Forbidden City

Forbidden City

by William 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440226796
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/28/1996
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 444,826
Product dimensions: 4.31(w) x 6.88(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

William Bell was a Canadian author whose 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 died in 2016.

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Forbidden City 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Vikko2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A truly amazing story, suited for all ages from young adult to adults. This story tells the reader about a Canadian child who is the son of a somewhat famous reporter, who are both soon headed to Beijing. They are met by unbelievable events, and danger as the government becomes unstable.This book holds a lot of meaning, and is completely fabulous in its writing. It has made me understand quite a bit more about war, and what it can do to a city, families, and everyone around. William Bell packs many suspenseful moments, strong tear-jerking, and heartbreaking moments within this amazing historic novel.
cvosshans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
William Bell has done it again with this powerful novel, Forbidden City. The story of the protestors and the military rule come alive as Alex and his dad work to document the events of the Tian An Men Square massacre in 1989. The sharp details of the story, engaging characters and suspensful action put this novel at its best advantage - you almost forget it is a work of fiction. Bell packs a lot into his 274 page novel - it was an easy read but could have easily been longer and equally enjoyable.
carlos40 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a teenager named Alex is going with his father on a journey to China,Beijing. When they get there they go everywhere to see China. Alex makes friends and go around Beijing and see tombs of emperors. After weeks pass they front them self in war. They go around and see the army of china to secure the Beijing. A lot of people died when they were there. Someday Alex went with his friend to the army going around . When his father woke up and saw that Alex wasn't there he went outside and to see if he was there. But he wasn't there. So he went to put on his clothes and went into the city of China. Alex and his friend were lost and under the hands of the army. The army was telling the people of Beijing. Then after days passed Alex went somewhere and they find them self with his father. This book is great. The things that i liked about was that it shows how to not go outside when there is a war. What i didn't like was nothing. Everything in this book is fabulous book. I recommend the children and adults to read this book if you to read adventure or the person who just wants to read for fun.
soccerplayer7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! I recommend it to all ages. It is suspensful, and keeps you on you toes.
Niecierpek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book is about the Tian An Men Square massacre in Beijing in June 1989. Alex, a 17-year old Canadian finds himself there with his father, a reporter for the CBC. The book offers a day-by-day account of what happened, information on Chinese history, culture and language, a basic course on communism, and all that in a fast paced thriller form. Excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is not an accurate protrayal of the events in Beijing at all. I will not say it disappointed me, because I never expected it to amount to much anyway. Hence, poor . . .
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has to be the best I've ever read for school. At the end, i was almost dissapointed that the book was over. Forbidden City gives tons of insight about the Beijing Massacre, and I recomend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This wonderful novel talks about modern world looking at ancient times. This book is great
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great story that portrays the Tian an men aquare massacre very well. it was exciting at times and sad at times but a good read the whole time. This is the only good book I have read for school!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forbidden City is one of the best books I've ever read in my life. I loved the book very much and gave it two thumbs up. I bet if you read it, you'd give it two thumbs up also
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first great book I ever read. That was 4 years ago but this book catapulted my love for reading. I highly recommend this thoroughly interesting novel for readers in grades 7-9.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is set in Beijing during the beijing Massacre. I really felt that it portrayed the event rather well. It was also able to keep me interested from start to finish. It also contained excitement and adventure and suspense. When the main character, Alex gets a chance to go to china with his father, he jumps for the opportunity. However, he ends up not liking it there very much. I would recommend this book to most anybody, because it is easy to read and well written. It is in the Genre of Historical Fiction. This book is based on eyewitness reports, so I imagine that most of the events are accurate. Overall, this book was good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good book that is needed as a piece of history. I had never heard about the horrible events in Tian Man Square but this book really opened my eyes. It's a little slow in the beginning but if you stick with it, you will find that it is an important story that is exciting also. the author, William Bell, is very talented. He wrote the whole book from the perspective of a teen boy and with detail and flare.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is really well written , the last few chapters are i must see it's really tragic and is a must buy book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best I ever read. It is full of action and suspense and there is never a boring moment in the story. Realistic and very well-written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and it is quite exciting up untill the end. Durring the last chapter or so there is a cretian something left to be desired.....Otherwise a great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
William Bell's breath taking story that took place in Tian An Men Square tells about a heart breaking tragedy that you will never forget!
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Dear sufers. This book is a great book for anyone who thinks that life is just happiness. It's way more than just staying at home, having fun. It's about experiences and pain other people in the world are facing at the same time, you are having fun. Please read this if you have a heart. It brought a change in my life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great book! - u must read this. its exiting and i could never put it down. its full of facts and gives a great understanding of a terrible time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was excellent. It gave me a full understanding of what happened, and inspired my research on this for a history project. Although fictional, it proved to be very accurate, and similar to a true account I had read withing my research. This is a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your time on this terrible book. It takes so long to get to the most suspenceful part and even that part is boring! In my opinion and in the opinion of all my colleagues,its BADDDDD!!!!!