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10 thoughts on “Front Desk

  1. says:

    Anyone who looks at the cover will think that it hides a light—but perhaps still meaningful—story It does not let on that the reader will be outraged at many of the characters and situations hidden insideMia Tang’s family members are courageous and strong people but they are immigrants who recently arrived in a completely foreign country—from China to America—and there is so much they don’t know yet There is also so much they don’t have access toAnd the problem with being a new immigrant is that unless you were able to transfer your fortune—should you have had one—from your native country to your adopted one or your school degrees are recognized you have to start from basically zeroI know this because it happened to my mom and former step father They worked in a couple of apartment buildings cleaning and maintaining for minimum wage We were poor no uestion and lived in a crappy apartment But thinking back now I realize we were just fine and we had it so much better than other immigrants who couldn’t find jobs or found horrendous onesLike Mia’s parents sadly They are desperate for work after an unfortunate accident leads both Mia and her mom to lose their jobs and they end up working for an awful Mr Yao who does not treat his employees with respect In fact he doesn’t even look at them as ‘‘people’’ He considers himself to be above them There is a huge amount of tension between Mia and him for he often blames the victim and refuses to be reasonable But Mia’s family doesn’t have another choice and Mr Yao knows that so he preys upon them constantlyHe infuriated me I wanted to jump into the page and scream at him myself I wanted to protect Mia and her parents in any way I could—but worry not Mia although only ten is immensely brave and smart She fights for what is right and learns so much working at the motel She also meets incredible people who prove to her that there is goodness in this world even though ugliness may be much obvious to the eye A lot of what happens in this story is actually based on real life events—the author’s life growing up as a Chinese immigrant in a country that wasn’t too keen to have her there or so it seemed The truth is that people make a country and if you have trusting people by your side you will feel at home each day But you have to claim your place tooA terrific and emotional story that I hope will push you to look at immigrants with respect and understanding because they deserve it We deserve it Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’


  2. says:

    Much deeper and complex than the playful cover indicates A wonderful story about immigrants poverty and family


  3. says:

    This book was absolutely phenomenal And that author's note? My heart is aching So powerful and so incredibly moving TW racism bullying police brutality


  4. says:

    This middle grades novel features a Chinese American protagonist named Mia a nasty hotel owner named Mr Yao and the most realistic tackling of the subject of racism that I've ever encountered in a juvenile lit readMr Yao is mean as hell and uses adult language my 9 11 year old daughters found this to be a scintillating element and he uses and abuses Mia's parents Chinese immigrants who have recently arrived in the USPeople are hungry in this novel Truly hungry People are beaten too and judged for the color of their skin This is a tough examination of life for people of color and recent immigrants and the author Kelly Yang knows a little something about the subject and she doesn't shy away from tackling the tough stuff hereMy daughters who were once new immigrants from China themselves were both drawn in and startled by this middle grades read So was I Although the ending was unrealistic for all of us this 286 page novel is one we won't be forgetting anytime soonOur favorite line from the book It's going to be okay I'll make friends and if I don't I'll borrow books from the library


  5. says:

    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 people and their actions For this reason I think Front Desk is an excellent book for children The story too is full of tough lessons about the world It addresses and explores how perspectives and prejudice can have significant effects on people's lives it explores racism it explores poverty and it explores immigration and how immigrants are and continue to be exploited Yang explores these topics without sugarcoating them or hiding them for what they are but instead examines them with the honesty and integrity For this reason too I think Front Desk is the perfect book for adults to read with children I found this book so empowering and I'm confident that children will find this story empowering too It highlights that even if we are small and are told we are not important we have the power to help others to be compassionate and to make the world a better place Mia was such a star This story is based on Yang's childhood as an immigrant and how earnest and genuine the narrative is really shines through Honestly? I adored this book and I recommend this to children parents teachers teenagers everybody Content warning view spoilerracism towards black people that is challenged physical assault police prejudice that is challenged hide spoiler


  6. says:

    For some reason I had incorrectly thought this was a graphic book I was looking for a uick read to read alongside my other main book and many ancillary books It’s a regular text novel but it still worked the way I’d hoped a fast read and a gripping read and completely satisfyingBut I’ve been reading too many books with too much heartbreak and showing too many of the worst flaws that some humans have This was another and over and over again it broke my heart but over and over again it also gave me faith in people made me smile and felt uplifting I felt the gamut of emotions I cared so much for Mia and almost all of the characters The characters even most of the minor ones are memorable Mia’s ten year old voice is marvelous This is a wonderful middle grade novel I highly recommend this to all kids 8 11 and anyone who can appreciate a novel about the meaning of family including families made up of non relatives and about genuine friendships about immigration and assimilation about poverty about gumption and going for one’s dreams about doing the right thing and it’s a great book for developing empathy for others in circumstances that might be different from those of the readers and a great book for some kids to help them feel less alone with their circumstances It’s a terrific book for showing how much a child can do but does stay realistic ETA Re realistic one thing that deviates but not to the level of fantasy genre is view spoiler the resolution at the end But the spirit of the thing leaves it in an idealized but realistic category But I did feel the need to add that hide spoiler


