Rated 5 stars ***** ARC. ebook. Scholastic. Front Desk #2. To be published September 15, 2020. (Includes “Author’s Note”).
Buying the Calivista Motel improved life for Mia, Lupe, their parents, the weeklies, and their immigrant shareholders. The girls are nervous about the upcoming gubernatorial election because anti-immigrant fervor was everywhere. Proposition 187 was on the ballot, which would not allow immigrants to go to school. If it passed, many students in their new sixth grade classroom would have to leave.
With their teacher against immigration, classmates choosing sides, racist signs appearing, and racist acts rising, the girls are in a quandary. Jason was doing his best to be friends with them, but his dad’s anti-immigrant stance was wearing thin on Mia. Out of frustration, she advertised that the hotel welcomed immigrants but her plan backfired as they began losing money. Worrying became the order of the day with her parents and investors worrying about money, Lupe worrying about her parents, Mia worrying about her teacher and her writing and everyone worrying about the hotel.
With Proposition 187 and facing worry in all directions, Jason, Mia, Lupe and the rest of the Calivista Motel family have to work to keep from sinking into despair over fear of the unknown.
Once again Yang uses her own experiences to make Mia’s story realistic. Unfortunately there is a correlation between anti-immigrant issues from Proposition 187, and anti-immigration stances adopted by the current President of the United States. Yang does a great job showing the immigrant point of view, which is so often forgotten when racism rears its ugly head. “Three keys” has a lot to say, and would promote enthusiastic discussion in a book club.
Highly recommended for ages 10-14.
I received a digital advance reading copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.