A Different Kind of Christmas

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Random House Value Publishing, 2000 - Fiction - 101 pages
27 Reviews
This is a very special novel that sparkles with the same memorable writing that made ROOTS an American classic.
This is the story of Fletcher Randall, a nineteen-year-old from North Carolina whose politically powerful father is a plantation owner, and, of course, a slave owner. The time is 1855, and all Fletcher Randall knows and believes about slavery he's learned from his father.
But Fletcher goes to school up North, and one or two of his Princeton classmates talk about how wrong slavery is until Fletcher begins to think for himself
--and he becomes a traitor to his background, to his family, by conspiring to aid in a mass escape of slaves on the Underground Railroad. His partner in this plan is a black slave by the name of Harpin' John, a man who plays the harmonica so sweetly it could make a grown man cry. Christmas Eve is the secret date set for the escape.
How these two men of such incredibly opposing backgrounds join together to achieve the goal of freedom makes
A Different Kind of Christmas soar with unforgettable inspiration. This is a timeless tale of spiritual regeneration, moral courage, and powerful humanness, meaningful and memorable to readers of all faiths and all ages.

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User Review  - Joe - Goodreads

A plantation boy has his trials with anti-southern discrimination at Princeton,* is shocked to see blacks walking around free, and meets Quakers who will introduce him to the Underground Railroad ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kaitlyn - Goodreads

I read this book for our book club. I have heard very good things about Haley's writing but I am so so on the book. It was a cute tale but maybe for a younger audience. Read full review


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About the author (2000)

ALEX HALEY was the author of ROOTS: The Saga of An American Family, now available as a Modern Classic from Gramercy Books. Haley became a journalist while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, and first gained national attention as the collaborator  of The Autobiography of Malcolm X. He died  in 1992.

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