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Renfroe\'s Christmas

Renfroe's Christmas

(1968)
(The Christmas Present)
(A book in the D.J.'s Worst Enemy series)
A novel by

 
In this story, Renfroe Madison, who was first introduced in D.J.'s Worst Enemy, is three years older. It is Christmastime, and while Renfroe's spirits are high, he is more conscious than ever of his selfish streak. With the family's worn-out Christmas tree angel - hung by Renfroe on their smokehouse door - acting as his conscience, Renfroe tries half-heartedly to curb his selfishness: Should he have split a 75-cent store credit more evenly instead of buying a 50-cent knife for himself and 25-cent one for his brother D.J.? Should he have given his lasso to three neighbors who got only an apple, an orange, and a candy bar for Christmas? Should he have given his yo-yo to Nutty, a good family friend? Renfroe didn't really enjoy the yo-yo, and Nutty got nothing but clothes for Christmas. Then, a smile from a handicapped boy redeems Renfroe. He spontaneously gives the boy his brand-new Mickey Mouse watch - "the finest thing I've ever owned myself" - because of the happiness it will bring to its recipient.

Renfroe's struggle to come to terms with himself is paced by the activities of everyday farm life, as well as by a hilarious Christmas pageant, an experiment to increase milk production by singing carols to the Madisons' cows, and a longing for the snow that seldom falls south of Atlanta.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 1993 : USA Hardback
Title: Renfroe's Christmas: A Novel (Brown Thrasher Books Ser.)
Author(s): Robert Burch
ISBN: 0-8203-1553-2 / 978-0-8203-1553-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
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October 1968 : USA Hardback
Title: Renfroe's Christmas
Author(s): Robert Burch
ISBN: 0-670-59466-0 / 978-0-670-59466-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
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October 1968 : USA Hardback
Title: Renfroe's Christmas
Author(s): Robert Burch
ISBN: 0-670-59467-9 / 978-0-670-59467-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
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Paperback Editions

September 1971 : USA Paperback
Title: Renfroe's Christmas
Author(s): Robert Burch
ISBN: 0-670-05060-1 / 978-0-670-05060-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
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January 1968 : USA Paperback
Title: The Christmas present
Author(s): Robert Burch
ISBN: 0-590-12126-X / 978-0-590-12126-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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