The Resource Front desk, Kelly Yang

Front desk, Kelly Yang

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Front desk
Title
Front desk
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Kelly Yang
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eng
Summary
Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants--not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao's son, Jason
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Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2019
  • Asian Pacific American Asian Pacific American Award for Literature: Children’s Literature, 2020.
  • Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Maryland), Grades 4-6, 2019.
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2018.
  • Great Lakes Great Books Award (Michigan), Grades 6-8, 2019.
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award, Junior Books category, 2020.
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2018.
  • Sequoyah Book Awards (Oklahoma), Intermediate Books, 2020.
Review
  • Grades 4-7 /* Starred Review */ Set in the early 1990s in Anaheim, California, this earnest debut is partially inspired by the author’s childhood. When Mia Tang’s parents find a new job managing the Calivista motel, it seems like the answer to their prayers: free housing and a stable, secure job, neither of which have come easy to the recent Chinese immigrants. Fifth-grader Mia takes pride in working the front desk and becomes fast friends with the weeklies, for whom the motel is a semipermanent residence. But the motel’s owner, Mr. Yao, is beyond mean—he’s flat out racist—so Mia enters a writing contest to win their very own motel. It’s the details that sing in this novel, particularly the small moments that feel like everything when you’re a kid: winning (or not) the beloved classroom object, having your prized possession stolen, or being hurt by a parent’s words. When Mia’s mother says, “You’re a bicycle and the other kids are cars,” meaning Mia’s English will never be as good as a native speaker’s, it’s a crushing and lingering blow, especially for a budding writer. This book will help foster empathy for the immigrant experience for young readers, while for immigrant children, it is a much-needed and validating mirror. Though some of the events toward the end may stretch believability in an otherwise realistic novel, there is plenty to appreciate and admire. Deserving of shelf space in every classroom and library. -- Barnes, Jennifer (Reviewed 4/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 16, p60)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 4–6—Mia Tang and her parents expected to work hard when they came to the United States, but they had no idea how difficult things would be. After a year or two struggling to make ends meet, they find themselves managing a motel for a cruel and exploitive owner. The work is exhausting and the problems are many, but the Tangs approach their new responsibility with determination, creativity, and compassion, making friends everywhere and sheltering a trickle of immigrants in worse straits than themselves. Ten-year-old Mia takes over the front desk, and makes it her own, while dreaming of a future as a writer. Based on Yang's own experiences as a new immigrant in the 1980s and 1990s, her novel speaks openly of hardship, poverty, assault, racism, and bullying, but keeps a light, positive tone throughout. Mia herself is an irresistible protagonist, and it is a pleasure to see both her writing and her power grow through a series of letters that she sends to remedy injustices. The hefty and satisfying dose of wish fulfillment that closes the story feels fully earned by the specificity and detailed warmth of Yang's setup. Many young readers will see themselves in Mia and her friends. VERDICT A swiftly moving plot and a winsome protagonist make this a first purchase for any collection, especially where realistic fiction is in demand.—Katya Schapiro, Brooklyn Public Library --Katya Schapiro (Reviewed 03/01/2018) (School Library Journal, vol 64, issue 3, p109)
  • Yang draws effectively on her own childhood in this lively debut, which offers a candid portrait of one Chinese-American immigrant experience through the eyes of a gutsy, empathetic 10-year-old. In 1993, when Mia Tang’s parents become managers of a California motel, she envisions bright times ahead: the motel has a pool, and Disneyland is just down the road. But the mean-spirited motel owner bans her from the pool and cheats her parents out of money they deserve, keeping Disneyland far out of reach. While her parents work tirelessly, Mia takes charge of the front desk—and much more. Believing that “sometimes, you have to... be creative to get what you want,” and flouting her mother’s repeated assertion that Mia’s English will never be as proficient as native-born Americans’, she writes letters—creatively forged—to aid others, including an African-American victimized by racial profiling and a Chinese immigrant abused by his boss. Mia’s story is one of indefatigable hope and of triumph over injustice, and her voice is genuine and inspiring. Ages 8–12. (May) --Staff (Reviewed 06/18/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 25, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Through the story of fifth-grader Mia Tang, readers experience the courage, hard work, and dreams of a young Chinese immigrant. A small room behind the office of the Calivista Motel is home for Mia and her parents. Hired by the rich, coal-hearted Mr. Yao, the family works bone-numbing hours cleaning rooms, fixing problems, and managing the front desk. Troubles check in from every direction: at home, where her mom belittles her love of writing; at school, where bullies and lies surround her; and especially at the motel, where the family battles financial ruin. Yet along the seemingly endless roller coaster of poverty, hope appears in small places. Debut author Yang weaves in autobiographical content while creating a feisty and empowered heroine. The supporting characters are rich in voice and context, with multiple villains and friends that achingly reveal life in America in the 1990s for persons of color and those living in poverty. Heavy themes, including extortion, fraud, and racism, are balanced with the naïve dreams and determination of a 10-year-old. The power of Mia's newfound skill in English pushes her to fight for her community, which has lovingly become her adopted family in this new land. With bittersweet information on Chinese immigration to America added in an author's note, this book captures many important themes to explore individually or in the classroom. Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages. (Historical fiction. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2018)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10662247
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NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Yang, Kelly
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
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True
Series statement
Front desk
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Immigrant families
  • Immigrants
  • Chinese
  • Motels
  • Exploitation
  • Self-confidence
  • Friendship
  • California, Southern
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Front desk, Kelly Yang
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OverDrive eBook
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781338157802
Lccn
2017045173
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
2423D867-2706-4A16-9050-F0AC901977A4
System control number
(OCoLC)1004512145
Label
Front desk, Kelly Yang
Link
Publication
Copyright
Note
OverDrive eBook
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781338157802
Lccn
2017045173
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
2423D867-2706-4A16-9050-F0AC901977A4
System control number
(OCoLC)1004512145

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