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  1 Three Keys
Author: Yang, Kelly
    Series: Front desk novel, #2
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Class: Fiction
Age: 8-12
Language: English
Descriptors: Reprint
Demand: Hot
LC: PZ7.1
Grade: 3-7
ISBN-13: 9781338591385
LCCN: BD20212169
Imprint: Scholastic Press
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
Pub Date: 09/15/2020
Availability: Available
List: $17.99
Physical Description: 271 pages ; 22 cm H 8.25", W 5.5"
LC Series: A front desk novel
Brodart Sources: Brodart's Diverse Juvenile Books, ages 7-12
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Awards: Booklist Starred Reviews
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Starred Reviews: Booklist
Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
TIPS Subjects: Social Life and Customs
Social Issues
BISAC Subjects: JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
LC Subjects: Emigration and immigration law, Fiction
Emigration and immigration law, Juvenile fiction
Hotels, motels, etc., Fiction
Hotels, motels, etc., Juvenile fiction
Sixth grade (Education), Fiction
Sixth grade (Education), Juvenile fiction
SEARS Subjects: Hotels and motels, Fiction
Immigration and emigration, Fiction
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Brodart's TOP Juvenile Titles | 09/01/2020
Publisher Annotation: Mia Tang thinks she's going to have the best year ever. She and her parents are the proud owners of the Calivista Motel, Mia gets to run the front desk with her best friend, Lupe, and she's finally getting somewhere with her writing! But as it turns out, sixth grade is no picnic... It's a roller coaster of challenges, and Mia needs all of her determination to hang on tight. But if anyone can find the key to getting through turbulent times, it's Mia Tang! Front desk novel series, 288pp.
Starred Reviews:
Booklist | 08/01/2020
Grades 4-7. In this sequel to 2018's beloved Front Desk, things are looking up for Mia as she enters sixth grade. Her family of first-generation Chinese immigrants now owns the booming Calivista Motel, which she and her best friend, Mexican immigrant Lupe, help run, but life is soured by the rise of a political campaign fueled by racism and xenophobia. This historical novel is set during California's 1994 gubernatorial race and the vote on Proposition 187, which threatened to prohibit undocumented immigrants from public education and other services. It's no accident that Yang focuses on events that reflects the attitudes reigning in today's politics. In an increasingly hostile community, at school and abroad, Mia and her friends encounter a rising tide of microaggressions and hate crimes--all based on true events, according to the stirring afterword--and after Lupe's undocumented father is jailed under threat of deportation, they must find a way to sway public opinion and keep her family from being separated. Yang carries on prominent themes of the first book, arguably to greater effect here. She has a remarkable talent for relating serious--even traumatic--issues in a way that won't trigger readers, grounding the well-paced story in the struggles, doubts, and deep love between Mia's friends and family. A more-than-worthy sequel, full of hope and heart, even in the darkest of times. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Yang made a joyful splash in the world of middle-grade with her Asian/Pacific American Award-winning Front Desk, and fans will be eager for this timely sequel. Ronny Khuri. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2020.
Kirkus Reviews | 06/01/2020
Sixth grader Mia Tang returns to battle racism in this thrilling sequel to the Asian/Pacific American Award-winning Front Desk (2018). The Tangs, who emigrated from China when Mia was little, are now the proud owners of the Calivista Motel. Mia works the front desk along with her friends Lupe Garcia, who is Mexican, and Jason Yao, who is Chinese. Her world quickly becomes clouded by the upcoming election, in which California's Prop 187, which would ban undocumented immigrants from access to health care and public schooling, is on the ballot. The author's note highlights personal experiences with racism and provides additional information on this historic vote. The storyline expertly weaves together the progress and setbacks Mia experiences as her family continues to work, seemingly endlessly on the edge of poverty. Lupe reveals that her family is undocumented, creating a portrait of fear as her father is jailed. The impending vote has significant consequences for all immigrants, not just the Garcias, as racial threats increase. With the help of a cast of strong supporting characters, Mia bravely uses her voice and her pen to change opinions-with family, friends, teachers, and even voters. The lessons she learns helping her friends become the key to addressing racism, as one wise friend advises: "You gotta listen, you gotta care, and most importantly, you gotta keep trying." Don't miss this brave hero as she confronts anti-immigrant hatred in a timely historical novel. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12). 288pg. KIRKUS MEDIA LLC, c2020.
Publishers Weekly | 07/27/2020
Ages 8-12. Aspiring writer Mia Tang, 11, returns in this complex yet accessible middle grade novel, the sequel to Yang's Front Desk. Newly named co-owners of the Calivista Motel in Anaheim, Calif., the Tangs are "on the good rollercoaster now," having escaped the authoritarian rule of former owner Mr. Yao. But their financial security is not guaranteed, and burgeoning racist sentiments and hate crimes--involving the impending 1994 gubernatorial election and one candidate's bill proposing to "kick undocumented children out of California schools"--only make matters worse. As Mia and her family and friends face numerous instances of discrimination, they must concurrently inhabit the liminal spaces of being immigrants of color in America, interrogating exactly what it means to believe in justice, fight for their dreams, and belong in a country that seems to resent them. Yang expertly presents resonant themes--including privilege, assimilation, and solidarity--in nuanced ways, providing an entree into contemporary issues for even the most uninformed young readers. Engaging with a political climate that is similar to current times, Mia is the compassionate, action-driven heroine today's readers deserve. An author's note reveals Yang's personal inspiration and extensive research. Agent: Tina Dubois, ICM Partners. (Sept.). 288p. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2020.