Happy World Book Day: Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Photo credits: Scholastic Canada, Kelly Yang's Twitter (@kellyyanghk)

So apparently, today is WORLD BOOK DAY! But, legit *every day* is World Book Day for us over here at Little Kozzi, soo... ๐Ÿคช

Rather than the usual books you see here, I thought I'd do something a little different and talk about an English book I read two days ago that I really loved, and would HIGHLY recommend ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡


๐Ÿ›Ž Front Desk ๐Ÿ›Ž by Kelly Yang

Fortunately, this recommendation still feels very on brand since itโ€™s a childrenโ€™s book (albeit a middle-grader chapter book) and itโ€™s written by a Chinese American author (yay representation ๐Ÿ™Œ)

Told from the perspective of a feisty and resourceful girl named Mia, the story revolves around an immigrant Chinese family who moved to the US in the 90s, in search for a freer life, with literally just 200 bucks in their pockets.

Itโ€™s juvenile fiction, so itโ€™s a quick & easy read! I read it all in one sitting in ~4 hours after my son went to bed a few nights ago.

Given the audience it was written for, the plot moved fast. But I love how it managed to weave in so many interesting social issues such as racism, classism, and poverty... in a light-hearted and entertaining way.

There are so many quotable gems in this book!! And while it is NOT a sad book at all, I found myself tearing up several times from some really heartwarming scenes โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ญ

If it matters to you, this is a ~Scholastic Gold~ book (which apparently means that itโ€™s part of a line of award winning children's books).

I highly recommend this if you have children at chapter book reading level. Itโ€™s an awesome way to introduce how many people out there grapple with systemic racism, classism, and poverty every single day of their lives ๐Ÿ˜ข

Even if you donโ€™t have kids, itโ€™s a good one to binge on in one (or two) sittings as an adult. I certainly did ๐Ÿ™‚

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