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Front Desk
Front Desk | Kelly Yang
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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This is a full on yes book for me. I would recommend it to any middle schooler. I loved going to my parents‘ workplaces & had a full-on fantastical belief that I was ready for a career. Here‘s Mia doing just that—while challenging prejudice & learning she can gain skills against feedback that would indicate otherwise. This also could serve as an intro to some of the particular ways Chinese people have been discriminated against in the U.S.

mandarchy I just learned that there are 3 sequals to Front Desk! The author is on Twitter and posted that Barnes & Noble is refusing to carry the 4th title. She's writing faster than I can read. 1mo
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I just read this book on recommendation from one of my 6th graders and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! In contrast to The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali, which stars a solidly petty bourgeois family, Front Desk details the story of Mia Yang and her parents, recent Chinese immigrants who work at a motel and are being super-exploited by their boss. This book puts working class solidarity front and center ❤️ Sincerely enjoyed reading!

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May112
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This was great! It was fun, nice, and funny 😄 😄 I add this one of my favorite so I'll give this 5-stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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Join me on Tuesday for a conversation with big hearted middle grade author Kelly Yang. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=spNoqupbcmg

BookishTrish Im on Pacific Standard Time 11mo
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It took me awhile to get into this episodic story of Mia Tang and her family, immigrants from China who run a motel for the cheap and mean Mr. Yao. Mia's friend Lupe and Mr. Yao's son Jason, and the "weeklies" who live at the hotel and pay by the week, are all excellently drawn secondary characters. Before I knew it, I really cared about what happened to the Tangs and loved seeing how everyone came together in a positive way in the end.

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Layla.Ross
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Front desk is really good, its a very good book, i recommend reading it and it isn't a very hard read to

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Nikkiminaj
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It was a good book and it showed me how hard it can be as an immigrant.

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#audiocommute in the rain. So grateful for audiobooks (as I can‘t see to read)

GondorGirl 🤣 You'd think someone would have solved the foggy glasses problem by now! 12mo
Larkken Hate it. Am now totally considering lasik more than previously 12mo
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I'm so excited that I just got the ok from my principals to bring back my 6th grade book club! I was one of the things I missed most last year. Now to decide on our first book of the year... #schoollibraries #librariansoflitsy #teachersoflitsy

DebinHawaii Yay! 🎉 That‘s so exciting! 🤗 13mo
Tamra So fun! Good luck! 13mo
megnews Yay! Man, I wish someone had done a book club when I was in school 13mo
Johanna414 @megnews we have so much fun! They come in to the library during their lunch and I read to them while they eat. I only expected a few kids to sign up when I started it, and ended up with 24 that year! 13mo
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4 stars - This was a delightful read! I loved reading about the motel and the people Mia met there, and I loved her friendship with Lupe. There are some tough subjects that Mia and her parents face including racism, poverty, discrimination, and immigration, and Mia's challenge of being the new kid in class. There were moments of sadness and heartbreak, but also joy and happiness. loved Mia‘s bravery and optimism in the face of so many challenges.

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Well written and engaging, this book is important reading for its targeted age group about a dark and often unacknowledged element of the immigrant experience. The predicament the protagonist and her family find themselves in is horrifying, but they prove that kindness and compassion will get you far in life.

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Fantasy_bookworm
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Woah! This book was really cool. I finished it super quickly, because I just couldn‘t put it down!!

Mia‘s story is engaging and emotional, full of friendship and hardship. I recommend this funny, thought-provoking tale to all ages. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I love this book!

mylifeisbooks I absolutely adore this book! I love Mia's story! Kelly Yang really outdid herself writing this book! 1y
amill7516 I know! Mia is so brave! 1y
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Front Desk is my next Middle Grade finish. It‘s a story based on the author‘s childhood leaving China to come to the US with her parents and their experiences here. It is a very realistic picture of immigrant life. Lots of good life lessons. I enjoyed it very much. Middle Grade books tackle such important issues. #100YEARS100BOOKS #BookSpinBingo #18 #MGMarch #20in4 1 down, 4 to go!

