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Bell, William.
FORBIDDEN CITY
New York : Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1996
IL YA
ISBN 0440226791
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In the spring of 1989, university students in China held demonstrations against the government protesting the lack of democracy and extensive corruption in government. Alex Jacksonís father is assigned to cover the demonstrations at Beijing for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a cameraman and asks seventeen-year-old Alex to join him.

At first, everything seems fun. Alex has gotten a bicycle and a map and he is learning his way around Beijing. He has started Chinese classes and though he hasnít got the vowel sounds right; he may just get the hang of it. However, the demonstrations start to turn violent as the Peopleís Army starts to fire upon the university students.

This story is based on the true events surrounding the Tian An Men Square demonstrations that culminated on June 4, 1989.  (Melissa Bowman, Melissa.Bowman@pisd.edu, Armstrong Middle School)

SUBJECTS:     Tiananmen Square Incident, Beijing (China), 1989 -- Fiction.
                        China -- History -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

 
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