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Front Desk (Scholastic Gold) de Kelly Yang
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Front Desk (Scholastic Gold) (edició 2019)

de Kelly Yang (Autor)

Sèrie: Front Desk (1)

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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.… (més)
Membre:MeganAmundson
Títol:Front Desk (Scholastic Gold)
Autors:Kelly Yang (Autor)
Informació:Arthur A. Levine Books (2019), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:*****
Etiquetes:juvenile fiction, realistic fiction, immigration

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"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)" A Kirkus Starred Review. www.kirkusreviews.com
  CDJLibrary | Aug 30, 2021 |
Mia Tang is a ten year old girl who moved to the U.S. from China with her family hoping to find a better life. Unfortunately, they find life harder than they expected, and struggle to find jobs and a place to live. They hear about a motel in California that needs a manager and take the job, which includes a hotel room of their own. The work proves harder than they expected and the pay lower than was agreed, but with Mia's help in the front office they make it work. Mia takes good care of the customers and gets to be friends with some of the "weeklies." She has lots of good ideas as to how to run the motel, but the owner doesn't always agree. When he puts the motel up for sale, Mia's family has to decide if they will be able to raise the money to buy it, or look for another place to live. ( )
  lisakusick | Aug 13, 2021 |
3.75 stars. Author Kelly Yang's personal childhood experiences are portrayed in story of ten-year old, Mia Tang, whose family comes to America expecting great success, but discovers like many immigrants that life is very hard: low paying jobs nobody else wants, employers who take advantage of them in many ways, etc. Mia's parents agree to manage an Anaheim, CA hotel for Mr. Yao in return for free rent, who reneges on his $5 per room agreement in several ways. Mia works the front desk because her parents have to do the cleaning, maintenance, etc. as well as helping their Chinese friends in need. She handles herself very well, really beyond what is believable for someone her age, including catching a car thief, finding a job for a motel resident, and teaching the police a valuable lesson about racism.

Mia's experiences as an immigrant trying to find her way in a new culture, deal with injustice, prejudice and poverty are both heartbreaking and uplifting. She makes friends with the hotel "weeklies" and with one girl in school, who eventually discover they have similar lives. Yang's afterword was the best part: she attended UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School, and has done much to help others. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
This is a wonderful book that highlights the struggles of race, class, and citizenship in the US. Mia is an extraordinary character that every young person should strive toward as an example. ( )
  smallerdemon | Jul 5, 2021 |
diverse middle-grade children's fiction (Chinese immigrant family experiencing racism and hardship in 1990s Anaheim CA)
This was recommended by more than one friend and I am just getting around to reading it now. The second one in the series ([b:Three Keys|53033829|Three Keys (Front Desk, #2)|Kelly Yang|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1578326939l/53033829._SX50_SY75_.jpg|73366589]) is already out and a third one is in the works; also keep an eye on [a:Kelly Yang|15524279|Kelly Yang|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1536187850p2/15524279.jpg] for more series for kids and teens. And don't skip the author's note at the end!

Heart-touching story - I love how Mia becomes more confident in her English writing, and how her friendships between herself and her schoolmates and the motel tenants grow stronger. There are a few scary scenes (involving an altercation with a drunk man, police questioning a Black tenant for hours despite zero evidence pointing to him as a suspect, and Mia's mom being attacked by thieves) which may be potentially triggering. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
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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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