Andrew65 Great start 👏👏👏 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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A sweet and inspirational book for young readers. Optimistic young girl from an immigrant family using anecdotal experiences to give a glimpse to challenges faced not just by her family but other minorities. She is a champion for those needing to overcome some adversity with her hope and determination. Light reading due to age of target reading but worthwhile for any age.

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Front desk is a good book. and this time i am not joking about anything. Front Desk is based in Kelly Yang's real-life experiences, making it an #ownvoices novel. ... Front Desk details the family's first year managing the hotel including little daily occurrences, diversity issues and the building of community at the motel.

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#doublespin done! This was hard for me to get into, because there‘s so much hardship and discrimination. It felt bleak. But Mia is no pushover, and I admire her fighting spirit. Looking forward to the next one.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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📚 Front Desk
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🥘 eggs and toast

#thoughtfulthursday @MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 🎃🍂📖 2y
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mandarchy
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I love this book!

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This book was so good!! I highly recommend it for both the 9-12 readers it was intended for and also any adults looking for a heartwarming story!

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Zephsomething
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Starting on an easier read after a horror novel! I‘m very excited to see where this book goes, I‘ve heard good things!

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What a delight! I was recommended this book by an author recently and loved it! A young Chinese immigrant struggles with running the front desk of a motel her parents manage, with racism and poverty issues, and feelings of inadequacy when it comes to one of her favorite subjects—writing. This character is the hero we need right now!

TheBookHippie I loved this book. We read it for #mgbuddyread . 2y
lowellette I bet there would be lots to discuss! I‘m reading the second book right now. 2y
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I really enjoyed this #oregonbattleofthebooks pick about a Chinese immigrant family dealing with poverty and racism as they try to make their way in America. Based on the author‘s own experience, this story is well-written and an engaging read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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alisonrose
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A lot of important stuff here, about identity, prejudice, family, but this sold its younger readers short. I promise 10-12 year olds can handle more subtlety & don‘t need to be whapped over the head w/every message. Plus while it represents a lot of real life issues, the way Mia is able to quickly & easily solve everything is so unrealistic & implausible that I worry it would only make kids feel worse about their own similar circumstances. 2/5 ⭐️

alisonrose More detailed review at GR. Give us longer character length already, Litsy! 😣 2y
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“We have to take her to the hospital,” I said to my dad.
“No,” my mom said, coughing. “We don‘t have any insurance. Going to the hospital will kill us.”

[Ain‘t America great. 😑]

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Since my last read was pretty heavy, I felt like going in a very different direction with a middle grade novel. This has some serious themes but, you know...middle grade isn‘t gonna drag you down. #nowreading

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This was a great #middlegrade book about Chinese immigrants in the United States.

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woohoo! first review of 2020! this was an amazing book. the plot was great, i loved mia and the other characters, and the book was just all around amazing! Front Desk shined a light on immigration in the usa and gave me a deeper understanding of my previous knowledge through a wonderful story. this was a great book and i will definitely read it again in the future!

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Day 2 of breakfast in bed and finishing up all the books I have on the go. Holidays are wonderful! I loved this fictionalized account of Kelly Yang‘s coming to America. It‘s eye opening and inspiring.

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Thank you @sherryvdh for the very pretty card. It‘s giving me some decorating ideas. #poutinepenpals I hope you get your Christmas wish of lots of reading time 🙏🏻

sherryvdh Wow, it got there quickly! 3y
mcctrish @sherryvdh it‘s not often the mail gods are in my favour 🤣 3y
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Adored every second of this book that made me feel every single emotion. Officially my new favorite kid in literature.

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1: just finished the tagged book

2: PS!!! 🎃

3: “It was a picture I‘d been waiting a long, long time for.”

