|Room to dream (Front Desk Novel)
Author: Yang, Kelly
After years of hard work, Mia Tang finally gets to go on vacation with her family -- to China! A total dream come true! Mia can't wait to see all her cousins and grandparents again, especially her cousin Shen. As she roams around Beijing, witnessing some of the big changes China's going through, Mia thinks about the changes in her own life.
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|Accelerated Reader Information:
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 10.0 Quiz: 513046
Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/15/21)
Booklist (+) (09/01/21)
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Booklist - 09/01/2021 *Starred Review* Chinese American Mia Tang returns in this entertaining, well-paced third installment in the beloved Front Desk series. Mia and her best friends, Lupe and Jason, are now in seventh grade and are each dealing with how to find their own path. Lupe is now taking advanced classes at the high school while Jason pursues his culinary passion. Mia, meanwhile, is trying to find her way as a writer—while also figuring out how to deal with an unwanted kiss from Jason. When she goes on a six-week trip to China with her parents and family friend Hank, they learn how much China and their family have changed. After returning to California, they are shocked to learn that their motel business is getting crushed by a huge, new, corporate-run motel next door. Mia must learn how to use her voice, both for herself and so she can stand up for small local businesses. Flawed, strong, and brave, Mia is a believable and relatable heroine. Yang sensitively presents issues like racism, consent, and gentrification in an accessible and engaging manner. An author’s note, pointing out autobiographical aspects of the book and showcasing a sampling of early stories, add even more richness. While this is enjoyable on its own, the adventures of Mia and her family and friends are best treasured in series order. Highly recommended for all middle-grade collections. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.