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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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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.”

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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. 2mo
Eggs @sblbooks Thank you for the invite! What are you reading this month? 2mo
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 2mo
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sblbooks ... search for the #mgbuddyread. 2mo
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! 2mo
Eggs I read Small Spaces a few weeks ago !! Thank for info!! @Lmstraubie @sblbooks @LibrarianRyan 2mo
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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. 4mo
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Overall this was a lovely story, and it was recently announced that there will be a sequel.

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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. 4mo
LibrarianRyan @SaturnDoo yes, others were much worse. 4mo
SaturnDoo @LibrarianRyan I agree. How are you liking this one so far? I am excited for the sequel next year 😁😂 4mo
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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. 4mo
mrp27 I read this a while ago so it's not entirely fresh in my mind. I remember the teacher making me feel uncomfortable. 4mo
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. 😊 4mo
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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

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mrp27 Yes! 4mo
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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. 4mo
sblbooks This was a good book. I heard there might be a sequel. Did anyone else hear that? 4mo
TheBookHippie @sblbooks yes I did does anyone know???? 4mo
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TheBookHippie This is a true very good story 4mo
TheBookHippie Thank you for this!!!! It was an amazing read! 4mo
mrp27 @sblbooks I think I heard the same thing. I'd definitely read it. 4mo
mrp27 Great book and very timely. 4mo
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 4mo
TheBookHippie @LibrarianRyan I did but that‘s daily life here I forget it‘s not normal 😳😭 4mo
LibrarianRyan @TheBookHippie unfortunately very true. 😢😤 4mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan @TheBookHippie I was thinking she depicted the teacher that way to shine a light on how white privilege blurs people's vision. 4mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie ohhhh. Good point. 4mo
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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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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. 4mo
sblbooks I felt for Mia and the other immigrants, and I was glad it turned out well in the end. 4mo
TheBookHippie I kept thinking of all the kids from Pakistan and Mexico I serve. 4mo
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mrp27 I kept thinking how hard the immigrant community works. Always striving to do better and be better. 4mo
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. 4mo
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 👎 4mo
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 4mo
Lmstraubie @librarianryan Sap is always welcomed 🙂 4mo
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! 4mo
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! 4mo
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. 4mo
mrp27 @JaclynW Agreed! 4mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW It's amazing the lack of humanity by some and the incredibly humanity of others. 4mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie I hope the one out numbers the other in the end.😊❤ 4mo
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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. 4mo
mrp27 By simply treating people fairly and humanly or as you want to be treated. We're all in this together. 4mo
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. 4mo
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mrp27 Again, very true. Self care is super important. 4mo
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 4mo
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. 4mo
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! 4mo
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Peddler410 I‘m still trying to figure this out. 4mo
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? 4mo
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 . 4mo
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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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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. 4mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 We need to stop doing this for citizens as well. 4mo
mrp27 Agreed! 4mo
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. 4mo
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) 4mo
Lmstraubie @LibrarianRyan It's amazing how that fact has gotten so lost. 4mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie so much so yes! 4mo
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. 4mo
mrp27 @LibraianRyan loved Her Right Foot! 4mo
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sblbooks Greed 4mo
Peddler410 I think he‘s angry. Perhaps he was treated poorly in the past... 4mo
TheBookHippie @sblbooks greed !!! I agree. Ugh. 4mo
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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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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 4mo
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.) 4mo
LibrarianRyan @Lmstraubie I‘ve seen it both ways. I think it all starts with what type of person you are to begin with. 4mo
Lmstraubie @librarianryan So very true 4mo
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. 4mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW I'm looking forward to the sequel. 4mo
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Peddler410 I think Mia understands being the underdog. She tries to treat others how she wants to be treated. (edited) 4mo