#weekendreads
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MG fiction based on the author‘s real life—a Chinese family resettles in Southern California and struggles with all kinds of language barriers and indignities, but MC Mia is a hero!

sblbooks I really like this one too. We read it for #mgbuddyread a few months ago. You should join us we read a new middle grade book, and have a discussion at the end of every month. 3y
Eggs @sblbooks Thank you for the invite! What are you reading this month? 3y
sblbooks We took September off. We are reading small spaces by Katherine Arden in October. The next discussion is Sunday October 27th at 4pm @Lmstraubie heads it up. The host for October is @LibrarianRyan just 3y
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sblbooks ... search for the #mgbuddyread. 3y
Lmstraubie Thanks for the shout-out about our #mgbuddyread group @sblbooks 🙂 @Eggs it's really easy going. Questions are posted around 4:00 on the last Sunday of the month. You join in when you can. LMK if you have any questions! 3y
Eggs I read Small Spaces a few weeks ago !! Thank for info!! @Lmstraubie @sblbooks @LibrarianRyan 3y
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This was my summer for catching up on acclaimed middle grade novels. When Mia‘s family immigrates from China to the US, her parents take a job managing a motel. Mia has to balance teen struggles along with concerns of race, poverty, crime,and justice. Lovely writing and well-developed characters pull the story together. The only piece that disappointed me was the character of Mia‘s teacher who is clueless and unsupportive.

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Took an adventure break to get some library books! #24in48

LibrarianRyan Front desk was so good. 3y
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LibrarianRyan
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Overall this was a lovely story, and it was recently announced that there will be a sequel.

Full Review on LT and GR

#BBRC #MGReadersChoice
#Booked2019 #DiverseMG
#LittleLoveBingo #BuddyRead
#KillYourTBR #Cityvisited

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Anyone else think the teacher is racist.? This is just one sample.

#mgbuddyread #yesimbehind

SaturnDoo 🤔 no that passage didn't come across as being racist but there were some others that did. 3y
LibrarianRyan @SaturnDoo yes, others were much worse. 3y
SaturnDoo @LibrarianRyan I agree. How are you liking this one so far? I am excited for the sequel next year 😁😂 3y
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LibrarianRyan @SaturnDoo I just finished it. I really enjoyed it. I would never have read this if it wasn‘t part of the buddy read but I loved it. 3y
mrp27 I read this a while ago so it's not entirely fresh in my mind. I remember the teacher making me feel uncomfortable. 3y
SaturnDoo @LibrarianRyan I enjoyed it too. I like MG, I probably would have read it at some point but I liked reading it as a buddy read. 😊 3y
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You know. I really kind of hate this kids mom. She‘s not Mommie Dearest bad, but she‘s no laugh riot either.

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Anyone else get pissed off when her mother told her she couldn‘t write because she wasn‘t a native speaker. Ighhhhhhhhhhhhh

