ANNND another middle grade novel: Front Desk by Kelly Yang! It was released at the end of May 2018.
Front Desk tells the story of 10-year-old Mia Tang. Every day, Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel while her parents clean the rooms. She’s proud of her job. She loves the guests and treats them like family. When one of the guests gets into trouble with the police, it shakes Mia to her core. Her parents, meanwhile, hide immigrants in the empty rooms at night. If the mean motel owner Mr. Yao finds out, they’ll be doomed!
It was a very interesting collaborative process with my AD Maeve Norton and I love the cover we ended up with. Here shown are the first and second round of sketching, as well as the backcover.
Kelly’s debut novel received a lot of fantastic reviews everywhere, definitely a must-read for kids!
Circe by Madeline Miller deserves all the stars: ★★★★★
Lush storytelling, wicked monsters, Greek mythology, a wonderfully complex heroine and so much adventuring. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Damn, it was good. (And bonus: Look at that cover. Love.)