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Christmas In Canaan (2002)

by Kenny Rogers(Favorite Author)
3.8 of 5 Votes: 1
006000746X (ISBN13: 9780060007461)
HarperCollins Publishers
review 1: Racial tension and a fight between school boys seems an unlikely start for a Christmas story, yet that is exactly how Christmas in Canaan begins. Rodney, a smart black boy, lives with his grandmother. DJ, a white boy, is the son of a farmer and struggles with school. After getting into a fight, both boys resent each other. They are horrified when DJ’s father and Rodney’s grandmother force them to live together for four days. They might have remained enemies if not for an injured dog. As they tend to the dog their grudging partnership grows into the bonds of a friendship that will last a lifetime. Their friendship carries them through the death of Rodney’s grandmother, hard times on the Burton farm, and a Christmas where they can’t afford gifts. It’s on that Chris... moretmas that Mr. Burton teaches them that, wherever friendship is, there will always be “some Christmas”. And, years later, when Christmas comes to Canaan, Rodney is ready to bring “some Christmas” to the friends that have become his family.This is a heartwarming tale of friendship. The story rambles along like a stream but is not without a few rapids. A great read for anytime of year, but especially good for the holiday season.
review 2: "Guess if I'd done my homework that day, none of this would be happenin'."I've always liked that quote and the whole conversation surrounding it, had DJ done his homework he never would have fought with Rodney and they never would have been forced to spend time getting to know each other. Causing them both to overcome their differences and feelings about each other and making them lifelong friends. I'd actually never read the book before this, it's just incredibly similar to the Hallmark movie, all book to movie adaptions should be this good, there was maybe only one or two things taken or added, but both are still perfect. less
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I found this to be a sweet book about looking beyond race, friendship, family, and gratitude.
This is a good quick read, it will also make your eyes water as good as onions.
Loved it also enjoyed both Hallmark channel movies based on the book.
I Saw the movie last year. Now I need to read the book.
A great book to read in December!!!!!!!!
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