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Authors

Kelly Yang

Publisher

Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Inc.

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9781338157796

Pages

286 pages

Genre

realism

Format

chapter book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Lexile Measure

640L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Poverty; Immigrants and refugees; financial hardship; poor; living in poverty; immigrant children; immigrant families

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

Chinese

Awards

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

Keywords

exploitation; friendship; motels; self-confidence; Southern California; 1990s

Diversity Impact

direct

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