Lindy 🙋‍♀️ 3y
mrp27 Yes! 3y
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Peddler410 I wonder about Mr. Yao‘s son. I was happy to see him change by the end of the story. 3y
sblbooks This was a good book. I heard there might be a sequel. Did anyone else hear that? 3y
TheBookHippie @sblbooks yes I did does anyone know???? 3y
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TheBookHippie This is a true very good story 3y
TheBookHippie Thank you for this!!!! It was an amazing read! 3y
mrp27 @sblbooks I think I heard the same thing. I'd definitely read it. 3y
mrp27 Great book and very timely. 3y
LibrarianRyan Anyone else think the teacher was racist. And using racist lesson plans? What about mom and her actions or lack of actions? @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo 3y
TheBookHippie @LibrarianRyan I did but that‘s daily life here I forget it‘s not normal 😳😭 3y
LibrarianRyan @TheBookHippie unfortunately very true. 😢😤 3y
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @TheBookHippie I was thinking she depicted the teacher that way to shine a light on how white privilege blurs people's vision. 3y
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie ohhhh. Good point. 3y
JaclynW Thank you for bringing my awareness to this perspective changing book! It is so timely. I will be recommending this to everyone I know. 3y
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan The teacher's actions bothered me too. I saw it as a naivety on her end - @Lmstraubie definitely white privilege. I was also happy to see Jason change at the end @peddler410, what courage it took on his end to stand up to his dad. 3y
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Peddler410 I found myself thinking about how determined Mia was. She wanted to prove she could be a writer. She was also determined to help the weeklies as well as support her family in helping the other immigrants. 3y
sblbooks I felt for Mia and the other immigrants, and I was glad it turned out well in the end. 3y
TheBookHippie I kept thinking of all the kids from Pakistan and Mexico I serve. 3y
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mrp27 I kept thinking how hard the immigrant community works. Always striving to do better and be better. 3y
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo I kept thinking of how it reflects day to day life that my white privilege has shielded me from. 3y
SaturnDoo Altough I'm not an immigrant I was able to relate to Mia and her situation.I worked as a front desk clerk AND was a weekly, there were 2 of us. The owners of the hotel were immigrants and treated us poorly. Because I was on-site, if they needed extra help/had no help, I was expected to work when I was off with no pay.Several things happened & we would get drug into the situations when we weren't involved to start with. It was a nightmare 👎 3y
LibrarianRyan That I love my mom. I‘m a navy brat. They don‘t pay enlisted military very well. Now I know we didn‘t have a lot of money but I never noticed it growing up. That my mom (while she does drive me nuts) never told me I could be or do something. Yeah maybe we didn‘t have money for this or that but we almost always found a different way. Sorry for the sap. @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo 3y
Lmstraubie @librarianryan Sap is always welcomed 🙂 3y
85eliana Sorry I missed this discussion! We switched to our summer schedule and travelled so I definitely lost track of this. I‘m really enjoying reading the conversation! 3y
Lmstraubie @85eliana No worries 🙂 Feel free to add your thoughts at any time. Just tag the participants so they know you added to the conversation. Hope you had a good trip! 3y
JaclynW All I kept thinking about was our current situation at the border. I'm so frustrated with our government. I'm frustrated at Americans who don't get to know these immigrants/refugees stories. I'm frustrated with the inhumane treatment. It is all completely unacceptable to me. This book shows, what I believe, to be the heart of most immigrants/refugees. They all are seeking better lives - that is universal. Mia was inspiring. I loved her spirit. 3y
mrp27 @JaclynW Agreed! 3y
Lmstraubie @JaclynW It's amazing the lack of humanity by some and the incredibly humanity of others. 3y
JaclynW @Lmstraubie I hope the one out numbers the other in the end.😊❤ 3y
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TheBookHippie Do the next best thing - the next right thing...I live in a town where many people hate me, hate the kids I serve. I just keep the joy in me of serving and the affects it has in my heart. There are days ...self care is important. This quote reminds me of Anne Frank. 3y
mrp27 By simply treating people fairly and humanly or as you want to be treated. We're all in this together. 3y
Lmstraubie @TheBookHippie @mrp27 It seems so simple, but can be so hard. Self care is an important piece because if we don't refresh ourselves it's hard to keep up the fight. I find my problem lays in what I see as the "unfairness" of it all & how I want to change that. What I need to remember is I can only change me & go from there. 3y
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mrp27 Again, very true. Self care is super important. 3y
