***2021 Michael L. Printz Honor Book (for Young Adult Literature)***
Pearl Harbor has been bombed. First generation Japanese immigrants like Minoru’s mother are now “enemy aliens”. As life gets increasingly tense in San Francisco’s Japantown, Chinese Americans pin I Am Chinese badges to their lapels to avoid being attacked in the street. We Are Not Free is the collective account of a group of 14 young nisei – second generation Japanese Americans – whose lives are changed forever when they are incarcerated in internment camps, despite being US citizens. These teenagers have grown up together as a community. In the camp they are not free, but they are not alone.
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