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New York Times bestselling author Kelly Yang is back with another heartwarming and inspiring story of Mia and friends!

Mia Tang is going for her dreams!

After years of hard work, Mia Tang finally gets to go on vacation with her family -- to China! A total dream come true! Mia can't wait to see all her cousins and grandparents again, especially her cousin Shen. As she roams around Beijing, witnessing some of the big changes China's going through, Mia thinks about the changes in her own life, like . . .

1. Lupe's taking classes at the high school! And Mia's own plans to be a big writer are . . . stuck.

2. Something happened with Jason and Mia has no idea what to do about it.

3. New buildings are popping up all around the motel, and small businesses are disappearing.

Can the Calivista survive? Buckle up! Mia is more determined than ever to get through the turbulence, now that she finally has . . . room to dream!

About the Author


Kelly Yang is the author of Front Desk, which won the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature and was chosen a Best Book of the Year by multiple publications, including NPR, the Washington Post, and the New York Public Library. Kelly's family immigrated to the United States from China when she was a young girl, and she grew up in California, in circumstances very similar to those of Mia Tang. She eventually left the motels and went to college at the age of 13, and is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She is the founder of The Kelly Yang Project, a leading writing and debating program for children in Asia and the United States. Her writing has been published in the South China Morning Post, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic. To learn more about her and the Front Desk books, visit frontdeskthebook.com.

Praise For…


Awards and Praise for Front Desk:

Parents' Choice Gold Medal Fiction Award Winner

NPR Best Books of the Year

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

Publishers WeeklyBest Books of the Year

Washington PostBest Books of the Year

Amazon Best Books of the Year

School Library JournalBest Books of the Year

Bookpage Best Books of the Year

New York Public Library Best Books of the Year

Chicago Public Library Best Books of the Year

Top Ten Debut Novels 2018 - ALA Booklist

* "Much-needed." -- Booklist, starred review

* "Empowered." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Swiftly-moving." -- School Library Journal, starred review

* "Powerful" -- Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, starred review



Awards and Praise for Front Desk:

Parents' Choice Gold Medal Fiction Award Winner

NPR Best Books of the Year

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year

Publishers WeeklyBest Books of the Year

Washington PostBest Books of the Year

Amazon Best Books of the Year

School Library JournalBest Books of the Year

Bookpage Best Books of the Year

New York Public Library Best Books of the Year

Chicago Public Library Best Books of the Year

Top Ten Debut Novels 2018 - ALA Booklist

* "Much-needed." -- Booklist, starred review

* "Empowered." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Swiftly-moving." -- School Library Journal, starred review

* "Powerful" -- Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books, starred review



Product Details
ISBN: 9781338621129
ISBN-10: 1338621122
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 21st, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English

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Displacement is simply incredible. This story follows a young girl, Kiku, living in San Fransisco who has been making small efforts to connect with her Japanese American descent, when suddenly, Kiku begins to be whisked away in time and place—what she calls being “displaced”—and she realizes she is being pulled into the time of Japanese American incarceration during WWII. These displacements keep happening, until suddenly, Kiku is trapped in the past. She is displaced into a Japanese incarceration camp, and must learn to live during this terrible time and place for her fellow Japanese Americans, without knowing if she’ll ever return. This graphic novel is so quietly powerful and so superbly genius in the way it tells the story. Kiku discusses these displacements and how horrifying it is to be taken from her home and unsure of when she’ll ever get back—which functions as a perfect allegory to the very experience of those Japanese Americans who were taken from their homes and their lives wrongfully, without knowing where they were going or how long they’d be there. It connects the reader to this painful, real experience in an amazing way. This graphic novel is also deeply educational, taking you through many facets and details of the experience of those Japanese Americans who lived through these camps, while also pointing out how limited public education is around this terrible part of our American history. Displacement will stay with me forever; this gem is a must-have for any graphic novel collection, and an extremely important read for all Americans.

(Graphic Novel, Ages 10+) - reviewed by Isabel