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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.” 

From New York Times best-selling and acclaimed author Traci Chee comes We Are Not Free, the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei, second-generation Japanese American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass U.S. incarcerations of World War II.

Fourteen teens who have grown up together in Japantown, San Francisco.

Fourteen teens who form a community and a family, as interconnected as they are conflicted.

Fourteen teens whose lives are turned upside down when over 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry are removed from their homes and forced into desolate incarceration camps.

In a world that seems determined to hate them, these young Nisei must rally together as racism and injustice threaten to pull them apart.

©2020 Traci Chee (P)2020 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though it ripped my heart out. Traci Chee does an excellent job bringing the characters off the page and transporting the reader/listener back to the past to experience the sudden upheaval of so many lives. I think this novel really speaks to the strength of the teenager as well as the human spirit. I finished feeling raw and energized at the same time.

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We Are Not Free

Beautiful imagery, powerful narration—I love the interwoven storyline of these teenagers whose lives were forever changed. A necessary read for every white American to understand the and unlearn the prejudice of the “American Dream” we’ve been taught.