We are Not Free by Traci Chee

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Historical Fiction 379 p.  NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST, Printz Honor Book Diversity: Asian, PI; Own Voices

This is a narrative of 14 different voices chronicling their experience of being interred after the bombing of Pearl Harbor for being Japanese Americans. They experience comfort in being together, but at times they explode in rage at their unjust treatment. There are historical photographs to match the text.

I enjoyed reading the 14 different characters’ experiences although it was sometimes difficult to keep track of them. The chart of characters in the front of the book was very helpful. This would be a good book to pair in a history class when talking about World War II and Pearl Harbor.

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District Media Specialist for Madison Central School District

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