Front Desk

Front Desk

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. She?s 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. Front Desk tells the story of 10-year-old Mia Tang. Every day, Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel while ...

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Title:Front Desk
Author:Kelly Yang
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Genres:Childrens
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:286 pages pages

Front Desk Reviews

  • Abby Johnson
    May 01, 2018
    An engaging story with a protagonist that kids will love to root for and also an important story about immigration experiences in this country told in a really kid-friendly way. Hand this to every tween you know. ...
  • Laura Gardner
    Apr 02, 2018
    5/5 for FRONT DESK by @kellyyanghk; thanks to @scholasticbooks for the ARC to review...all opinions are my own. I'll be sharing this with @theloudlibrarylady and @kidlitexchange next! _*_*_*_*_* Mia Tang is a recent immigrant to the United States from China in the 1980s. Her parents ...
  • Mary Lee
    Jun 05, 2018
    An insider's story of the challenges of immigration, language learning, poverty. This book doesn't flinch away from racism, classism, gender bias or bullying. Mia, the main character, is full of spunk and perseverance. In a hundred small ways (and a few big ones) she changes lives with...
  • Kelly
    Jun 11, 2018
    Mia's family immigrated from China, and finding a job has been tough for her parents. But when the opportunity arises that allows them to live at a motel in exchange for their work (and a small salary on top of that), they take it. Mia is, of course, also recruited for covering shifts ...
  • Donalyn
    Apr 08, 2018
    Much deeper and complex than the playful cover indicates. A wonderful story about immigrants, poverty, and family. ...
  • Sarah
    Jan 19, 2018
    A semi-autobiographical account of a bright young girl and her hard-working parents attempting to make a life for themselves in Southern California after leaving their home in China. Hindered to some degree by the language barrier and, more so by naivety, head-strong Mia Tang's parents...
  • Amanda Rawson Hill
    Jun 17, 2018
    This book is so good and one that everyone should read. Kids and adults alike. ...
  • Karen Witzler
    Sep 03, 2018
    Grades 4 -6 - Front Desk is written from the perspective of Mia Tang, who along with her parents runs the Calivista Motel. Mia is 10(?) years old and she and her parents have just arrived in California from China. This book provides a window into the lives of immigrants who may live in...
  • Jen Petro-Roy
    Oct 28, 2017
    Absolutely spectacular. This is a must-read and such a vivid window into the life of new immigrants and those struggling with money. I love the voice in this one, and the supporting characters are so great. ...
  • Laura Harrison
    Jul 05, 2018
    Disregard the cute but fluff cover art. This is a serious Newbery contender for 2019. Better yet, children will love it! ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Mar 04, 2018
    ARC provided by the publisher It's the early 1990s, and Mia and her parents have moved to California from China in search of more freedom and opportunities. Unfortunately, they are not able to get the same sort of professional jobs they had in China, and work at a Chinese restau...
  • Tracy
    Apr 14, 2018
    Thanks to the Kid Lit Exchange for sharing a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. FRONT DESK is loosely based on author Kelly Yang?s life experience, as explained in an author?s note at the end of the book. Her straightforward writing makes this book perfect for...
  • Denise
    Mar 04, 2018
    Oh my lord! This book was perhaps one of my favorites that I've read in a long time. Mia's story of being a Chinese immigrant and the struggle of getting your feet on the ground was so beautifully told. Mia, Lupe, and the Weeklies captured my heart and I loved Mia's bravery and abili...
  • Jillian Heise
    May 25, 2018
    So full of heart and love. With messages of acceptance and perseverance and community, this is a story that is so needed today. This middle grade is a must-add to classroom and school libraries. ...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Sep 17, 2018
    Reading this book reminded me of the vast difference between the way kids and adults read. For me, FRONT DESK was lovely and important but also harrowing. I was really anxious about all the difficult things Mia and her family go through, because there really are a lot of them. Mia is s...
  • Barb
    Apr 29, 2018
    I loved this book about a strong girl who immigrated from China with her family to California. She faces racism and cruelty but powers through with kindness and her gift of writing. ...
  • Melanie
    Jul 21, 2018
    I first heard about this middle grade debut many months ago, and FRONT DESK has remained on my radar since then thanks to incredible reviews and word of mouth, all of which are solidly earned by the novel. I was invested in Mia's story from page one. I couldn't wait to find out what wo...
  • Danielle
    Jun 01, 2018
    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 writin...
  • Fafa's Book Corner
    Jul 13, 2018
    Mini review: GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Diversify Yourself. Trigger warning: Racism, a break-in (wherein a character gets injured), and bullying. I heard about Front Desk through Twitter. The cover caught my attention as did the synopsis. I'm happy to say that I enj...
  • Adriana
    Jul 18, 2018
    AN INCREDIBLY BRILLIANT TOUR DE FORCE WITH SO MUCH HEART AND SO MUCH TO SAY. READ IT ?????? ...
  • Kathie
    Jun 10, 2018
    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 t...
  • Kim Bahr
    Aug 04, 2018
    This book definitely makes you think about how we treat others based off of what we see and how to go after what you want. ...
  • Neha Thakkar
    May 17, 2018
    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 lo...
  • Kate Olson
    Apr 08, 2018
    Thanks to @kidlitexchange for this review copy ~ all opinions are my own! Hands-down one of my favorite middle grade titles of 2018, FRONT DESK is a spectacular and accessible glimpse into the life a 5th grade girl named Mia who lives in a motel that her parents manage. It is also a...
  • Lola
    Aug 29, 2018
    Anyone who looks at the cover will think that it hides a light?but perhaps still meaningful?story. It does not let on that the reader will be outraged at many of the characters and situations hidden inside. Mia Tang?s family members are courageous and strong people, but they a...
  • Afoma Umesi
    May 03, 2018
    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 k...
  • CW (new book blog coming soon! ✨)
    Jun 17, 2018
    Front Desk is a book that means a lot to me. More importantly, I believe that Front Desk will be a book that will mean a lot to others - immigrants of all ages, children, adults, parents. - The story is so full of heart. It's full of empathy, compassion, and the goodness of peopl...
  • Lou (BooksAreAWayOfLife)
    Jun 04, 2018
    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. S...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    Jul 06, 2018
    I stayed up way too late to finish this book but I have no regrets because I loved it so, so much ...
  • John Chew
    Jan 25, 2018
    This debut novel by writer Kelly Yang is an engrossing, and highly readable novel about a young girl working and living through difficult situations will resonant with immigrants, and in particular immigrants to the United States from China. The story of a young, spunky, and intelligen...