking and courage. My 12 year old found some of the situations in the novel improbable.
A young boy and girl go to Hong Kong to try to find her father, an exiled Chinese dissident, who has disappeared. This book is loosely based on a real case and the details and dangers the two kids encounter are all the more frightening because of their realism. Recommended for more mature readers.
This is a fiction-based-on fact book in the Young Adult category. It is very readable. I read it in 2 days. It is the story of a young Chinese-American girl and her friend who are trying to find her activist father who went back to China and disappeared. A story of human rights and freedom...
Adam Cullers
This was a phenomenal book. I literally read the whole thing in one sitting, I couldn't bring myself to leave the book because it was so good. There were so many twists and turns within the story, and there was so much culture and just everything was good about this book. I highly recomend it.
Lama  K
This book wasn't my favorit book, but it was a nice quick read. Sometimes durng the book I'd have to sit and re read chapters to understand, it was a but confusing. Although, ut was a decent book over all. I enjoyed the plot line, the purpose of the story, and the truth behind it.
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