Shante Keys loves New Year's Day! But while Grandma fixed chitlins, baked ham, greens, and cornbread, she forgot the black-eyed peas! Oh no-it'll be bad luck without them! So Shante sets out to borrow some from the neighbors. Does Miss Lee have peas? What about Mr. MacGhee, or Shante's good friend Hari? None of them do-but, as Shante discovers, they have fun foods and traditions for their New Year's!Now, if only Shante can find good-luck peas in time for dinner! In this multicultural New Year's story, Shante Keys learns about Chinese New Year and Diwali, as well as how January 1st is celebrated in other countries. The author includes additional pages of information about diverse New Year's traditions and special foods.