9781338157796

Front Desk

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  • ISBN13:

    9781338157796

  • ISBN10:

    1338157795

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-05-29
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

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Summary

Four starred reviews!

* "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?

Author Biography

Kelly Yang’s family immigrated from China when she was a young girl, and she grew up in California, in circumstances very similar to those of Mia Tang. She eventually got out of the motels and went to college at the age of 13. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She was one of the youngest women to graduate from Harvard Law School. Upon graduation, she gave up law to pursue her dream of writing and teaching kids writing. She is the founder of The Kelly Yang Project, a leading writing and debating program for children in Asia and the United States. She is also a columnist for The South China Morning Post and has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, the Atlantic, and CNN.com. Kelly is the mother of three children and splits her time between Hong Kong and San Francisco. Please find her online at:

www.kellyyang.com

Twitter: @kellyyanghk

Youtube: www.youtube.com/kellyyangproject

Instagram: kellyyanghk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kellyyangproject

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