Kelly Yang is the New York Times bestselling author of “Front Desk,” the first book in the Front Desk series aimed at middle-grade readers. The book is Yang’s debut novel about a 10-year-old Chinese-American immigrant girl who manages the front desk of a motel while her parents clean the rooms. The Front Desk series also includes “Three Keys,” and "Room to Dream."

Yang immigrated to America when she was six years old. Growing up in Southern California, she and her parents worked in three different motels. She eventually quit her work at the motels to attend college at the age of 13 and law school at the age of 17. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School. After law school, she decided to give up law to pursue her passion for writing and teaching children. She later founded the Kelly Yang Project, a leading writing and debating program for children in Asia. 

Her new book, “New from Here,” is a poignant middle-grade novel about courage, hope, and resilience, as an Asian American boy fights to keep his family together and stands up to racism during the initial outbreak of the coronavirus.

Yang was awarded the 2019 Asian/Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature and describes herself as “living, walking proof in the power of libraries and librarians to change lives.” Her writing has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic. 


Kelly Yang Book cover - New From Here