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Abe Lincoln Teen Choice Book Award 2023: We Are Not Free
Learn about the nominees for the 2023 Abe Lincoln Teen Choice Book Award
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.
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When a girl who's never longed for adventure is hit with a curse that begins to transform her into a demon, she embarks on a quest to reverse the curse and return to her normal life, but along the way is forced to confront her true power within.
Teens Haruko, a Japanese American, and Margot, a German American, form a life-changing friendship as everything around them starts falling apart in the Crystal City family internment camp during World War II.
Forced into an internment camp at the start of World War II, eighteen-year-old Yuki enlists in the Army to fight for the Allies as a member of the "Four-Four-Two," a segregated Japanese American regiment.
Seventeen-year-old Kettle, an orphaned Japanese American who has had his share of adversity due to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, feels like his life is getting better as he secures a job and finds a place among a group of boys living in an abandoned subway tunnel. But, things get complicated when he meets Nora, the eighteen-year-old privileged daughter of an abusive civil rights lawyer who is working on a compensation case for the interned people.
Actor, author, and activist George Takei recounts his childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps for Japanese Americans during World War II and the impact the experience had on his later life.