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Four starred reviews!

* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets.

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?
Published on June 7, 2018 by Walker Books Australia
ISBN-10: 1760650463
ISBN-13: 9781760650469
17 Book Reviews
  • ilovedanceing1
    ilovedanceing14 months55 stars
    Mia is a little girl that works at here family motel she is poor that why shes working there she moved from china so now she is ingredient and I liked that she was brave and I did not like Mr.Yao.
    • zarkinpants
      zarkinpants5 months55 stars
      For two or three years, Mias's family has moved from place to place and tried to get jobs. Mia's family is Chinese, and they immigrated to America a few years ago. Now, Mia's parents have gotten a new job at the Calvista Motel in California. There, her parents manage the hotel, and Mia helps run the front desk. But there's one problem: the hotel's owner, Mr.Yao, doesn't like black people and takes away money from Mia's parent's paychecks. Also, her mom says to focus on math instead of writing, which Mia prefers. What will happen next? I liked this book because it's both funny and interesting.
      • grayson1
        grayson111 months55 stars
        I think Front Desk by Kelly Yang is a great book. This book is about what its like to be an immigrant and financial problems. I liked that its a mix of good things and bad things. I found when I read it I just wanted keep reading the whole. I also really liked all of the characters. I think its a very interesting book the only bad thing was it can be sad at times.
        • blakeg987
          blakeg98711 months55 starsFeatured
          I read this book in grade 5. Mia, the main character grows up in china and moves to The USA for a "Better life". They don't have very much money and are working way to much. They are working at a motel and the man running it is Not! nice to Mia and her family. Mia goes to her first school in the US and she makes a friend. You really need to read this book.It is an amazing book and it is sadly based after a real story. Race is a horrible thing. The story turns out good for Mia and her family.I like this book because it is different to things that I normally read which is facts and geographics. I recommend this for lots of different readers.
          • williamsn1
            williamsn1about 1 year
            i love this book and it is funny and cute and i like the painting on the front of it and its realistic fiction and the person who made it was kelly yang
            • pandacupcake222
              pandacupcake222over 1 year44 stars
              I think this book is pretty good. I'd recomend it, for people who like realistic fiction and people who are okay with reading about hard times and money struggles. Honestly, it wasn't my favorite, but it was a good book worth reading! :3
              • 171069337
                171069337over 1 year55 stars
                • rileylovesjesus
                  rileylovesjesusalmost 2 years55 stars
                  I love this book it is one of my schools sasquatch books for this year. Also I'm part Japanese but I don't come from their.
                  • mmb
                    mmbalmost 2 years55 stars
                    I love the book my fav char is the girl she is so so so cute If she is japanese that cool cause I a little Japanese.
                    • Bestbookalmost 2 years
                      Thisis a good book