  7. says:

    Thanks to kidlitexchange for this review copy all opinions are my ownHands 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 poignant and authentic Yang has written Mia's tale in such a way however that despite the hardships that Mia's family faces the story is still ultimately fast paced uplifting and incredibly educational There are adventure and mystery and so many touching relationships The excellent author's note goes into much detail about this and is a must read part of the book I adored the messages about language perseverance combatting racism and breaking the cycle of poverty and misfortune that so many immigrants face First purchase for libraries and classrooms serving grades 3 6


  8. says:

    CW physical assault racism employee mistreatment poverty systemic oppression anti blackness bullying talk of robbery and assault hospitalI really do not know where to start with this review because I went into it not knowing what to expect not even knowing what the book was about and it absolutely blew me away FRONT DESK is both wholesome because of the main character's desire to help everyone and heavy because of the topics it deals with This motel was a micro society of its own through it the author was able to tackle so many topics while keeping them accessible to kids who might read this book and doing so from the lens innocence and sometimes naivety of a little girlMia is such an incredible main character that you can't help but love her Her and her family have immigrated from China two years prior to the start of the book hoping for a better life but the truth was a cold shower they found themselves living well below the poverty line and struggling to stay afloat Mia is determined to do whatever she can to help herself and her parents out of that situation and whatever she can she does She's so smart and resourceful and just a hopeful kid you know? She didn't take no for an answer And seeing how passionate she was about so many things the motel writing and most of all standing up in the face of injustice even if it got her in trouble and doing her best to set things rightFinding out at the end that so many of the experiences in the book are directly taken out of the author's life made this story even poignant She helped her parents run a motel as a kid they helped immigrants her mom was assaulted their bosses her terriblethe racism and anti blackness ran rampant and it's justa lot This story made me smile and laugh and cry and it moved me in so many ways that I know that it will be a book that I put into my kids' hands one day because of how fun and engaging it is while still managing to initiate and educate kids about the hardships of life like what it is like to be very poor and struggle with money what it is like to be an immigrant who doesn't have their paper just yet what it is like to be a person of color etc and the oppression and mistreatment that come with being at the intersection of all those thingsThis is an incredible read


  9. says:

    4 stars Middle grade is uickly becoming one of my favorite genres mostly because of stories like this one Placed in the 90's Mia and her family moved to the USA from China in hopes for a better future They get a job working at a hotel and realize they are completely overwhelmed and outnumbered Mia spends all her free time from school managing the front desk and she learns a lot along the wayI think there are so many children who can relate to Mia and her story While the cover makes this look like a light hearted book it's a mix of that and some important topics like racism and the struggles many immigrants face Follow me on ♥ Facebook ♥ Blog ♥ Instagram ♥ Twitter ♥


  10. says:

    45 Stars This was the first book I chose to try out for Middle Grade March and I found the author Kelly Yang to be so fascinating She started going to college at the young age of 13 and graduated from UC Berkeley at 17 and Harvard Law School at 20 WOW No wonder she can write a good story Plus much of this book is based on real life experiences that she went through I listened to this one on Audio and thought it was a delightful yet somewhat difficult read full of issues It's not just a light fluffy book written for kids It's a story centered around Mia Tang and her family The uniue thing about her family is that they live in a hotel Her parents work 247 for next to nothing while Mia often helps out managing the front desk The hotel owner Mr Yao is an absolute jerk and uses Mia's parents in the worst way There is a lot of poverty and racism in this book and it really examines how different the lives of people can be particularly immigrants I love Mia She is such a sweet brave and smart girl She wants to help all the immigrants her parents hide and loves to write even though her mom thinks she can't possibly be good at it compared to the white kids Her letters written to different people were some of my favorite parts Mia was always going the extra mile to help anyone out that she could This book could be a shining example to young minds about the importance of kindness and compassion Plus the racial issues could be a really great discussion for middle school kids


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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 doomedNumber 3 She wants to be a writer But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to This middle grades novel features a Chinese American protagonist named Mia a nasty hotel owner named Mr Yao and the most realistic tackling of the subject of racism that I've ever encountered in a juvenile lit readMr Yao is mean as hell and uses adult language my 9 11 year old daughters found this to be a scintillating element and he uses and abuses Mia's parents Chinese immigrants who have recently arrived in the USPeople are hungry in this novel Truly hungry People are beaten too and judged for the color of their skin This is a tough examination of life for people of color and recent immigrants and the author Kelly Yang knows a little something about the subject and she doesn't shy away from tackling the tough stuff hereMy daughters who were once new immigrants from China themselves were both drawn in and startled by this middle grades read So was I Although the ending was unrealistic for all of us this 286 page novel is one we won't be forgetting anytime soonOur favorite line from the book It's going to be okay I'll make friends and if I don't I'll borrow books from the library