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Front Desk (Book #1)

Front Desk (Book #1)

By Kelly Yang


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Four starred reviews and over ten best-of-year lists!

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? Featuring exclusive bonus content!

About the contributor(s)

Kelly Yang is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several books for young readers, including Three KeysRoom to DreamKey Player, and the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature winner Front Desk, which was also chosen as a Best Book of the Year by multiple publications, including NPR, The Washington Post, and the New York Public Library. Kelly's family immigrated to the United States from China when she was a young girl, and she grew up in California, in circumstances very similar to those of Mia Tang. After attending college at the age of 13, she graduated UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She is the founder of The Kelly Yang Project, a leading writing and debating program for children in Asia and the United States. Her writing has been published in South China Morning Post, The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Atlantic

Book details

ISBN: 9781338157826
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Date published:
Page count: 320
Categories: Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration, Juvenile Fiction / Asian American & Pacific Islander, and Juvenile Fiction / Family
Ages: 8 to 12

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