Join Kelly Yang online for a live discussion Saturday, Dec. 12

Tune in Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. for a live online discussion with Kelly Yang, author of Loudoun County Public Library's 2020 1book 1community pick, Front Desk.

To watch this live Webex event, simply click here shortly before 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12. (Password if needed: LCPL). If you're using a mobile device, please download the Webex app for either Android or Apple. If you're using a computer, you may have to download Webex to access the event. 

Have a question for Kelly? Email it in advance to and you'll be entered into a drawing for a prize.

Free copies of Front Desk are available in branches, or you can read the eBook on OverDrive or the Libby app through Saturday, Dec. 12.

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WHAT: Join Kelly Yang online for a live discussion 
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 12, 7-8 p.m. 
WHERE: Webex (Password: LCPL) 

Participants may send questions for Kelly in advance to


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, 10-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?

Front Desk is the winner of the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature and the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Fiction Award, and has landed on best-of lists from NPR, Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post, Amazon, School Library Journal and many others.


Front Desk is aimed at 4th through 8th Grade, but is appropriate for ages 8 and older.

Caregivers and teachers can find supplemental writing prompts, videos and activities on the Front Desk website, along with a downloadable family discussion guide.


Yang immigrated to America when she was 6 and grew up in Southern California, where she and her parents worked in three different motels. She eventually left the motels and went to college at the age of 13 and law school at the age of 17. She is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in Political Science, and Harvard Law School. After law school, she gave up law to pursue her passion of writing and teaching children writing. In addition to Front Desk, Yang is also the author of Three Keys (the sequel to Front Desk) and her debut YA novel Parachutes.

About 1book 1community

1book 1community is Loudoun County Public Library’s annual countywide reading program that promotes community dialogue and understanding through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book.

The program is made possible by the Irwin Uran Gift Fund. The Irwin Uran Gift Fund was established in 1999 through a $1 million gift from the philanthropist Irwin Uran. Mr. Uran’s gift to the Loudoun County Public Library supports the purchase of materials and programs that “create better understanding between all people.” Irwin Uran died in 2007 leaving a legacy of humanitarian contributions that has affected the lives of thousands of people.


2019: Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

2018: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

2017: Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

2016: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

2015: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

2014: Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

2013: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

2012: When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka

2011: Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick

2010: Bicycles: Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni

2009: The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis

2008: Nothing But the Truth by Avi

2007: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

2006: The Giver by Lois Lowry

2005: Witness by Karen Hesse

2004: The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal