Thursday, February 11, 2021

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee - HIGH

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
, 400 pages. Houghton Mifflin, 2020. $18 

Language: R (100+ swears, 22 “f”); Mature Content: PG (allusions); Violence: PG-13 (racial slurs, war deaths) 



14 teenagers formed a wide-ranging group of friends and family in San Francisco in 1941. Then Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan. Now, the only thing that seems to matter is that they are of Japanese descent – the enemy. Rounded up and incarcerated, they try to build new lives for themselves in harsh, unwarranted conditions. Through their eyes we see many different actions, choices, and indignities. 

A great choice for a high school classroom read for American history especially. I appreciate an honest look at the incarceration camps leveled at older teens instead of younger children. Definitely a 9th grade and up book. So well done! 

Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS 

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