Front Desk tells the story of 10 year old Mia Tang. Every day, Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel while her parents clean the rooms. Shes proud of her job. She loves the guests and treats them like family. When one of the guests gets into trouble with the police, it shakes Mia to her core. Her parents, meanwhile, hide immigrants in the empty rooms at night. If the mean motel owner Mr. Yao finds out, theyll be doomed!Based on the author's life, the story follows Miathe daughter of first generation Chinese immigrants....
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Front Desk Reviews
Five stars really aren’t enough for this book! Front Desk is a beautifully crafted story from the heart. I not only consider this a must buy book but a multiple copy purchase for libraries and classroom libraries. It would be a remarkable read aloud. The well developed characters face real world challenges in a kid friendly way. The potential discussions during and after reading this book make me glad to be a book lover. Front Desk is a treasure which has been graciously shared with us all!
Wow. This book.
It tackles injustices for immigrants, and other communities, and I really admire the way Kelly Yang created that overlap and connection. The story is centered around Mia, a young girl working with her parents' at a motel near Disneyland who discovers that her writing has the power to fight injustice for herself and those around her that she cares about. A true and unflinching yet very hopeful, optimistic story sure to buoy and inspire kid readers.
"We're immigrants...Our lives ar ...more
I finished this cute book on Thursday night and I loved it! Mia Tang is a ten year old Chinese immigrant who lives in a motel with her parents. They run the motel for it’s crooked owner, Mr Yao. Mia runs the front desk and enjoys it.
The good: Mia is such a diligent, smart and kind girl. She has a big heart and is not afraid to do hard work. I enjoyed watching her gain confidence in her writing despite being repeatedly told to stick to math by mother. It was refreshing to read about her friendshi ...more
More than five stars to this incredible semi-autobiographical story of an immigrant family working their hardest to achieve their vision of the American dream. Mia never takes no for an answer as her courage leads the way in fighting for what's fair and kind. This story will stick with me for a long time.
Thanks to the Anderson's Bookshop for sharing a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
This summed up a lot of immigrant experiences for me and I loved Mia’s voice, letters, “edits”, and the fact that she used a dictionary and thesaurus to improve her writing! I loved the writing and the story behind it (about wanting to share the author's experiences with her son). I already have some kids in mind who maybe feel like the “other” in the classroom but just don’t know there’s a Lupe jus ...more
ALL the stars, and easily one of my very favorite books of the year!!!!
FRONT DESK is highly deserving of every positive review. It’s an eye opening book that will warm your heart one minute, and have you shaking your head in frustration the next. I can’t remember the last time I experienced so many emotions, and felt like I really comprehended what it can be like for an immigrant family in America. You definitely need to make time to read this book, and add it to your classroom libraries and d ...more
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. I absolutely loved it. This book was everything that I was expecting it to be and more. I have a lot of books on my to be read pile of probably 400+ books, but within 24 hours of the book arriving in my house, I had read it. That is amazing for a reader like me. So Front Desk is a middle grade book that tackles so many important topics in such a good way. It deals with topics like racism, but not only to Asians, but to Black people as well. The story asks us to question the ...more
This book is so big-hearted and great and just such a good boooook. Mia's such a great character to root for. A must-read. I can't say more, I'm tearing up again just thinking about it.