LibrarianRyan By always having a smile for a stranger and a willing to help however it‘s needed. Being approachable and willing to listen. (Extrovert can you tell?). @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo 3y
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan Lol I think introverts can do this on a smaller scale as well. It's amazing how a simple smile can make such a difference. 3y
JaclynW Great quote. I loved this aspect of the book/characters. I just focus on the bits right around me that I can influence - volunteering, reaching out to others/friends, supporting organizations that make a bigger impact, etc. I smile at others or give compliments/acknowledge/validate others a lot (just something simple). It goes a long way. @thebookhippie @mrp27 @Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan I loved your answers! 3y
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Peddler410 I‘m still trying to figure this out. 3y
sblbooks This is definitely a tough one. An expanded guest-worker program might help. Stiff penalties for businesses that do not pay taxes. Jail time for human trafficking! I had a friend who came to the USA from Mexico. She said, the main problem is the the country the immigrant is trying to leave charges so much money, she had to pay over 10K to leave legally, 30 years ago. How is someone from a poor country going to pay that kind of money? 3y
TheBookHippie I think education . The families I work with check what case is in court to see how many DECADES it is until theirs. Here by me it‘s December 1999. So if you filed then...you are in court. It‘s also corrupt. The entire system needs overhauling. Undocumented minors or DACA kids should be grated immunity. Refugees should be allowed in. Good stipulations and processes need to be in place. But most of all we need to be humane . 3y
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mrp27 This is a doozy of a question! I don't have an answer but above any and all else everyone should I'd be treated fairly, humanly and kindly. We need a process and a system that is timely, affordable and fair. 3y
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo I know this is a tough question, but definitely one that couldn't be overlooked. I have to say there isn't an easy answer, but bottom line being treated humanely should go without saying. 3y
mrp27 I really wish we all could stop treating immigrants different from other immigrants. One group is not better or worse than the other. Skilled or unskilled, speaks or doesn't speak English, is brown or is white, etc. 3y
Lmstraubie @mrp27 We need to stop doing this for citizens as well. 3y
mrp27 Agreed! 3y
SaturnDoo Tough question 😢Everyone should be treated fairly& humanely. A country should enforce/uphold its laws for citizens&non citizens alike.No exceptions,no loopholes.If citizens/illegal immigrants break the law,consequences should be enforced,regardless of citizenship status.A country's government should remain obligated &loyal to its citizens first & foremost by serving,protecting & assisting them before anyone else. 3y
LibrarianRyan At minimum we should treat all people by the golden rule. Kids should not be punished for the actions of their parents. This includes separating them. Legal immigration needs to be easier and less expensive. It would cut down on illegals immigration. We are a nation of immigrants and we need to remember that. I highly suggest reading the tagged book. @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo (edited) 3y
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan It's amazing how that fact has gotten so lost. 3y
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie so much so yes! 3y
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan Exactly! (Thanks for the book recommendation!) @lmstraubie @thebookhippie @peddler410 @sblbooks @mrp27 @Saturndoo @amie @chelsibno You all make great points, it's a huge issue that needs to be resolved with fairness and humane treatment. I hope we can get there. This is why this book is so important for young people to read. (Adults too.) It really puts heart into this politicized issue where real people are often forgotten. 3y
mrp27 @LibraianRyan loved Her Right Foot! 3y
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sblbooks Greed 3y
Peddler410 I think he‘s angry. Perhaps he was treated poorly in the past... 3y
TheBookHippie @sblbooks greed !!! I agree. Ugh. 3y
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mrp27 Fear and then of course greed. He never wants to be in a position to where he can be taken advantage so the fear is his motivation. 3y
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo I always wonder what leads a person who has so much to always keep wanting more at the expense of others. 3y
SaturnDoo His own insecurities.Power,anger,fear,greed. His nature/culture has taught him to be a contoller. He knows that everyone at the hotel is dependent on him.Therefore he preys on the weak to satisfy those insecurities, as well as pay for his mistakes. 3y
LibrarianRyan He is an immigrant himself. He was probably in their situation once upon a time and believes if he could pull himself up all on his own they should have to as well. @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo 3y
