Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Inc.
After emigrating from China, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel, despite the nasty owner, Mr. Yao, who exploits them, while she works the front desk and tries to cope with fitting in at her school.
Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Poverty; Immigrants and refugees; financial hardship; poor; living in poverty; immigrant children; immigrant families
E.B. White Read Aloud Award, 2019, Finalist, Middle Reader
Cybils Awards, 2018, Finalist, Middle Grade Fiction
Asian Pacific American Award for Literature, 2019, Winner, Children's
exploitation; friendship; motels; self-confidence; Southern California; 1990s
Yang, Kelly, "Front Desk" (2018). Diverse Families. 2168.