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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
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  • isabellagamerab
    isabellagamerabSunday, August 11, 2019 at 5:17 pm44 stars
    I love this book its the best i think its a rate 4/5 becouse its kinda boring at the same time as good!
    • applemango
      applemangoSaturday, August 10, 2019 at 3:34 am55 starsFeatured
      This is a heartwarming and magical book. It can change the way you view things. Mila Tang has immigrated from China with her Mom and Dad. They were living in extremely hard conditions when they happened to see jobs for a motel with free rent! Mr. Yao, he seemed friendly at first however as the days went on he revealed his cold self to Mila and her family. Starting first that he would not give money for cleaning the weeklies's rooms, though he never mentioned about it. All he said was 5 dollars for each room. However the Tangs have no choice but to work there. Mila attends the front desk, where scary things happen, she accidentally let's in a drunk guest and she gets hurt, mostly on the inside. Also the Tangs are hiding immigrants in a room and if that's discovered they are doomed. Mila finds out that Jason likes her and in the end learns that he is not that bad. Mila also has a best friend Lupe and she is from mexico. She gives Mila hope and friendship and is a true loyal friend. First they have a friendship made of lies then both realize that both of them have been telling lies! So, they confess and a true heart of friendship is born! On this rollar coaster are they going to survive the twists and turns? Or are they going to get drowned? This is a must read book for sure, awesome!!!!!!!
      • kgbradshaw
        kgbradshawFriday, May 24, 2019 at 5:15 am44 stars
        This book is different than many other manuscripts. It tells the story of Mia, a Chinese immigrant who's parents own a motel in California. The owner, Mr. Yao, is a jerk to everyone. So Mia figures out that Mr, Yao is planning to sell the motel, so she decides to collect $300,000 to buy the motel. I recommend this book for 8+ years.