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...
1. 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!
2. The motel is struggling, and Mia has to answer to the Calivista's many, many worried investors.
3. 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!
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 \ndiscrimination, 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 entr e 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. Ages 8 12. \n
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I 100% recommend this book if you have already read front desk it was really good.