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Loved this! The main character is smart, gutsy and takes chances. But more than being a story about immigrants overcoming adversity, it's a story about people with very little coming together to help each other, even when the rest of the world is trying to set them against each other.

— Chris

A really charming and heartwarming immigration story from a child's perspective. Mia, along with her parents, emigrated from China. Her parents become caretakers of a motel and Mia works the front desk. She's resourceful and helpful and wants her customers to have the best experience. Along with her part time job (she's only 10), she goes to school and deals with various issues including, insecurities about her abilities, not having the right clothes (poor) and other standard kid issues and friendships.

Definite recommend for kids (adults) of all ages.

— Audrey H.


* "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "A first purchase for any collection." -- School Library Journal, starred reviewbr>
Mia Tang has a lot of secrets.

Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests.

Number 2: Her parents 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 doomed.

Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language?

It will take all of Mia's courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?

About the Author

Kelly Yang's family immigrated to the United States from Chinawhen she was a young girl, and she grew up in California, in circumstances very similar to those of Mia Tang. She eventually left the motels and went to college at the age of 13, and is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School. Upon graduation, she gave up law to pursue her dream of writing and teaching kids writing. She is the founder of The Kelly Yang Project, a leading writing and debating program for children in Asia and the United States. She is also a columnist for the South China Morning Post and has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Atlantic. Kelly is the motherof three children and splits her time between Hong Kong and San Francisco. Please find her online at: www.kellyyang.comTwitter: @kellyyanghkYoutube: kellyyanghkFacebook: www
Product Details
ISBN: 9781338157796
ISBN-10: 1338157795
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date: May 29th, 2018
Pages: 304
Language: English