Kelly Yang

Meet Kelly Yang

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KELLY YANG, Founder, is the New York Times best-selling, award-winning author of FRONT DESK and winner of the 2018 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. FRONT DESK is a debut middle grade novel published by Scholastic Inc, the publishers of Harry Potter, about a 10 year-old Chinese American immigrant girl who manages the front desk of a motel while her parents clean the rooms. In 2018, FRONT DESK was awarded the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature as well as the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal. In addition, FRONT DESK is a Children’s History Book Prize Honor Book, a E.B. White Honor Book, and has earned numerous other recognitions including being named an Amazon Best Book of the Year, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, a Kirkus Best Book of the Year, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a NPR Best Book of the Year, a NBC Best Book of the Year, and a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year. In 2019, it was announced that FRONT DESK is a 2019 Global Read Aloud, connecting 1.5 million children around the world through one book.

Kelly is also the author of THREE KEYS, the sequel to FRONT DESK, coming out in September 2020 from Scholastic and PARACHUTES, her young adult debut novel, coming out in May 2020 from HarperCollins.

Kelly immigrated to America when she was 6 years old and grew up in Southern California. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School, having entered college at the age of 13 and Harvard Law School at the age of 17. In 2005, at the age of 20, Kelly became one of the youngest graduates of Harvard Law School.

After law school, she gave up law to pursue her passion of writing and teaching children writing. In 2005, Kelly founded The Kelly Yang Project to help students in Asia find their voice and become better writers and more powerful speakers. As an award-winning author, she’s designed the KYP curriculum to instill a passion for writing in children from a very early age.

Before turning to fiction, Kelly was also a columnist for the South China Morning Post for many years. Her writing has been published in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The Atlantic.

For her efforts in education, Kelly has won: the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year, USA Today All-USA College Academic 1st Place Team. and ‘CosmoGIRL! of the Year’ from CosmoGIRL! Magazine. In 2010, The Kelly Yang Project was named ‘Second Best Small Education Company in the World’ by The Education Project Global Summit in Bahrain. In 2011, Kelly chaired the Harvard Book Prize in Hong Kong and served as a board member of the Harvard Club of Hong Kong.

Kelly regularly gives talks on writing and education and has spoken at conferences, companies, and schools around the world.

For all publicity inquires related to FRONT DESK, please email Kelly’s publicist Lauren Donovan at ldonovan@scholastic.com. For all other inquiries, please email kellyyangauthor@gmail.com.


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