Adored every second of this book that made me feel every single emotion. Officially my new favorite kid in literature.
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!
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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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)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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 ...
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.
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.
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.