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Three Keys by Kelly Yang

bookishcb_21's review against another edition

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challenging hopeful informative medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Mia and all of her friends are back at it again! This time, Mia has a new teacher (who isn’t her favorite right now), along with the motel showing some struggles. This story also talked about an immigration law that puts many of her closest friends/people she knows in a hard situation (if it passes). Mia also didn’t take no for an answer when it came to figuring out solutions for many obstacles, so if she keeps this up, she will be unstoppable in life. I look forward to seeing what book 3 has in store for all of these characters!

boris8556's review against another edition

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funny hopeful inspiring medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

4.0

bluewithstars's review against another edition

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emotional funny informative inspiring reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

5.0

2nd book by this  incredibly talented author. I've loved every b

it of it, a real age turned. You can't go wrong with. 

chrissireads's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful inspiring reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

c_rewie6's review against another edition

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funny hopeful inspiring medium-paced

4.0

jcarsrud's review against another edition

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5.0

If you loved Front Desk, the second book is just as good and maybe better! Perfect for 4th grade - 7th graders and adults too. ;)

fionak's review against another edition

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2.0

While Front Desk was a wonderful story that was framed by social issues, it’s sequel is too much frame and not enough picture. It’s not terrible but it’s clumsily done.

annie_banannie's review against another edition

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4.0

Read this with my kid & we loved the story just not quite as much as front desk. There's a big focus on politically motivated hate toward immigrants (specifically around prop 187 in CA) that is discussed in an age appropriate way. There's so many things happening in the book that I think there was a little less space for as much focus to be on mia's development & inner voice which was our favorite part of the first book. It's still a great story with excellent characters and we hope there's more to come for this series.

msvenner's review against another edition

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5.0

This is a wonderful middle grade book, even better than Front Desk. The themes of racism and politics are disturbingly current. In fact,I read the afterward the night before the Us election and found Yang’s reflections on the current political situation in the US poignant and easy to digest for kids. Well done!

dlsmall's review against another edition

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4.0

Not quite as original as its predecessor (duh, I guess), still a unique and thoughtful intermediate tale.