Rakestraw Books presents Kelly Yang & "Key Player" at local schools

Kelly Yang, Key Player

Rakestraw Books is thrilled to bring award-winning and NYT best-selling author Kelly Yang to local schools with the latest addition to her very popular Front Desk series, Key Player!

Front Desk received 4 starred reviews and was on over 10 best-of-year lists.  Here's a summary: Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang's parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them. While her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants--not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao's son, Jason.

In Key Player, the 4th book in the series, the World Cup is coming to Southern California, and everyone is soccer-crazy -- especially Mia Tang! The U.S. is playing China in the finals, and Mia feels like her two identities are finally coming together. Less exciting, though? The fact that her P.E. teacher wants Mia to get out on the soccer field, too -- or fall short of the grade she needs to earn a spot at journalism camp. But as always, Mia is ready with a plan: she'll track down the two women's teams, interview them, and write an A-grade article for P.E. instead! As Mia aims for her goals, she'll have to face prejudice, discrimination, and her own fears. But if anyone can find a way to win, it's Mia Tang!

We are offering SIGNED BOOKS and FREE SCHOOL DELIVERY! To qualify for free delivery to your school, the order must be placed by 9PM on on Monday, 12 September. Select School Event Delivery during checkout and in the Comment Box note the name of school, student, and teacher. You can also select in-store pickup or purchase in-store anytime.

Order your SIGNED copies below.

New to the Front Desk series?  Save $3.50 (10% discount!) by buying the 1st three books in the series (Front Desk, Room to Dream, and Three Keys).  We'll adjust the price when we process your order. She'll sign these books, too!


[Top photo from left to right: Kelly Yang, Key Player final cover art]

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - 8:30am to 3:00pm
Event address: 
Local Schools
Danville, CA 94526
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