Front Desk

by Kelly Yang
Short Summary
Mia is determined to follow her dream of being a writer. But first she’ll have to sort out life at Calivista Motel, where it’s her job to keep secrets—lots of secrets!

Good For:
Snappy Dialogue, Feisty One-of-a-Kind Narrator, Following Your Dream, Modeling Self-Empowerment and Courage of Conviction

Topics and Themes:
Hotels, Illegal Immigrants, Family, Poverty, Racism, Bullying, Courage, Kindness, Protecting Others, Becoming a Writer
Some mature content.

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There are things ten-year-old Mia Tang knows that she can’t tell anyone.

Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house like some of her friends. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, 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 that her parents have 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 dare to dream of being an author 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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Product Details

    • Grades: 4 - 7
    • Ages: 9 - 12
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-54164-9