FRONT DESK is a middle-grade novel from debut author Kelly Yang. Based on the author’s life, the story follows Mia—the daughter of first generation Chinese immigrants. Every day, while her parents clean, Mia manages the front desk of a motel in Southern California. Published: May 29, 2018 by Arthur Levine/Scholastic, the publishers of Harry Potter.
Summary: FRONT DESK tells the story of 10 year old Mia Tang. Every day, Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel while her parents clean the rooms. She’s proud of her job. She loves the guests and treats them like family. When one of the guests gets into trouble with the police, it shakes Mia to her core. Her parents, meanwhile, hide immigrants in the empty rooms at night. If the mean motel owner Mr. Yao finds out, they’ll be doomed!
Four starred reviews!
* “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 review
* “It’s the details that sing in this novel, particularly the small moments that feel like everything when you’re a kid…Deserving of shelf space in every classroom and library.” — ALA Booklist, starred review
“Honest…powerful…heart-wrenching.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
“Front Desk is a story about the hardships of immigrant life, the perpetuation of injustice, and a sweet, kind, indomitable young girl who chooses to rise up and fight no matter how hard it gets. Kelly Yang’s debut is a stunner.” — Mike Jung, author of Unidentified Suburban Object
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The Australian/New Zealand edition will be published by Walker Books in August 2018.
For any publicity inquiries related to FRONT DESK, please contact:
Lauren Donovan, Publicist, at LDonovan@scholastic.com.
For all other inquiries, please contact Kelly’s agent:
Tina Dubois, ICM, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also contact Kelly at kellyyangauthor (at) gmail (dot) com.
Sept 27-29, 2018 — ALSC National Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio