Books Build Bridges is a community read program hosted by Hamilton East Public Library each fall to build community through shared experience, provide diverse reading opportunities and engage our community with noted authors.
Front Desk is based on author Kelly Yang's childhood experiences growing up in California where she helped her parents run a motel.
Mia Tang has a lot of secrets: Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests. Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they've been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed. Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language?
It will take all of Mia's courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?
Join Kelly Yang at the Fishers Library for an author talk followed by a Q&A session and book signing to conclude this year’s Books Build Bridges experience.
Pick up a complimentary copy of Front Desk
at the Fishers or Noblesville Library beginning August 15, while supplies last. Copies are also available for checkout at the libraries or through HEPL’s digital collections.