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Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants--not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao's son, Jason.
Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Inc., 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781338157796
Characteristics: 286 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Asian/Pacific American Award Medalist for Children's Literature

Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2018.

Meet ten-year-old Mia Tang, a Chinese immigrant. After a couple years of struggling to make ends meet in America, the Tangs are sure they’ve hit the jackpot when they’re offered the opportunity to manage the Calavista Motel in Southern California – money and a free place to live! But when they ar... Read More »

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