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Tiger Reads 2021

We Are Not Free
It is with much excitement that South Pasadena High School announces our book selection for Summer Reading 2021. After hours of reading and considering the stacks of nominated books the committee has selected We Are Not Free by Traci Chee.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, fourteen Japanese-American teens find their lives irrevocably changed.

Registration. Curfew. Eviction. Incarceration. As World War II roars on around them, these teens must ask themselves what it means to be free Americans when their own country has imprisoned them.

14 TEENS who have grown up together in Japantown, San Francisco.

14 TEENS who form a community and a family, as interconnected as they are conflicted.

14 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, they must rally together as racism and injustice threaten to pull them apart.
New York Times best seller, Printz Honor Book, Walter Award Honoree, and National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature.
Each student will be provided a book before the end of the school year. We encourage them to take some time out of their summer to enjoy this engaging read. When school resumes in August teachers are encouraged to incorporate the many themes and messages Traci Chee has shared (voice, activism, identity, and social change). Students should expect to have an assignment or two attached to this reading.
If you have any questions about our summer reading program, please feel free to contact Shelee Wilkerson, the SPHS Librarian at [email protected].
Sit back, relax, and enjoy your summer reading!!!!
Don't forget South Pasadena Public Library offers a teen reading program. Why not join the fun.
Need suggestions? Check out one of these websites.
Need a book? Don't forget the library will be open during summer school.