Mia Tang has a lot of secrets.
Number one: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, 10-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests.
Number two: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they've been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed.
Number three: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language?
It will take all of Mia's courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?
"Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
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- Anne Macdonell
This book is a winner. Don’t miss it!
This is a very very special book with the perfect narration to match the story. A book for our times. Funny, sad, joyful. For all ages from 5th grade to adults.
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Terrific Middle Grade
Loved this story. The main character is so vibrant and tirelessly fights against personal and societal injustices. There were some parts of the story that blew me away - “you are/are mnot a bike” is probably the most memorable one. There were one or two subplots that felt slightly unbelievable but I suspended disbelief because Mia was such an indomitable character.
The reader of the story did a wonderful job. I particularly loved hearing the Chinese American accents and Mia’s voice was great as a middle schooler