• Three Keys

  • Front Desk, Book 2
  • By: Kelly Yang
  • Narrated by: Sunny Lu
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (154 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The story of Mia and her family and friends at the Calivista Motel continues in this powerful, hilarious, and resonant sequel to the award-winning novel Front Desk

Mia Tang thinks she's going to have the best year ever. She and her parents are the proud owners of the Calivista Motel, Mia gets to run the front desk with her best friend, Lupe, and she's finally getting somewhere with her writing! 

But as it turns out, sixth grade is no picnic....

  1. Mia's new teacher doesn't think her writing is all that great. And her entire class finds out she lives and works in a motel! 
  2. The motel is struggling, and Mia has to answer to the Calivista's many, many worried investors. 
  3. A new immigration law is looming and if it passes, it will threaten everything - and everyone - in Mia's life. 

It's a roller coaster of challenges, and Mia needs all of her determination to hang on tight. But if anyone can find the key to getting through turbulent times, it's Mia Tang!

©2020 Kelly Yang (P)2020 Scholastic Inc.

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I thought that the book was the best book ever.I loved this book it was great. (10 year old reviewer)

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A wonderful book to teach kids about immigration and compassion

My children and I are hooked on the Front Desk series. When they listened ahead without me I needed to go back to catch up — not some I often do with my kids’ books. This one provoked meaningful conversations about compassion, kindness and the importance of standing up for human rights.

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Excellent follow up to Front Desk

I liked that it followed Front Desk which I read several years ago and this brought it all back! Great details and friendship ups and downs.

This is probably fir ages 10 and up

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I learned so many new things ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Loved it! I enjoyed the learning side of it, and how our country was born

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Critical Race Theory Book

My kids loved the first book. We listen before bed. I was appalled at this book. Her parents were denied a loan from a bank and concluded it was become of racism. I’m Filipino and business owner. That’s absurd. Everyone knows the banks only make business loans to people who don’t really need it. That happens all day everyday of the week. This whole book is trying to plant the seeds in our kids that America is racist. Outrageous. If you don’t work hard, then you’ll go no where. It’s not because someone didn’t like you because you are Asian American. America gave my immigrant parents the chance at a better life.

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Captivating...Wow...Just wow! 🤩

I was introduced to the Front Desk series 2 years ago and I have been emotionally moved. If you haven't already, I strongly recommend that you read Front Desk by Kelly Yang first. This book literally brought tears to my eyes. It’s moving and so inspirational how the author precisely explains events with so much EMOTION! The way the words are written, the hidden message and the reality of Mia's problems are so captivating. 10/10! Amazing!!!

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I did not expect this...

I did not expect such an amazing powerful book after Front Desk. I thought Front Desk would be the best of the series. This book is amazing, should be read by every teacher and in every classroom.

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Entertaining & Informative

I listened to this with my kids and we loved it!! What great messages Kelly Yang illustrates throughout this book.

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Sooo sooo good Even for a 11 year old.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 because it is so informative and I think that every one should learn about what so many of the people in our country are going through today.
Though this story is fiction, so many things are actually happening right now right before our eyes. So many children are at the United States, Mexico border with the hope that they will see there parents again drying in the eyes. These children came with there parents in the dream of a better life but sadly most have been separated from those that they love. I do really think that this book would help teach children and adults what coming to this country to start a new life really is all about.

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Three Keys

This is one of my favorite books ever. Last school year I read front desk and I loved it. I hope that Kelly Yang writes more for this series.