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   Forbidden City is a tale of a fourteen year old boy Alex Jackson, who accompanied with his news reporter father visits China in the year 1989.
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   Alex is a diligint student of military history, particulary Chinese history and he is fascinated by what he sees around him. All is going well, until university students of the Asian nation decide to protest againts government corruption, therefore resulting in demonstartions, which are not exactly meant to please the government.
   The Chinese government is not happy with what they are seeing, therefore in a crude act of dishonour towards their country, they send out thousands of troops to execute the demonstrators, however, this also results in the death of thousands of other innocent people not involved in any way. Alex's father who has the executions on tape tries to send them to Canada, however, the attempt is not one which is sucsessful.
   Eventually Alex is separated from his father and is caught between a civil war. Can he smuggle the tapes back to Canada to expose the cruel acts of the executions, or will he end up in a pile of bodies along with other innocents?

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   surviving repressive dictatorship Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Canadian (Aboot!)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   China City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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