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan Probably true, but you would think he would have a little more empathy instead of taking such advantage. (My rose-colored glasses view.) 3y
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie I‘ve seen it both ways. I think it all starts with what type of person you are to begin with. 3y
Lmstraubie @librarianryan So very true 3y
JaclynW @Lmstraubie I've wondered that too. I kept trying to figure out why he was this way. I wonder if the sequel dives into his story, that could be interesting. @librarianryan Good point, so true. 3y
Lmstraubie @JaclynW I'm looking forward to the sequel. 3y
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Peddler410 I think Mia understands being the underdog. She tries to treat others how she wants to be treated. (edited) 3y
sblbooks I agree with @Peddler410 . Mia knows what it feels like to be mistreated, so she has empathy. 3y
TheBookHippie She doesn‘t want anyone to feel as she did. I find myself doing that in certain situations to this day. I think it makes you highly aware. It‘s very beautiful to see it in children. 3y
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mrp27 I'm in agreement with everyone here. Mia knows what it feels like and she's empathetic. 3y
Chelsibno I agree with what everyone so far has said. Mia is empathetic to other‘s plights, because she‘s had similar experiences. I think she also has a very strong sense of justice and fairness. 3y
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo It's kids like Mia who will change the world (and already are) 3y
SaturnDoo I think Mia feels the need to be protective, especially for her mom&dad due to the language barrier. I also think it satifies her need to be useful/helpful in a world that isn't as accepting/embracing of all people. She's building on the skills of strength, power,justice, bravery and equality that she knows she has and will continue to need. I ❤how sympathetic/empathetic she is. She's making a powerful statement and proves herself very worthy. 3y
Lmstraubie @SaturnDoo I never thought about the aspect of protecting her parents, though she does do that. Good point! 3y
LibrarianRyan I like @SaturnDoo thinking. But I think her age has a bit. She is still young and idealistic. She has not been jaded by repetitive failure. America has not been what mom and dad anticipated and part of their jade rubs off. @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo (edited) 3y
JaclynW @Lmstraubie Agreed! I hope there is change in the world. That's what I loved about this book. @peddler410 @amie @thebookhippie @sblbooks @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo @LibrarianRyan I agree with all of your points. Mia was quite an amazing young girl. So inspiring. 3y
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sblbooks All kids should participate. If a child gets hurt at school, medical care would be covered under the school's liability insurance, not the parent's medical insurance. 3y
Peddler410 I agree with @sblbooks 3y
TheBookHippie @sblbooks I agree. I see it happen a lot though. It‘s sad. 3y
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sblbooks @thebookhippie That is sad, and unfortunately that's why they're taken advantage of sometimes. People that just moved here don't understand our laws or other policies. 3y
mrp27 This broke my heart, so maddening. 3y
LibrarianRyan I agree with everyone else. It should be covered by school insurance but I kept thinking this books setting was the 80s (until I saw the end bill). But from experience, if you have to go to the school nurse first, things may get missed or not seen as important and the kid goes home. Now it‘s mom and dads problem. @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo 3y
JaclynW @LibrarianRyan Good point. At our local schools, there isn't enough money in the budget to have a full time nurse at every school. They bounce back and forth from multiple schools during the week, so it is usually the teacher or secretary taking care of injuries. Parents are often called in. I had never even thought about this issue so it was shocking to read this (but it makes sense). It really is terribly sad. 3y
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Peddler410 It‘s difficult! English has so many rules that are always being broken. My daughter is in Chinese Immersion program at school and I spent a semester learning — no conjugating verbs! Easier!! 3y
sblbooks I agree (They're, their, there) 3y
TheBookHippie It is atrocious ...I have 22 languages I hear in the school year reading with kids and I find the Latin root of words is so similar in their languages many of their words are close ...English has too many words and is incredibly difficult to manage. 3y
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mrp27 I only speak English so it's difficult to assess. I'm gonna agree though that it can be difficult. 3y
Chelsibno English is way more difficult to learn. The language has borrowed so many words from other languages over the years that there‘s no one set way to turn every singular word into a plural form. Like @Peddler410 mentioned, English has a lot of rules and conventions that constantly get broken or disregarded depending on the context. Add to that, we have so many homonyms and homophones that it can be super confusing for anyone who isn‘t fluent. 3y
