Christmas in Canaan

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"I reckon there's nuthin' worth learnin' from the coloreds," DJ answered, again turning to the window.

"That right?" his father asked 'Nuthin' worth learning from them folks?"

"Yeah," DJ said. "Nuthin'. Completely nuthin'."

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 anunlikely 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 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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