Christmas in Canaan

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With no solution to their ongoing feud, a tough, white farm boy and a high-spirited black aspiring writer are forced together by their parents to work out their issues, but it is their mutual interest in helping a wounded puppy that soon leads to the end of their battles and a start to their unlikely friendship. Reprint.

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Kenny Rogers is a respected singer and musician who is an icon in the country music world. He is also a writer and a producer of plays, musicals and television specials. Mr. Rogers is the author of two picture books, Kenny Rogers Presents the Greatest and The Toy Shoppe.

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Gr. 5-8. The lives of two Texas boys are forever altered one morning in the 1960s after one has a run-in with the other on the school bus. Rodney, a quiet bookworm, sits at the rear of the bus because he's black. DJ, a white boy frantically finishing his homework needs to know a state capital. When Rodney supplies the right answer, DJ is teased that he is dumber than Rodney. A fight ensues between the boys, and DJ's father decides the wisest punishment is to have the boys live together, two days at each house. Rodney's grandmother agrees. The kids find the experience very trying until a wounded dog draws them together. Then the friendship is sealed, and the gentle narrative chronicles a sweet, lifelong bond. The story culminates in racial unrest that puts Rodney's life in jeopardy. The holiday backdrop makes this good seasonal fare, and the engaging premise, resonant narrative, and believable characters will reach a wide audience. Shelley Townsend-Hudson
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