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“All around me, my friends are talking, joking, laughing. Outside is the camp, the barbed wire, the guard towers, the city, the country that hates us.

We are not free.

But we are not alone.”

FromNew York Timesbest-selling and acclaimed authorTraci CheecomesWe Are Not Free,the collective account of atight-knit group of youngNisei, second-generation JapaneseAmerican citizens,
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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    Kat Cho
    Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    Truly a beautiful book! I am so emotional right now and I'm definitely going to have to re-read it because there was so much to take in. It really reminds me of the vibe the Outsiders had in how it represents a close-knit friend group (that's more like family).

    A powerful and heartbreaking look into history. We Are Not Free compels us to face the reality that when fear guides us, our humanity suffers.
    Tara Sim
    Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A brilliant and necessary book.
    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    OMG I have always wanted a book centered around this time in American history. I look forward to reading this!
    ♠ TABI ♠
    Oct 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
    I already love this
    Erin Kelly
    Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Incredible.
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    Jan 16, 2020 marked it as might-read
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    * I received a digital ARC of this book (via NetGalley) from its publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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    Debbi Florence
    Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    (I read a galley provided by the publisher.) These interconnected stories told from the POV of the Japanese American young people interned during WWII are a must read. I couldn't put this book down - I cringed, smiled, and sobbed as I followed the characters through their journeys. I fell in love with each and every one of them. I will be buying multiple copies of this book when it releases. Chee is an incredibly gifted author. I loved this book!
    Lauren
    Oct 16, 2019 added it
    An exceptionally powerful book. A must read for 2020.
    Kim
    Traci Chee pulls from extensive research and her own family history to craft an immersive, authentic novel of the forced removal of over 100,000 Japanese-Americans to internment camps during World War II. Chee’s decision to have readers experience the novel through the eyes of 14 friends (most of whom are from the same Japantown neighborhood in San Francisco) could have resulted in a confusing, snarled-up mess. Instead, the unique events that each of these teens experience allow readers to get a ...more
    Yapha
    Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The bombing of Pearl Harbor changed the trajectory of World War II, and the effect it had on the Japanese-American community on the West Coast of the US was incredibly devastating. Ripped from their homes, Japanese-Americans (including US citizens whose only home was here) were stripped of their liberty and freedoms. We Are Not Free follows a group of 14 teenagers from San Francisco and what they and their families endured as they were incarcerated and faced constant indignities and injustices ...more
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    We Are Not Free
    Rating: 3.5/5
    Note:Special thanks to Raincoast Books for providing a copy for review. My thoughts are also posted on the Palmer Library review blog.

    This is an important story and you should read it whether I rated it 5 stars or not.

    To many teenagers, going through high school is difficult enough. Now, imagine living part of your teen/childhood years in detention centres after being forced out of your own home, and not really knowing why people look down on you and harass you
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    Audrey
    Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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    Still timely and relevant, this YA historical fiction, told from 14 different Japanese American teens was both engrossing and riveting. Depicting one of the most shameful periods of our country’s history, based on lies and stoked by racial fear, the story advanced in time, as each teen described what was happening. Starting from the fear after Pearl Harbor, to being forcibly removed from their homes, and incarcerated into detention centers, and fighting for their country or whether to be ...more
    Kim Baccellia
    Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Fourteen friends who grew up together in Japantown, San Francisco find themselves and their families sent off to incarceration during WWII. Each of them have their own stories. Stories that show the pain, racism, and fear they feel being uprooted from their homes. But it's also a story with joy, laughter, and the power of friendship.
    Laura
    Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    An incredible and necessary story - it fills a void for this age group and does so with aplomb. Loved the distinct POVs and tangible sense of place/location.
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    Traci Chee is an author of YA fiction. An all-around word geek, she loves book arts and art books, poetry and paper crafts, though she also dabbles at bonsai gardening, egg painting, and hosting potluck game nights for family and friends. She studied literature and creative writing at UC Santa Cruz and earned a master of arts degree from San Francisco State University. Traci grew up in a small ...more