We Are Not Free

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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.

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  • monica kim

    wow, what a completely stunning and heartbreaking novel about a history we don’t learn enough about. i absolutely adored every page of this and every character. i felt so completely immersed in this...

  • Nenia ?? Socially Awkward Trash Panda ?? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestI was very excited when I learned about WE ARE NOT FREE, not just because of that amazing cover, but because it's written from the perspectiv...

  • Katie B

    I grew up in the 1980s and 1990s and World War 2 was covered extensively in history class every year. And yet, I don't remember any of my teachers talking about the US internment/incarceration camps. ...

  • Kat Cho

    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 re...

  • ? Alex ? (The Scribe Owl)

    6/5 stars because why the heck not, it deserves it.Thanks to Edelweiss for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!This was by far the best standalone, maybe even the best book I’ve read all year. I...

  • Paula M

    "It’s been over three months since the attack on Pearl Harbor, and my oldest brother, Mas, has told me to come straight home from school each day."This novel is a historical fiction that starts thre...

  • Tara Sim

    A brilliant and necessary book....

  • chloe ?

    i received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all opinions below are my own.world war ii is an important part of every history curriculum – we are all taught about the alli...

  • Danika at The Lesbrary

    This is a book about Japanese-American incarceration camps, told in 14 (!) different teen perspectives, from 1942-1945. 14 different perspectives sounds overwhelming, but they're all in the same loose...

  • Emily

    This might now be my favorite book of the year. I'm going to have to read everything written by Traci Chee.This YA novel is about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The story...