Summary: Like every nine-year old girl, Meena can't wait to grow up and break away from her "embarrassing" family. But as the daughter of the only Punjabi family in a small English village, her fight for independence is not for the typical reasons. Meena wants to eat fish and chips, not chapati and dhal; she wants to celebrate Christmas like her schoolmates, not interminable Punjabi festivals with her dreadful aunties and weird cousins. But more than anything, Meena ...show more wants to roam the backyards of working-class Tollington with her feisty friend Anita Rutter and her gang. In this memorable debut, Syal takes a fresh, sassy look at a childhood caught between two cultures.