Front Desk

Kelly Yang


Walker Books

August 2018

$17.99 AU

320p pb

ISBN: 978-1760650469

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Front Desk is a great book about a 10-year-old Chinese immigrant and her parents moving from China to the United States of America. They are very poor and have seen an ad in the newspaper of an opportunity to get to manage a motel with minimal pay. The owner of the motel, Mr. Yao, is a rich Chinese man that is extremely selfish. He doesn’t care for their money issues and cuts their pay for a second time. Mia’s mum and dad clean and manage the motel and Mia runs the front desk. Mia Tang goes through a lot of obstacles to try and support her family as best she can.

I absolutely loved this book because not only does it have a great story line but, it’s an incredible true story and it really goes to show how people live their lives in poverty. It is very descriptive and easy to follow. 

Front Desk is an amazing book that teachers you about friendships through the characters in the book and how it doesn’t matter who you are and what you look like, everyone should be treated with the same respect. I also really liked the sayings in this book, such as “You can’t win if you don’t play the game”. You can learn a lot of life skills and messages throughout this story.

I recommend this book to anyone aged 10 and up or interested in the struggles of others and how many challenges people face in order to survive and make a living.

Charlotte, age 12


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