Winner of the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature

New York Times Bestseller!

Mia Tang has a secret . . .

Actually, a lot of secrets. She doesn't live in a house like her friends. She doesn't have a dog. Instead, Mia and her parents live and work in a motel! 


"Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." 

-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This book will help foster empathy for the immigrant experience for young readers, while for immigrant children, it is a much-needed and validating mirror….Deserving of shelf space in every classroom and library."

-- Booklist, starred review

"Reminiscent of the television series Fresh Off the Boat, this title is an honest account of the ups and downs of immigrant life in America in the early 1990s. " 

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

      "A swiftly moving plot and a winsome protagonist make this a first purchase for any collection, especially where realistic fiction is in demand."

--School Library Journal, starred review

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