For Kids and Their Grown-Ups: Author Spotlight: Kelly Yang

Created by Laura Frantz, collection development librarian

One of the most eagerly awaited middle grade releases this year was Kelly Yang’s “New From Here.” It tells the story of 10-year-old Knox Wei-Evans, whose family moves from Hong Kong to California due to the coronavirus. And as racism skyrockets during COVID-19, his family struggles to stay together and stand up to hate. It received rave reviews and made its way to the top of “The New York Times” bestseller list. Add this one to the top of the TBR list.

Yang’s debut novel, “Front Desk,” was published in 2018 and drew on her own experiences helping her parents manage hotels while growing up. The middle grade book received the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in 2019 in the children’s category. Two sequels followed, and Yang also authored the teen title “Parachutes.” The author’s new nonfiction book celebrates the contributions of Asian Americans. Connect with Kelly Yang’s many works today.