The story of Mia and her family and friends at the Calivista Motel continues in this powerful, hilarious, and resonant sequel to the award-winning novel Front Desk!
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...
Mia's new teacher doesn't think her writing is all that great. And her entire class finds out she lives and works in a motel!
The motel is struggling, and Mia has to answer to the Calivista's many, many worried investors.
A new immigration law is looming and if it passes, it will threaten everything -- and everyone -- in Mia's life.
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!
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Awards for Front Desk
WINNER 2019 - Asian / Pacific American Award for Literature
WINNER 2018 - Parents' Choice Gold Medal Fiction
WINNER 2018 - Bookstagram Choice Awards Best Diverse Middle Grade Fiction
WINNER 2019 - Chinese American Librarians Association CALA Best Book Award
2019 Global Read Aloud Middle Grade Fiction
2019 New York Historical Society Children's History Book Prize Honor Book
2019 E.B. White Read Aloud Award Honor Book
2019 Project Lit Selection Middle Grade Selection
NOMINEE 2019 - Kentucky Bluegrass Children's Book Award
NOMINEE 2020 - North Carolina Children's Book Award
NOMINEE 2019 - Oklahoma Sequoyah Children's Book Award
NOMINEE 2019 - Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award
NOMINEE 2019 - Virginia Reader's Choice Award
NOMINEE 2019 - Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award
NOMINEE 2019 - Rhode Island Children's Book Award
NOMINEE 2020 - North Dakota Flicker Tale Book Award
WINNER 2019 - Michigan YouPer (Young Person) Award
BEST OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS 2019 - Bank Street Children's Book Committee
BEST OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS 2018 - Kirkus Reviews
BEST OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS 2018 - Publisher’s Weekly
BEST OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS 2018 - Washington Post
BEST OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS 2018 - NPR
BEST OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS 2018 - Amazon
BEST OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS 2018 - NBC
BEST OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS 2018 - School Library Journal
BEST OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS 2018 - New York Public Library
BEST OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS 2018 - Chicago Public Library
BEST OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS 2018 - Book Page
BEST OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS 2018 - The News & Observer
BEST OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS 2018 - Huffington Post
BEST BOOKS OF 2018 - Center for the Study of Multiculural Children's Literature
SEMI-FINALIST 2018 - Goodreads Choice Awards Best Middle Grade Fiction
MIDDLE GRADE FICTION EDITOR'S CHOICE 2018 - ALA Booklist
NOTABLE BOOK 2019 - Association for Library Service to Children
NOMINEE 2019 - Georgia Children's Book Awards
TOP TEN DEBUT NOVELS 2018 - ALA Booklist for Young Adults
TEN DIVERSE MIDDLE GRADE NOVELS 2018 - Inculture Parent
RECOMMENDED BOOKS 2018 - San Francisco Chronicle
SELECTED 2020 - Wisconsin Golden Archer Battle of the Books
SELECTED 2018 - Kid's Indie Next List "Great Reads for Kids"
SELECTED 2018 - Junior Library Guild Fall 2018 Title