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo I also think the slang terms alone are enough to drive someone crazy. The poor uncle who thought saying, "Hey Baby" was acceptable. 3y
SaturnDoo English is my native tongue, but I'm going to say it's probably very difficult to learn.It seems that English is always changing. Lots of grammar rules,slang,dialects,accents. Even native speakers have trouble with the English language so I can only imagine the struggles ESL individuals have. 3y
LibrarianRyan English. Tenses, synonyms, antonyms, etc. and then add in slang and yikes. 3y
JaclynW @Peddler410 @sblbooks @thebookhippie @mrp27 @LibrarianRyan @saturndoo @Lmstraubie @Chelsibno I agree English is so difficult for all the reasons listed above. I'm glad it's my native language. I'm impressed when others can master English as a second language. I wish Americans valued being multilingual more and were more patient with English language learners. My European friends all know 2-4 languages. It's so cool. 3y
Lmstraubie @JaclynW So true! It would be so beneficial. 3y
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Peddler410 ❤️! I love that Mia recognizes books as friends. 3y
sblbooks I can relate 😀 3y
Amie Sounds like a good plan to me 😀 3y
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TheBookHippie My childhood in one sentence !!!! 3y
mrp27 I felt the same as a kid and I did the same even though I was not in her situation. I was just a shy kid. You're never alone when you have a book. 3y
Chelsibno Wow, she basically summed up my experience as a child, teenager, and young adult entering college. 3y
SaturnDoo I ❤this line. The library is a good place to be, not only for learning and books, but could be a place to meet/make friends with the same common interests as you. The library is my happy safe place 😊 3y
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo I had mixed feelings about this. I love that she sees books as friends & a solution to possible loneliness, but I always worry about my kids who are always buried in books & not interacting with others. On one hand it's a savior, but also an escape. 3y
TheBookHippie @Lmstraubie I turned out okay :) sometimes you just have to survive school. But I understand what you‘re saying! 3y
mrp27 @Lmstraubie I had to eventually learn to step up from behind books. I out grew my shyness but I still enjoy my safe space behind my books when I can. 3y
Lmstraubie @thebookhippie @mrp27 Believe me. I totally get it. When I've done too much peopling I totally need to dive into my quiet space & books help with that. I think I just want to help my kids the best I can and worry that I'm not helping if I'm letting them avoid recess by reading. Although it is social when a small group forms to read. Just something I'm working on 3y
Amie @Lmstraubie This is a difficult balance. I am an introvert and was a shy child, so part of me thinks it's ok to let them read and not socialize, but then part of me thinks maybe it's important to nudge them a little toward being social because it's a necessary skill as an adult. But, pushing a shy person to be social tends to make them crawl into their shell even more. As a kid, the social aspects of school were hard for me and very draining. 3y
Amie @Lmstraubie I think my mom worried about me when I was a kid, because I was always reading (not that reading was discouraged). But there wasn't anything “wrong,“ it's just what I liked to do, like some kids like sports. 3y
SaturnDoo @Lmstraubie I didn't really think about it like that because our teen room/library is usually always busy. The two teen librarians have activities going all the time. Board games, D&D, movie night, sometimes movies in the afternoon, xbox games...activities all the time so I guess that's what mental picture I had for Mia to make friends/meet people at the library. 3y
LibrarianRyan Mia has a barrier between her and making friends. A language barrier. Books in the library would allow her to better her English and have more confidence when seeking out new friends. It‘s just like when she lies about where she lives and having a dog. A security blanket until she has the confidence for the truth. @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo 3y
Lmstraubie @SaturnDoo I think because I've been called out for allowing kids to read at recess time on rainy days I have over-thought this decision. Always trust your gut, right? 3y
JaclynW @Lmstraubie That's a valid concern for sure. I wonder if you could organize a recess book club? That way kids could get the best of both worlds. It's a great way to find friends with similar interests. Books are treasures, so are good friends. 😊 I think we all relate to Mia's words here. @Peddler410 @thebookhippie @amie @SaturnDoo @sblbooks @mrp27 @Chelsibno 3y
mrp27 @JaclynW Recess book club sounds like a great idea! 3y
JaclynW @mrp27 I totally would have participated as a kid! I hated recess! 3y
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Some of my fourth graders created a Library Club this year. We met on Wednesday & I was floored at the amount of kids who came. I have a new leader for next year and look forward to continuing it. 3y
JaclynW @Lmstraubie That's wonderful!! 3y
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