sblbooks I agree with @Peddler410 . Mia knows what it feels like to be mistreated, so she has empathy. 4mo
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. 4mo
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mrp27 I'm in agreement with everyone here. Mia knows what it feels like and she's empathetic. 4mo
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. 4mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo It's kids like Mia who will change the world (and already are) 4mo
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. 4mo
Lmstraubie @SaturnDoo I never thought about the aspect of protecting her parents, though she does do that. Good point! 4mo
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) 4mo
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. 4mo
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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. 4mo
Peddler410 I agree with @sblbooks 4mo
TheBookHippie @sblbooks I agree. I see it happen a lot though. It‘s sad. 4mo
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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. 4mo
mrp27 This broke my heart, so maddening. 4mo
SaturnDoo @sblbooks agree. 4mo
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 4mo
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. 4mo
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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!! 4mo
sblbooks I agree (They're, their, there) 4mo
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. 4mo
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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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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. 4mo
LibrarianRyan English. Tenses, synonyms, antonyms, etc. and then add in slang and yikes. 4mo
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. 4mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW So true! It would be so beneficial. 4mo
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Peddler410 ❤️! I love that Mia recognizes books as friends. 4mo
sblbooks I can relate 😀 4mo
Amie Sounds like a good plan to me 😀 4mo
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TheBookHippie My childhood in one sentence !!!! 4mo
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. 4mo
Chelsibno Wow, she basically summed up my experience as a child, teenager, and young adult entering college. 4mo
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 😊 4mo
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. 4mo
TheBookHippie @Lmstraubie I turned out okay :) sometimes you just have to survive school. But I understand what you‘re saying! 4mo
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. 4mo
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 4mo
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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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. 4mo
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 4mo
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? 4mo
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 4mo
mrp27 @JaclynW Recess book club sounds like a great idea! 4mo
JaclynW @mrp27 I totally would have participated as a kid! I hated recess! 4mo
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. 4mo
JaclynW @Lmstraubie That's wonderful!! 4mo
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Peddler410 I think it might be easier to write about personal stories in a fiction format. Other authors have done that and later wrote their memoirs. 4mo
Amie You're free to be more creative with fiction. 4mo
sblbooks I think kids would be more likely to read a middle grade fiction novel, than a memoir. 4mo
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TheBookHippie @Peddler410 I agree. It isn‘t as taxing. Maybe she will later on. 4mo
mrp27 I think to reach children fiction is a better format. 4mo
Chelsibno Like @Peddler410 and @amie said, fiction is a bit easier to write because you can be more free and creative with it. You don‘t have to stick strictly to the facts and can imbue the story with entertaining scenes or events that are straight from your imagination. 4mo
SaturnDoo A lot of authors tend to do this. I agree that's it's probably easier to write fiction and readers are more likely to read fiction. Sometimes, the truth could still be very emotionally painful or hard for the author to cope with especially if it doesn't have a happy ending. Maybe there are plans for a Graphic memoir which I would ❤❤❤ to see. 4mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo I'd love to know more about which parts were true & which she added. Unfortunately the part about her mom getting hurt was true. She is writing a sequel do out next year. 4mo
mrp27 @Lmstraubie yay for a sequel 4mo
SaturnDoo @Lmstraubie yes!!! I saw that about the sequel ❤❤❤ I would love to see a Graphic Memoir too. Then we might know which parts were true😁 4mo
LibrarianRyan @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @Chelsibno @SaturnDoo Fiction allows you to sugar coat things and rearrange timeline to suit the needs of the reader. Plus it allows you to give a happy ending. 4mo
JaclynW @Peddler410 @amie @sblbooks @TheBookHippie @mrp27 @SaturnDoo @LibrarianRyan I agree that kids are more likely to pick up fiction and you can alter things to suit the flow and entertainment factor. But knowing it is loosely based on her life is hugely impactful and could lead to great discussions. This would be a wonderful class book or book to read at home with your kids for that reason. 4mo
LibrarianRyan @JaclynW I agree. 4mo
Peddler410 @JaclynW I completely agree! And it‘s why I read this the first time with/to my daughter. She‘s in a Chinese Immersion class so we made some connections through that aspect as well 😊 4mo
JaclynW @Peddler410 That's great that you were able to make those connections with your daughter! 4mo
JaclynW @Peddler410 Thanks for the link! How fascinating! 4mo
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 Thanks for the link! @JaclynW Such a good point! 4mo
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Lmstraubie
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Hey #mgbuddyread ers! I'm a little late, but here are the questions for this month's book! Looking forward to our discussion! @LibrarianRyan @amie @JaclynW @Peddler410 @sblbooks @Chelsibno @mrp27 @cwarnier @TheBookHippie @Daisey And anyone else who wants to join!! 😬

