Peiling and the Chicken-Fried Christmas


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 hip, young uncle, Peiling musters up the courage to ask her parents the big question: Can we celebrate Christmas this year? Through the Wangs' relationship to an American tradition, PEILING AND THE CHICKEN-FRIED CHRISTMAS brings us a tale full of tension between the desire to assert one's individual identity while longing to fit in.

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.


North American publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books

Foreign rights: Bloomsbury Publishing, Ruth Logan (

Film rights: Gillian MacKenzie (




“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