Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9781338157796 Hardcover
304 Pages | 5.79" x 8.53" | Ages 8 to 12
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9781338157802 Ebook
304 Pages | Ages 8 to 12
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?
Raves & reviews:
Praise for Front Desk
*“ A swiftly moving plot and a winsome protagonist make this a first purchase for any collection…” – School Library Journal, starred review
*“ Debut author Yang weaves in autobiographical content while creating a feisty and empowered heroine”.– Kirkus, starred review
*“… there is much satisfaction in this book’s powerful and heart-wrenching close.”– The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
*“ Deserving of shelf space in every classroom and library.”– Booklist, starred review