Daisey My summer has gotten hectic and I completely forgot to try to find a copy of this book. I‘ll hope to get back on track with these reads during the school year again. 4mo
SaturnDoo I wasn't able to join the discussion yesterday but going to now 😁 4mo
Lmstraubie @daisey No worries! I hope you get the chance to read it. She's writing a sequel do out next year. @SaturnDoo Glad you could join us! 4mo
JaclynW I'm a bit behind but I'm almost done with the book. I will catch up soon to the discussion. Thanks! 4mo
Lmstraubie No worries @JaclynW 🙂 Just be sure to tag anyone you might be responding to so they know you posted. 4mo
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UnabridgedPod
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I could not love Front Desk more. I was trying to explain to my husband all of the elements that made me love it--Mia's determination and resilience, her resistance of racism, her ceaseless efforts to help others, her maintenance of her own identity--and found myself gushing over almost every detail. There is SOOO much in Mia's story that speaks to the immigrant experience, to systemic poverty (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod (two roller coasters! those of you who've read the book know what I'm talking about), to people who will think outside the system and refuse compliance to do what is right. I'll be sharing this book ASAP with my twelve year old and can NOT wait to talk about it on the podcast for our Global Read Aloud episode (which is shaping up to be a long one--I have a lot to say!).⠀ 5mo
LibrarianRyan I‘m 1/2 way through and I agree. 5mo
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Lmstraubie
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Pouncer wants to remind you that the #mgbuddyread is this Sunday. Questions will be posted around 4:00 EST. Join in when you can! Questions? Post in the comments 🙂

AlaMich What a beautiful tuxedo boy! 😻 5mo
TheBookHippie Looks comfy!!!!! 4mo
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tjwill
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Kelly Yang announces today that there will be a sequel to Front Desk, published in 2020! (at ALA conference #alaac19)

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Abby2
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Mia chronicles her Chinese immigrants family, struggles to become successful in America. Great story.

Lmstraubie Our #mgbuddyread group will be discussing it this Sunday. Questions posted around 4:00 EST. You answer when you can. Hope you can join us! 5mo
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LitsyHappenings
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Repost for @Lmstraubie :
Thank you to everyone who participated in our #mgbuddyread slow chat during the month of May. Next up Front Desk! Discussion questions posted on June 30th around 4:00. Join in when you can! Questions? Post in the comments.

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Lmstraubie
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Thank you to everyone who participated in our #mgbuddyread slow chat during the month of May. Next up Front Desk! Discussion questions posted on June 30th around 4:00. Join in when you can! Questions? Post in the comments.

Peddler410 I love this book. Hoping to do a reread before the end of the month. 5mo
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JaclynW Thanks for organizing our great discussions! 5mo
mrp27 I read this one awhile ago but I look forward to the discussion! 5mo
Lmstraubie @mrp27 @Peddler410 Same here. Looking forward to seeing something different this time around. 5mo
Lmstraubie @JaclynW Thank you for participating! There wouldn't be any discussions if it weren't for you amazing Littens! 5mo
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ElishaLovesBooks
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What a fabulous middle grade book about what it was like to be an immigrant in America in the 1990‘s. Mia Tang and her parents are from China. One of the jobs they are able to be hired for is managing a motel in California. Largely biographical, the writing is fresh and lovely and just right for it‘s intended age group. And Mia is spunky and determined-while also describing the harsh realities of immigrant life and poverty.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Inspired by the author‘s own childhood, this MG book is a fantastic story of courage, perseverance, love, hope, & the families we‘re born into as well as the ones we make. It‘s a story of challenges & the dangers new immigrants often face, why tolerance & diversity are important & how embracing them makes our communities better. Most important, it‘s about a remarkable character, Mia Tang, who dreams big & refuses to let anything stand in her way.

