Christmas in Canaan

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Harper Collins, Nov 1, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 336 pages
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DJ and Rodney don't like each other from the start. Rodney thinks DJ is an ignorant white farm boy, and DJ thinks Rodney acts too smart for his own good. After a school-yard scuffle between the two, DJ's father and Rodney's grandmother come up with a clever solution that brings the boys closer than either of them would like.

Living in Canaan, Texas, in the 1960s does not make it easy for a black boy and a white boy to forge a friendship. It is only amid the magic of an unforgettable Christmas that DJ and Rodney discover a land of milk and honey where hope and love make all the difference.


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User Review  - Kenneth Flusche - Goodreads

This is a good quick read, it will also make your eyes water as good as onions. Read full review

Review: Christmas in Canaan

User Review  - Jenn - Goodreads

Beautifully written story by the singer Kenny Rogers and co-author about race in the olden days. I really enjoyed this book. The movie is almost spot on as well. Read the book before the movie is my suggestion, enjoyed both. Read full review


Chapter Three The Wrinkle Pine
Chapter Four Some Christmas
Chapter Five Shoups
Chapter Six Buddy Hammer
Chapter Seven The Gathering
Chapter Eight Moses in Canaan
Chapter Nine Charlane
Chapter Ten The Disappearance
Book Three The Promise
Chapter Two Christmas in Canaan

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Page 116 - Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast, There by His love o'ershaded, sweetly my soul shall rest.
Page 114 - Jesus, my heart's dear refuge, Jesus has died for me; Firm on the Rock of Ages, Ever my trust shall be. Here let me wait with patience, Wait till the night is o'er; Wait till I see the morning Break on the golden shore.
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Page 83 - It took a second for his eyes to adjust to the dim light, and his nose to the sour air. "Evenin', Earl," he said, his voice polite but not overly friendly.
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Page 94 - He went all the way to the back of the bus, where he flopped down in the seat beside Rodney.

About the author (2004)

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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