Clarion Books We Are Not Free
Clarion Books We Are Not Free

We Are Not Free

By Traci Chee


Publication Date: March 1, 2022

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Ages 12 And Up, Grades 6 And Up


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.

About the Author

Traci Chee is the New York Times best-selling author of the YA fantasy trilogy The Reader which was 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.

Format: Paperback

Length: 400 pages

Publisher: Clarion Books

Publication Date: March 1, 2022

ISBN: 9780358668107

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