Booktalking "Three Keys" by Kelly Yang

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Booktalking "Three Keys" by Kelly Yang

The Calivista Motel is Mia Tang's home. She takes pride in checking in customers and living there with her parents, who own the motel. They also clean and manage the motel. The weeklies and the Tang family socializes together regularly, and the facility is a happening place. The Tang family is proud to post a "No Vacancy" sign during the summer, which indicates good business and cash flow. Even the Yaos, former owners of the motel, are impressed with the surge of customers.
Since the Tangs want everyone to feel welcome, they post an "Immigrants Welcome" sign on the motel. Some customers love it and comment positively on the sign. Others inscribe offensive graffiti messages, such as Whites Only on the motel property. When Mia calls the cops upon finding the messages, they inform her that they cannot do anything because the hate crime is an example of free speech. The cops suggest removing the sign.
Mia is not having any of this. Immigrants are completely welcome at their facility.
In the middle of all of this, Mia's dear friend Lupe's mother travels to another state but fails to return. When Lupe's father sets off in search of his wife, he is captured by ICE officials and placed in a detention facility. Lupe is beside herself with grief and worry; the girl desperately needs her parents. Mia accompanies her friend to the horrific facility for a visit through glass and a telephone. Attempts to find an immigration lawyer result in the result in the realizations that the legal costs of immigrant representation are exorbitant. 
What will Mia and Lupe do to get Lupe's mother and father back?
Three Keys by Kelly Yang, 2020
Kelly Yang is a fantastic author and social justice proponent. She is also a Chinese immigrant who grew up while helping to manage a Californian hotel.
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