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Nine Days

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  181 Ratings  ·  52 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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Annette
Apr 04, 2013 Annette rated it liked it
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
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Lou Levy
Apr 13, 2013 Lou Levy rated it it was amazing
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.
Hannah
Oct 24, 2013 Hannah rated it really liked it
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.
Benjamin Chavez
Dec 03, 2016 Benjamin Chavez rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book was literally made out of mystery and plot twists. The way the story described what was going on was great. They used a little bit of foreshadowing but most of the story was a mystery. As you read on the the story becomes more and more suspenseful. The main characters travel to far places but run into some problems. This drew me in and made me want to finish the book to see what would happen in the end. Overall the book was amazing and I would read it again.
Richie Partington
May 04, 2013 Richie Partington rated it it was amazing
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
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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
Ashley Granger
May 06, 2013 Ashley Granger rated it liked it
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
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Lyn
May 19, 2013 Lyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-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
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Ms. Yingling
Feb 24, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
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
Jason
Apr 13, 2013 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, novel, youth, crime
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
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Jennifer
Nov 25, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Ethan and Ti-Anna have become good friends during their sophomore year in high school. They share their lunches and feel comfortable with each other. Ti-Anna reveals to Ethan that her father is a Chinese activist who has gone missing during a recent trip to Hong Kong. Ethan and Ti-Anna decide to give themselves about a week to find him and bring him back.

Definitely an outlandish premise (two teens traveling across the world to save a political figure), Hiatt does a great job in describing the As
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Janie Chodosh
Oct 08, 2014 Janie Chodosh rated it liked it
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
Beccie
May 20, 2013 Beccie rated it liked it
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
Kita
Sep 23, 2013 Kita rated it liked it
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
CJ
Sep 06, 2016 CJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nine days is a action/adventure mystery with a dash of a thriller. It is about 2 teenagers named Ti Anna Chen and Ethan Wynkoop who try to find Ti Anna's missing father in the bustling streets of Hong Kong during this adventure they make many friends and many eniemes who help and slow them down along the way as they solve this mystery. I really enjoyed this book even though I don't like reading it's a fast moving plot that I could barely tear myself away from this one. I liked how it gave a sens ...more
Dani
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
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Betsy
Dec 22, 2013 Betsy rated it it was ok
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
Anne
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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Sade Means
Nov 05, 2013 Sade Means rated it really liked it
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
Sonja
Sep 22, 2013 Sonja rated it it was amazing
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
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Great Books
May 02, 2013 Great Books rated it really liked it
Shelves: ages-12-14
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
star_fire13
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
Mrs. Luettchau
Sep 20, 2013 Mrs. Luettchau rated it really liked it
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.
Jeri
Sep 08, 2013 Jeri rated it really liked it
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.
Riley
Jul 15, 2014 Riley rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, asian, 2014
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.
Rusty
Mar 05, 2015 Rusty rated it really liked it
This is an excellent read with two teenagers hoping to locate and possibly rescue the girl's father who has disappeared in China. The book is fast paced and well written. It depicts the political difficulty the two encounter as they encounter individual after individual who seems to want to help them.
Anna
Jul 29, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it
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
Jun 03, 2013 Adam Cullers rated it it was amazing
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.
Mary
Jul 04, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
What a good book to read on the Fourth of July to show how lucky Americans are with our taken for granted freedoms. I think this is a great book for teens to read to open their eyes to serious issues in less fortunate countries. A good read for teens interested inforeign relations.
Melissa
Jun 10, 2013 Melissa rated it liked it
It was just ok - would have gone 2.5 stars actually if GR would finally put a half star rating in place. I think with the subject matter the writer could have taken more risks and written it toward a HS aged YA audience.
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