The book “Front Desk” is a very memorable story written by Kelly Yang. It tells about 10-year-old Mia Tang and her struggles as she moves from China to California. Mia wants to enter an essay contest to win a motel for her family. She thinks that this will change her family’s luck in California. She uses all of her pennies and her dad’s lucky pennies to get $300 to enter.

 When her mom finds out what Mia wants to do, she tells her to just stick to math because her English writing skills are not good enough. Even though her mom thinks that she can not do it, Mia enters the contest because she knows that her family would benefit from the motel.

I enjoyed the different points of view that were included in this story. Some of my favorite characters were Mr. Yao, the bossy and wealthy motel owner, and the main character, Mia, a kind fifth-grade girl whose family struggles financially as they live in and work at the Calivista Motel. The story is told in such a way that it creates vivid images of the characters and events included in the book.

 The moral of the story is that even if you have challenges, you can rise above them with the support of good friends. I recommend the book “Front Desk” because it’s a very interesting story with unexpected twists. This book is the first in a series, so you can continue to read more about Mia in “New From Here” and “Room to Dream.”

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