Author bio

Kelly Yang

Kelly Yang - book author

Kelly Yang is the award-winning author of FRONT DESK, winner of the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Children's Literature, PARACHUTES (forthcoming May 2020, Harpercollins) and other young adult and middle grade novels. She was born in China and grew up in Los Angeles. She went to college at the age of 13 and graduated from UC Berkeley at the age of 17 and Harvard Law School at the age of 20. After law school, she founded The Kelly Yang Project, a writing and debating program for children in Asia. Prior to becoming a novelist, she wrote for many years for the South China Morning Post, The New York Times, Washington Post, and the Atlantic.

Kelly Yang is the author of books: Front Desk, Parachutes


Author books

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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?
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Benjamin Rosenthal at HarperCollins/Tegen has acquired Front Desk author Kelly Yang's YA debut about “parachutes”: teenagers dropped off to live and study in the U.S. while their wealthy parents remain in Asia. Parachutes is a modern story of two immigrant girls on a collision course—one plucked from her privileged life in Shanghai and the other, a scholarship student determined to earn her way into an Ivy League school—as they grapple with life-altering experiences they wish they could erase.