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. ...
  • Renata
    Jun 18, 2018
    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. ...
  • 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...
  • Cindy
    May 17, 2018
    This book was phenomenal?completely worth the buzz it's getting! Kelly Yang writes with such engaging prose, managing to take incredibly difficult topics and turn them into something positive and even laugh-out-loud funny. Mia is a spunky, heartfelt heroine who you can't help rooting...
  • Amanda Rawson Hill
    Jun 17, 2018
    This book is so good and one that everyone should read. Kids and adults alike. ...
  • Laurie
    May 19, 2018
    Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 5.3 Imagine that you go to a new country to better yourself and your family. Now, imagine that when you get there everything you have heard is false and things are much worse. This is what happened to 10-year-old Mia and her family. Mia's parents ...
  • Debbi Florence
    Apr 29, 2018
    This story broke my heart and put the pieces back together again. An amazing and touching book! I rooted for Mia the entire time! ...
  • 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. Get it, already! ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 to come ? Mini review to come ?? ...more ...
  • Christina
    Jul 13, 2018
    Wonderful!!!! (with 4 exclamation points) ;) Will have to write a more detailed review soon. ...
  • 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...
  • Aliza Werner
    Jun 14, 2018
    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...
  • 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...
  • 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 (Read Think Ponder)
    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...