Thursday, June 28, 2018

Front Desk

The We Need Diverse Books movement emphasizes the importance of readers being able to see themselves on the page. Kelly Yang's semi-autobiographical middle grade novel, Front Desk, will resonate with many readers who have been searching for a literary hero who has a life like theirs.

Mia's family moved from China to California with hopes of the American dream. That all came crashing down and they struggle to make ends meet while running the nasty Mr. Yao's motel, the Calivista. Despite the hardships, Mia perseveres and does her best to make her life better.

This novel tackles big topics like poverty, racism, and immigration, but it also focuses on how friends can look many different ways, parental relationships, and mean girls. This is the first novel I've read where a character receives free lunch at school, and there isn't a big deal made of it. I love Front Desk for that alone. Fortunately, there is much more to love.

When sharing this novel with my students, I will be sure to mention the author's insanely inspiring story.

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