SmartSassery Looks like a great one. 8mo
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Busy day in the library today but there‘s always time to read a few pages during lunch. We just got this MG book, which garnered rave reviews last year, in the library. Time to see what it‘s all about.

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Lindy
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At first, I found this #audiobook with its 10-year-old protagonist almost too hard to listen to: her Chinese immigrant parents are treated so unfairly & money is so tight. Mia is endearingly indefatigable, however, and her parents so generous with what little they have as they run a California hotel for a mean boss. In an afterword, the author explains that she was in the same situation as Mia as a child, making this story even more resonant.

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Lindy
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I‘ve been on a middle grade audiobook jag lately, with lots of wonderful non-white representation, but I‘ve been lax on reviewing. Let‘s see if if I can write about all four of these today...

Suzze I‘ve had Front Desk on my wish list. 9mo
Lindy @Suzze It‘s definitely worthy. 👍 9mo
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makingitupdaily
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This book effected me deeply. It is so filled with heart and heartbreak. As an adult my heart wrenched at so many parts. And the casual racism and bigotry the main character experiences made me seethe with rage. This is an own voice narrative and it is so important. Everyone should be reading this book.

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RealLifeReading
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I didn‘t know this until my kids went to kindergarten! They go to a mandarin immersion program. And I kept wondering why they said “qie zi” when posing for photos. “Cheese” in Chinese is “ru lao” which would make for a photo full of gaping mouths.

Susanita In Spanish some folks say “whiskey” instead of “queso” for the same reason. 9mo
LibrarianRyan That‘s very cool. 9mo
tournevis In French, the photographer just tells people to smile. There is always a funny one (usually an adult male) who will say "fromage", and we'll take the pic again. 9mo
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MicheleinPhilly The first time I went to Sweden to meet my in-laws, I was trying to speak Swedish as much as possible. I was taking a family photo and counted down and then told everyone to say, “Ost!” because that is cheese in Swedish. They still make fun of me to this day about it. It was almost 15 years ago. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 9mo
RealLifeReading @Susanita that makes a lot of sense! 9mo
RealLifeReading @LibrarianRyan it‘s been fun learning the substitutions for “cheese” in other languages too 9mo
HKGirl That is so interesting! In Hong Kong we'd usually say "siu," which is Cantonese for "smile." And the people in the photo would hold out the "i" sound longer, so that they'd be smiling properly in the photo. Occasionally I think someone may have said "ji si," which is the Cantonese transliteration of "cheese." But I'm not 100% sure my memory is correct on that. 9mo
RealLifeReading @tournevis there‘s always one of those!! 9mo
RealLifeReading @MicheleinPhilly it‘s a cute story though!! 😀 9mo
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jesseastin
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This is a fantastic middle reader book covering a timely subject of immigration. Mia‘s family leaves their professional jobs in China and try to make a new life in the US in the 1990‘s, with little support and poverty. It is remarkably upbeat, even with their challenges and the scariness of the loan sharks. I especially enjoyed the author‘s notes at the end.

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Peaceful_Reader
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This won an ALA award and my students have said great things. #diverse #multicultural

Peaceful_Reader This book is so intense and filled with great characters and a plot filled with hope. Would make a wonderful read aloud to help students understand the tenacity of humans and specifically the amazing immigrant population that has made America great for many years. #diverse #deepthoughts #hope 9mo
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85eliana
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#middlegradereads
We‘re reading this as a read aloud for our Fourth graders. I don‘t know if I‘ve ever seen a group get so into a read aloud. Every afternoon they cry, “noooo!” as we stop for the day and need to go home.
We read many immigration stories in Fourth grade because or primary social studies is a deep dive into immigration. This book really meets the kids right where they are.

sblbooks You should join us for this month's #mgbuddyread. We will be discussing this book. Questions are usually posted the last Sunday of each month. I'm hoping to start reading it this week. @Lmstraubie 5mo
85eliana Sounds great! Are they posted through the hashtag? 5mo
Lmstraubie @85eliana Yes! Our discussion will start this Sunday around 4:00ish EST join in when you can! We'd love to have you 🙂 Thanks @sblbooks 5mo
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JillPill
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This book is amazing. It needs more than five stars. Mia's story was heartbreaking (you will cry) and frustrating but I loved every second of it. I just wanted to hug her and her family and her found family from the hotel and help them all.

