Peiling and the Chicken-Fried Christmas
By Pauline Chen
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Hardcover, 9781599901220, 133pp.
Publication Date: October 2, 2007
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Christmas season is in full swing, and eleven-year-old Peiling Wang can't take another minute of it. She feels completely left out Her family is from Taiwan, and even though they have been living in America since she was small, they have never once celebrated the biggest holiday of the year. But with encouragement from her groovy uncle, Peiling musters up the courage to ask her parents the big question: "Can we celebrate Christmas this year?" With such high hopes (and maybe some unrealistic expectations ) it is especially disappointing when things don't turn out quite the way Peiling planned. But there is always a silver lining, and Peiling finds it.
Dr. Chen graduated from Harvard University and Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and completed her surgical training at Yale University, the National Cancer Institute (National Institutes of Health), and the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was most recently a faculty member in the Department of Surgery. In 1999, she was named the U.C.L.A. Outstanding Physician of the Year.
Dr. Chen, whose work has been nominated for a National Magazine Award, has written for a number of publications, including The Virginia Quarterly Review, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Prevention Magazine. She also speaks regularly to medical and general audiences across the country, including more recently the Association of American Medical Colleges and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Praise for Peiling and the Chicken Fried Christmas
“Peiling and the Chicken-Fried Christmas is a gentle, fun and truthful tale that will connect with anyone who’s felt uncomfortable about being different. Author Pauline Chen invites readers into the lives of a Chinese immigrant family to experience the joys of cultural tradition, while acknowledging the awkwardness that often arises as people from different backgrounds learn to live and celebrate together.”—Bookpage
“A sweet story with a tasty twist!”—Discovery Girls
“Peiling is realistic and relatable as a headstrong pre-teen looking for ways to assert her individuality while trying desperately to fit in.” –Horn Book