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Front Desk

Front Desk

eBook - 2018
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Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers, and other recent immigrants--not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao's son, Jason.
Publisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Inc., 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781338157802
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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"Inside Out and Back Again" meets "Millicent Min, Girl Genius" in Front Desk, a timely, hopeful middle-grade novel with a contemporary Chinese twist. This heart-opening novel takes inspiration from the author’s life story, as her family immigrated to the United States from Chi... Read More »

Fifth-grader Mia has an audacious plan to buy a motel, and with the support of her immigrant community, she just might pull it off.

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets. Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. Number 3: She wants to be a writer. It will take all of Mia's courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. available in Overdrive and Axis360.

Mia Tang's immigrant parents work tirelessly to run a motel, but, oh, how things would change, if they could own it themselves.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Jun 04, 2021

Great #OwnVoice story.

May 06, 2021

This book is amazing. It almost made me cry... Even as Mia and her family pass through challenge after challenge, they stayed strong- and their love for each other suprised me.

Apr 25, 2021

Imagine having to run the front desk at a motel. Imagine going to a school where everyone seems so much more trendy and cooler than you. This is Mia’s life. Her parents work for a wealthier, and less kind Chinese man who treats Mia’s parents (who are also Chinese) with indifference and condescension. Yang shares some of her personal experiences through Mia’s experiences: Yang, too, lived a life similar to Mia’s. Mia finally makes a friend and starts to work things out, but can she challenge the stability that the status quo has brought her? Find out whether Mia can accomplish her dreams and make her front desk one of the best!

Mar 24, 2021

Excellent story on the plight of Chinese Immigrants to America . A real eye opener and done in a very tasteful and " having lived it " experiences of the Author Kelly Yang . Would recommend this book not only for the youth but for adults also .

Feb 17, 2021

A great show of the struggles that immigrants go through every day

ArapahoeJulieH Oct 17, 2020

Mia is a 10-year-old Chinese immigrant who moved to California with her parents. After a series of dead-end employment situations, the family lands a job managing the Calivista motel owned by the unscrupulous and insensitive Mr. Yao. When not attending school, Mia manages the front desk and creates a community of friends with the weekly residents. This junior novel covers array of timely topics....immigration, class, culture, race, and the importance of family, friendship, community and... holding fast to your dreams. There are unfair incidents of bigotry suffered by a weekly resident of color and how Mia comes to his defens with compassion, grace, and confidence. Many of the stories and incidents in the book mirror the life of the author who ran the front desk in the motel where her parents worked.
There is much that young readers will take away from Mia's story!

Sep 04, 2020

Amazing. I couldn't put this book down.👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Sep 04, 2020

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! Good for 10 year old kids to understand racism.

JCLEmilyD Jun 30, 2020

It covers lots of social issues (too many in my opinion) at a shallow level of discussion. This is a wannabe memoir that doesn't have a cohesive plot. I wish the author would pick one or two plot points and flushed them out, perhaps creating a squeal or series with the other plots.

JCLEmmaF Jun 22, 2020

This book is about a 10 year old learning about language, agency, and social justice. While this book is good, and I appreciate that it comes from Yang's life, it is so packed too full to the point it's unbelievable, and perhaps overwhelming for a kid reader.

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