THIS BOOK GAVE ME TOO MANY FEELINGS. I still feel like crying about it even though I'm done reading it. So good.

#FrontDesk #KellyYang

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Amie
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Mia is a bold, idealistic, kind-hearted 5th-grader who immigrated to the US from China with her parents in the 1990s. They struggle to survive in their new country and end up managing a motel owned by a tyrant. This book expresses so much about the immigrant experience, family, and the human condition in general. It will touch your heart, make you smile, and maybe cause you to shed a few tears.

batsy And this cover is so great 🧡 9mo
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BookInMyHands
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This is one of those times where the cover of the book and the tone of the book are way off.

This is a complicated story of fifth grader Mia, a Chinese immigrant, and her parents. This is a fantastic middle-grade read about immigration, poverty, racism, friendship, community and so much more.

I absolutely loved this story!

#immigrationstories
78 of 100 #crossculturalstoriesread

Peddler410 I absolutely loved this story as well. I read it aloud to my 4th grader who is in a Chinese Immersion program at her school. It opened up so many great conversations! 11mo
BookInMyHands @Peddler410 Wow, what a great opportunity for your kiddo, and I love that this story led to more conversations. This might be my favorite middle-grade read for this year. 11mo
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Emily92Bibliophile
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What a POWERFUL story. Based off the author‘s own immigration to America, Mia experiences discrimination, bigotry, and racism from her new home. And yet despite it all she fights for justice & inclusion for all💙 I am not wealthy by any means - Middle of Middle Class I would say. Growing up money was tight & yet I had more than Mia did. I took/ have taken for granted many of the simplest luxuries I have in America. This is an amazing reminder ...

Emily92Bibliophile ⬇️ not everyone has the same luxuries. This is a MUST read for anyone and everyone - especially in our current political climate. There is change that needs to made, and discrimination, bigotry and racism have overstayed their place in America‘s History 💙🌎 (edited) 12mo
Cinfhen Great review 12mo
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Peddler410
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Loved this book! A Chinese immigrant family, trying to make ends meet. Mia is a wonderful narrator as she shares the experiences of her family, the “weeklies”, and other immigrant visitors to the motel.

Shared with my daughter who is in CI at school. Great for read-aloud with short chapters. Semi-autobio as the author experienced many of the situations.

Absolutely #huggable

Peddler410 I plan to get this for my library but I‘m a little concerned the cover will be off-putting to my middle schoolers 🤷‍♀️ 1y
Johanna414 I just got this in my library! 1y
Peddler410 @Johanna414 What grades do you serve? 1y
Johanna414 6-12. I always get a few upper elementary books in each order though because I have some very low readers 1y
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Chasingmermaids
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A great book that deals key issues of: immigration, racism, poor/working class, and more I‘m sure I‘m forgetting. High mark of approval: I cried at the end from pure happiness. I don‘t cry for books/movies/etc but this was an exception.

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Trying to get in the habit of being on here again. Here‘s my current read. I love it so much. Highly recommend!!!

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Lmstraubie
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An eye opening look at the immigrant experience from a kid's point of view. The story is based on many events the author herself experienced as a child.

monkeygirlsmama Cute cover. 1y
Peddler410 I‘m really looking forward to sharing this with my daughter! 1y
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Lmstraubie
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I've been hearing so much about this book. I'm glad to get my hands on it! I've been doing a lot of #middlegrade reading this month to better know my collection and find possible new additions to it.

Peddler410 I own that one! 1y
Lmstraubie @Peddler410 I'm only a few chapters in, but so far so good! 1y
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RebelGrrrl
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I got this book from my local library then promptly neglected to read it. I found out today that it was due two days ago and is on hold for someone, so I decided to power through this book so I can turn it in tomorrow! It was a wonderfully told story and I absolutely adored it. These pages are heartfelt and meaningful and relevant and no matter whether you're reading this as a tween/teen/adult, there is good insight for all ages.

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