Genre: Realistic Fiction
Review By: Zayden Mirchandani
Age: 11 years
School: Singapore American School
? A Chinese immigrant family moves to the U.S.A for a better life. The 12-year-old daughter, Mia Tang, is the main character and we see the story through her eyes. Her parents get a job at a motel as managers, but the owner of the motel, Mr. Yao, is a tyrant and doesn’t care about their well-being and always tries to con his way out of paying them their salary.
? Mia’s family lives in the motel and makes friends with the long-term residents. Mia goes to public school with the hotel owner’s son, who is just as mean as his dad, and she meets a new friend called Lupe, who turns out to have some secrets.
? This book has a turn of events that is deeply moving. Since Mia’s parents were always busy with cleaning the motel and washing clothes, Mia made herself assistant manager and manned the front desk. Mia realizes that the front desk can be dangerous when a drunk man tries to break-in to the motel. And that’s not all, Mia’s parents hide poor immigrants in the rooms, and if Mr. Yao ever found out, that would be the end. But Mia perseveres and ends up accomplishing her dream of having an amazing life in America, making new friends, getting a job, and one more big surprise…
My Favorite Part:?
I enjoyed the fact that every time something bad happened to Mia or somebody tried to put her down, she would always rebound and get back up again. A part that I enjoyed was when Mia Tang wrote a letter to a shopping mall that had a job opening, recommending her jobless friend who lived in the motel.
What I Learnt:?
Never judge a book by its cover, because when I first saw this book, at the library. “Front Desk”, I wasn’t going to read it because the cover looked boring. But when I saw the librarian put the book on the “Must-ReadShelf” I knew I had to read it.
This book has a beautiful storyline about real-world problems, and how someone tries to put an end to them, even though that someone is just a child.
So in conclusion, “Front Desk” is a great book for all ages that conveys a deeper meaning than it portrays at first.
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