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. Shes 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. If the mean motel owner Mr. Yao finds out, theyll be doomed!Based on the author's life, the story follows Miathe daughter of first generation Chinese immigrants....
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Front Desk Reviews
Absolutely LOVED this book!
Ten year old Mia and her parents are Chinese immigrants who have been hired to manage a motel in California. Mia’s a kind and hard-working kid who wants to help her family and friends any way she can. The story tells of Mia’s experiences as an immigrant child while helping her parents by running the motel’s front desk.
With lessons on courage, determination, and what it means to be part of a community, this book will be a great addition to my middle grade classroom libr ...more
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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 glimpse into the life of many Chinese immigrants in the US in the 1980s and early 1990s, as detailed in the author's note. The book draws heavily on the childhood experiences of the author, making the story even more ...more
Loosely autobiographical--the author herself lived with her parents in the motel they ran, for very little money, in the mid-90s when this novel is set. (There is a timeless feel--kids will still identify with having to wear strange flowered pants from Goodwill instead of jeans.) I love the tension between Mia's pride in her work and her wish that she had a more "normal" American childhood, with a dog and a house and no one's bed in the living room. Emphasizes the diversity among "Asians"--her c ...more
Five stars really aren’t enough for this book! Front Desk is a beautifully crafted story from the heart. I not only consider this a must buy book but a multiple copy purchase for libraries and classroom libraries. It would be a remarkable read aloud. The well developed characters face real world challenges in a kid friendly way. The potential discussions during and after reading this book make me glad to be a book lover. Front Desk is a treasure which has been graciously shared with us all!
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.
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.
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 me for a long time.
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.