For most of her life, Kelly Yang kept a secret. After her family immigrated to the U.S. from China, her parents worked in a motel in Anaheim, California. They also lived in the motel, not in a house like other families. Yang never saw anyone like her on TV or in books, so she thought people might think her life was weird.
In 2018, Yang wrote her first novel, Front Desk. The main character, Mia Tang, is a young immigrant who uses her writing to stand up for people. Finally, there was a character Yang saw herself in. She hopes other kids do too.