Christmas in Canaan

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9780060513207: Christmas in Canaan

In the quiet, rural town of Canaan, Texas, a clash between two classmates -- one, a tough farm boy, and the other, a bright, black, aspiring writer -- spins into an unlikely friendship. When the clever arrangement their families devise to teach DJ and Rodney a lesson seems hopeless, their cooperative effort to heal a wounded puppy helps them move past an unsettled battle. Not surprisingly, the truce that follows becomes an amiable kinship.

But can life in Canaan lived under the shadow of racism ever really deliver the milk and honey of the Promised Land? It is amidst the magic of a Christmas they'll never forget that the boys learn a lesson about family, hope and love. And they will know for the rest of their lives that when times are hard, there will always be Christmas in Canaan.

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Kenny Rogers is one of the bestselling artists of all time with more than 120 million albums sold worldwide. The Country Music Hall of Fame member is a three-time Grammy Award winner, and has won eighteen American Music Awards, eleven People's Choice Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and five Country Music Association Awards.



Donald Davenport is a screen and television writer and producer. His credits include the television movie A Lesson in Loving and the ABC-TV Christmas special A New NoŽl. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.



Kenny Rogers is one of the bestselling artists of all time with more than 120 million albums sold worldwide. The Country Music Hall of Fame member is a three-time Grammy Award winner, and has won eighteen American Music Awards, eleven People's Choice Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and five Country Music Association Awards.

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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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