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Crookston Public Library Y CHE (Text) 33500013313341 New Available -
Detroit Lakes Public Library Y CHE (Text) 33500013313333 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780358131434
  • ISBN: 035813143X
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2020]

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Summary, etc.:
For fourteen-year-old budding artist Minoru Ito, her two brothers, her friends, and the other members of the Japanese-American community in southern California, the three months since Pearl Harbor was attacked have become a waking nightmare: attacked, spat on, and abused with no way to retaliate--and now things are about to get worse, their lives forever changed by the mass incarcerations in the relocation camps.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 12 and up. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Grades 7-9. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 April #1
    *Starred Review* Chee is a master storyteller, as the Reader trilogy aptly demonstrates. Here, she uses her own San Francisco–based Japanese American family's history to inform a blazing and timely indictment of the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. Her passion and personal involvement combine with her storytelling talents to create a remarkable and deeply moving account of the incarceration. The interconnected stories of 14 very different teenage individuals beautifully demonstrate the disintegration of family life in the camps, a phenomenon often addressed in nonfiction accounts but not so well depicted in fiction—until now. In a culture where the influence of parents and grandparents was all-important, life behind barbed wire destroyed that dynamic, with peer influence and friendships taking precedence. It's as if S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders met Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston's Farewell to Manzanar. Despite the large cast, Chee's clear chapter headings, vivid characterizations, and lively portrayals of very diverse characters enable readers to easily identify the nonstereotyped teens. Chee also incorporates many different media types: telegrams, newspapers, postcards, drawings, and maps all help to drive and deepen the story. A short but excellent bibliography and thoughtful author's notes round out what should become required curriculum reading on a shameful and relevant chapter in U.S. history. Grades 8-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Traci Chee is a New York Times bestselling author of the YA fantasy trilogy- The Reader, The Speaker, and The Storyteller which were shortlisted and nominated for multiple awards and accolades. In We Are Not Free, Chee changes gears, pulling from her own family history in this stunning and evocative novel, one that resonates so deeply against today's tumultuous political backdrop.  Visit her at, on Twitter @tracichee and on Facebook and Instagram @TraciCheeAuthor.

Subject: Japanese Americans > Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 > Juvenile fiction.
Japanese American families > Juvenile fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > Concentration camps > United States > Juvenile fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > Japanese Americans > Juvenile fiction.
Concentration camps > United States > Juvenile fiction.
Prejudices > Juvenile fiction.
California > History > 20th century > Juvenile fiction.
Japanese Americans > Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 > Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > United States > Fiction.
Prejudices > Fiction.
California > History > 20th century > Fiction.
Concentration camps.
Japanese American families.
Japanese Americans.
United States.
Genre: Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Juvenile works.
Historical fiction.

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