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Front Desk by Kelly Yang
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Front Desk (edition 2018)

by Kelly Yang (Author)

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Winner of the Asian / Pacific American Award for Children's Literature! * "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review Mia Tang has a lot of secrets. Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests. Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they've been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed. Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language? It will take all of Mia's courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?… (more)
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Heartwarming story with an endearing main character. Social commentary is interwoven seamlessly and the characters are realistic. I will definitely be picking up the next book in this series. ( )
  Jaleesa_RBTBC | Dec 2, 2022 |
Independent Reading Level: 9-11
Winner of the Asian / Pacific American Award for Children's Literature
  bnmccarty | Nov 24, 2022 |
This is a semi-autobiographical novel about a little Chinese-American girl who is given way too much responsibility at a young age working the front desk in a motel her parents manage. It covers racism and poverty and ends up being quite a lovely little story that I'm glad Kelly Yang managed to live through. ( )
  Citizenjoyce | Sep 22, 2022 |
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher at ALA Midwinter 2018.
  fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
Outstanding immigrant story -- a lot of the pain, but also a lot of hope, and a story that wraps around making your own family, and speaking up for yourself. Based somewhat on the author's life, and full of both poignant and funny moments. You'll be cheering for Mia, all the way through.

Advanced reader's copy provided by Edelweiss ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
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Winner of the Asian / Pacific American Award for Children's Literature! * "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review Mia Tang has a lot of secrets. Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests. Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they've been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed. Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language? It will take all of Mia's courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?

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