Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Love (1)


I’m starting a day late, but for the month of May I’ll be sharing some of my favorite reads by/about Asians/Asian Americans. Starting next week, I’ll be posting on Tuesdays and Thursday. Please feel free to share your favorites in the comments! I’m always behind on my reading and I don’t want to miss any great books!

Debut author Kelly Yangย is coming out with a four-star middle grade novel, Front Desk (Scholastic/Arthur A Levine Books). Though this book doesn’t release until May 29, be sure to pre-order now because you don’t want to miss this. I was fortunate enough to get an ARC (Advance Review Copy), and I’m definitely buying the hard cover to add to my home library. So, I’m going to send the ARC to one lucky winner. Just comment on this post by Sunday, May 6 by noon EST and I’ll randomly draw a name. US mailing addresses only.

Mia Tang at 10 years old has a big sense of responsibility, helping her parents run a motel for a crooked and mean property owner. Mia takes over running the front desk while her parents run themselves ragged taking care of the motel. This was not at all the life Mia and her family expected when they came over from China. While Mia makes friends with the weeklies who live at the motel, she runs afoul of Jason Yao, the son of the mean motel owner. Mia sees and experiences first hand discrimination and cruelty and she tries to make things right. Based on the author’s childhood, this story broke my heart and put it back together again. I absolutely loved this book!

Comment below for a chance to win the ARC and to read it before the release date! Be sure to sign in with or share your email address so I can contact you if you win!

EDITED TO ADD: The winner of the ARC giveaway (using a random number generator) is Kristin C! Congratulations! Thank you to everyone for entering! I’ll be running more giveaways in the future!

21 responses »

  1. I love when an author takes the time to talk up someone else’s new work. Thanks for a whole post of shout out for Front Desk. Kelly Yang’s debut sounds like a great choice for our summer program read aloud. My first time on your blog. Looking forward to your suggestions all month and beyond.

  2. Iโ€™m interested in this book as someone who immigrated with her parents from China. I never had to help out with a family business but we had friends who ran a corner story and the storyline reminded me a bit of them. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations to Kelly!

  3. This book is phenomenal, and Iโ€™m excited to use it in my fifth grade classroom. Empathy, activism, and empowerment! Thanks for the chance to win a copy~ I think we will need all we can get. Kids will devour this one.

  4. I need to get a copy of this one! So many people I know (and whose opinions I respect) are talking about it!!

  5. Thanks for hosting the contest, Debbi. I would love to win this book. And congratulations to you for landing on the 2018 CCBC Choices List.

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