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.