|Publisher:||Amer Girl Pub|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2007|
|Number of Pages:||77|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.0|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.38 x 0.25 x 8.52|
Megan McDonald was born February 28, 1959, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She grew up in the 1960s the youngest of five girls - which later became the inspiration of the Sister's Club. She attended Oberlin College and received a B.A. in English, then she went on to receive a Library Science degree at Pittsburgh University in 1986. Before becoming a full-time writer, McDonald had a variety of jobs working in libraries, bookstores, museums, and even as a park ranger.
She was children's librarian, working at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Minneapolis Public Library and Adams Memorial Library in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. She has received various awards for her storytelling including a Judy Blume Contemporary Fiction Award, a Children's Choice Book award, and a Keystone State Award among others. McDonald has also written many picture books for younger children and continues to write. Her most recent work was the "Julie Albright" series of books for the American public. She currently resides in Sebastopol, California with her husband and pets.
Julie knows the holidays will be difficult this year, but when her sister Tracy refuses to go to Dad's house for Christmas, Julie feels as if her family is falling apart. Julie finds comfort spending time with her best friend, Ivy Ling, whose family is getting ready for Chinese New Year. When Julie? s whole family is invited to the Lings' New Year banquet, Julie worries about how they will get along. That night she discovers that they all have a chance at a new beginning. The "Looking Back" section explores Chinese New Year traditions.
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