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 only have nine days. Although the characters in the novel are fictionalized, they are based on a real Chinese family who were part of the Chinese Democracy Movement and inspired this story.
"Few mysteries combine cultural diversity, politics and physical danger with a lighthearted friendship. This engaging mix will have great appeal." "Kirkus Reviews
"A captivating thriller grounded in real-world problems." "Publishers Weekly
"A rollicking and fast-paced young adult adventure novel." "South China Morning Post
"Hiatt...offers middle-school-aged readers an appealing mix of action and friendship, with lessons about world events and human rights woven throughout." "Washington Post Book World
A compelling, teen-centric political thriller . . . inspired by actual events. "BooklistOnline.com
"A NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Hiatt is a journalist at The Washington Post.
“Few mysteries combine cultural diversity, politics and physical danger with a lighthearted friendship. This engaging mix will have great appeal.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A captivating thriller grounded in real-world problems.” —Publishers Weekly
“A rollicking and fast-paced young adult adventure novel.” —South China Morning Post
“A compelling, teen-centric political thriller . . . inspired by actual events.”—BooklistOnline.com