Forbidden City

Mass Market Paperback | March 26, 1999

byWilliam Bell

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Seventeen-year-old Alex Jackson comes home from school to find that his father, a CBC news cameraman, wants to take him to China's capital, Beijing.  Once there, Alex finds himself on his own in Tian An Men Square as desperate students fight the Chinese army for their freedom.  Separated from his father and carrying illegal videotapes, Alex must trust the students to help him escape.

Closely based on eyewitness accounts of the massacre in Beijing, Forbidden City is a powerful and frightening story.

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Seventeen-year-old Alex Jackson comes home from school to find that his father, a CBC news cameraman, wants to take him to China's capital, Beijing.  Once there, Alex finds himself on his own in Tian An Men Square as desperate students fight the Chinese army for their freedom.  Separated from his father and carrying illegal videotapes,...

William Bell’s young adult novels have been translated into nine languages and have won a number of awards, among them the Manitoba Readers’ Choice Award, the Mr. Christie’s Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, and the Canadian Librarians’ Association Award. He lives in Orillia, Ontario, with author Ting-xing Ye.From the Trade Paperback edi...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.9 × 4.2 × 0.6 inPublished:March 26, 1999Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0770428134

ISBN - 13:9780770428136

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Customer Reviews of Forbidden City


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good I read this book as a novel study for my class. It was a very interesting piece of historical fiction that captured the essence of the massacre in Tian An Men Square. The beginning was a little bit slow but nearing the end it became better. I enjoyed this book although it was very sad. I recommend it to any teen looking for a great read and a little history along the way!
Date published: 2013-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating!!!!! I read this book for a novel study at school and it was amazing. After I started I couldn't put it down!!!
Date published: 2008-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh my Goodness! This was one of the most amazing books I've ever read. I felt like I was seeing through the lens' that Alex and Ted were seeing through. So much happening. A few entries in it was like I was sucked into this vortex and couldn't stop reading. The book was practically glued to my hands. It made me think of all the things happening around the world, and that there was life outside of this half of the world and their problems. Comming from me, this means alot because I hardly find intrest in books that don't involve some type of mythical being. It was amazing. Took my breath away. I could feel every pain Alex did. I acctually couldn't feel my hand for a good half and hour after I read one part. I got shivers, shed tears, and went through every emotion possible while reading this. By the way, if you read this expecting a summary of the novel, think again. Nope, this story was so good that you should read it for yourself. And I promise you will not be sorry.
Date published: 2007-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I first read this book in grade nine for a year end project and absolutely loved it. The plot is incredible, and although a little slow in the beginning, it picks up quite nicely. Besides, if the plot weren't intially slow, the characters wouldn't have been nearly as nicely developed as they are. Beyond the plot, this book is a favourite of mine, because of the human rights issue it sheads light on. In all, I'd recomend this book to all as it tells a fantasic story that, even fours years later, I still love.
Date published: 2005-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was amazing to read. Full of excitment and suspence. Truly one of the best books I have ever read in my life. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Date published: 2003-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting.... This book is quite interesting once you get right into it. At the beginning, things might be a little boring and it might seem as if nothing is happening, but the fun all starts when Alexander Jackson is invited with his father to Beijing. There are a fairly amount of excitement and suspense in this book, mainly about people getting killed in Tian Men Square, people losing their children, familys giving up each other, et cetera. Overall, it is a great book that describes well of what happened in Tian Men Square long ago, in a few hundred of pages.
Date published: 2003-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a real page turner This book has got to be the best out of the other novel studies I had read. It's a real page turner as well as a tear jerker. But I won't let that part spoil you. You need to read it yourself.
Date published: 2002-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book This book is one of the best books I've ever read! You seriously will have NO luck putting it down. The first couple of chapters may not be that good but if you keep on reading the story gets very interesting!
Date published: 2002-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best novel study book I've read! I thought the book was a really good read. When I read the back, it seemed really cheasy and I thought Great, another bad book . A couple chapters in, I foud out it was an amazing book. I could not put it down. My friends thought I was crazy, but it's a really exciting book. Bell did a great job!
Date published: 2002-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing story book wow!!!!! When i frist started to read this book i asked my self if it was going to get any better and on the next page the story was improving! this book was a thrill seeker and I would recommened it to anybody who loves to read. also good luck trying to put this book down it is really hard to do!
Date published: 2001-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terror Street This is a wonderful, and wet as water book. I first geard this book,in class, for novel study. It was such an inspiration, and braveness and spirit, I had no choice, but to give it one full mark. It's about a boy, named Alex, who journys to China, as a reporter to find out about the Student Revolt. Soon, he is in great danger, army men are allover the place, and he must find his father, before something horrible happens to him. He is being helped by many new friends, but many people had to die. This is a really sad story, but a very worthwhile read!!!
Date published: 2001-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bell is a pure 100% the best author!!!!!! Bell is so Great that I went on and read the rest of the books published. My favourite on was "Forbidden City" so I did a Review on it. Keep on Writing Mr.Bell!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2000-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book!!!!!!!!!!! I first read this book in my school library. It was a really good book!! But in a way it is sad since some of the characters die. But I reccommend this book to anybody and it is even worth buying it because now I bought the book from Chapters.
Date published: 2000-04-10