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Home for Christmas: Super Special

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The final book in the Canterwood Crest series is packed with more horses and more drama.

Lauren’s BFFs, BFs, former friends, and foes alike are hitching a sleigh ride to her hometown in Union, Connecticut…which also happens to be home to Sasha Silver, one of the best equestrians in Canterwood history.

Once there, Lauren, Sasha, and all their friends and frenemies find themselves one place they thought they’d never be: on the same team! Call it ...

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Overview

The final book in the Canterwood Crest series is packed with more horses and more drama.

Lauren’s BFFs, BFs, former friends, and foes alike are hitching a sleigh ride to her hometown in Union, Connecticut…which also happens to be home to Sasha Silver, one of the best equestrians in Canterwood history.

Once there, Lauren, Sasha, and all their friends and frenemies find themselves one place they thought they’d never be: on the same team! Call it a truce or a Christmas miracle, but everyone gets in the holiday spirit to help heal retired racehorses—a cause they all believe in more than Santa himself.

Get ready to watch the reindeer fly! Lauren & Co. will be unwrapping more drama, joy, secrets, and, of course, competition than ever before. Whose stockings will be filled with candy cane lip gloss, and whose will be filled with coal?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
The horse-loving girls of Burkhart’s long-running “Canterwood Crest” series are home for Christmas. Rival equestrians Sasha Silver and Lauren Towers are both back from their elite boarding school to their shared hometown of Union, Connecticut, with all their closest girlfriends in tow (as well as a couple of boys to keep adolescent romance simmering). Both girls have organized Christmas break as an opportunity for the Canterwood students to volunteer at Safe Haven for Thoroughbreds, a rescue service for retired and/or injured racehorses. And both girls start off the visit with a huge surprise for their houseguests. In Chapter 5, Sasha breaks the big news to her friends that all the girls’ horses are here for the holiday as well! In Chapter 6, Lauren breaks the identical big news to her friends: “All of our horses are [here]!” In what follows, old rivalries are reconciled, much lip gloss is applied, and the girls work hard to help the rescued horses find new homes. As the story is told in alternating first-person narration by Sasha and Lauren, readers can see each girl through the other’s eyes: Lauren idolizes Sasha (who is a grade ahead of her in school) for her awesome riding skills, just as Sasha fears rising competition from her younger schoolmate. Readers new to the series will find it nearly impossible to sort out the complicated back stories of the different characters, but returning fans should love this satisfying series finale. And if it is all a bit too sweet? Hey, it’s Christmas. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D. AGERANGE: Ages 10 to 14.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442436619
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Series: Canterwood Crest Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 59,163
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Burkhart

Jessica Burkhart (aka Jessica Ashley) is the author of the Unicorn Magic and Canterwood Crest series, which you can learn more about at CanterwoodCrest.com. She is a former equestrian who writes from her apartment in Brooklyn, New York. (It’s not the size of Crystal Castle, but Jess tries to decorate like a princess!) Jess’s aura would be hot pink and she loves glittery things. If she had a unicorn, it would be named Sparkle. Visit Jess at JessicaBurkhart.com.

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Home for Christmas


  • Lauren

“OH, MON DIEU!” I SAID, laughing. “We’ll be there in five seconds!” I glanced behind me at my friends. Khloe Kinsella, Clare Bryant, Carina Johansson, and Lexa Reed grinned at me from the two rows of backseats in the Towers’s family SUV.

“There” was someplace my friends had never been.

Somewhere I was nervous to take them.

I shot a tight but excited smile to Mom, who was in the driver’s seat. I turned my gaze back to the front windshield. Mom flipped on the left blinker, and we made a familiar turn onto my street and started cruising past other houses in my neighborhood.

This is really happening, I thought. There’s no going back now—you’ve officially brought Canterwood home for Christmas.

My once-seedling of a dream was now reality. At first I’d thought of only inviting Carina, Canterwood’s Swedish foreign exchange student, home with me to Union so she wouldn’t be alone for the holiday. But my one-house-guest idea had exploded when I’d stumbled upon the parfait opportunity to invite all of my friends to come with me.

My BlackBerry vibrated on my lap. There was a BlackBerry message from Taylor Frost—my ex-boyfriend from home. He was a Canterwood student now too.

Taylor:

The guys & I just got 2 my house. U?

I wrote him back.

Lauren:

2 secs away from mine!

A warm blush crept over my cheeks when I thought about one of Taylor’s guests—my boyfriend, Drew Adams. He, Zack Reynolds, Garret van Camp, and Cole Harris—all from Canterwood—were en route to Taylor’s house.

I was glad that Union wasn’t a big town. My guy friends and Drew weren’t in walking distance, but I could reach Taylor’s house in five minutes via car. It felt so good to have everyone close for the holiday. All of my Canterwood friends had become more like family than I’d ever expected.

I clicked on Brielle Monaco’s name. She was one of my other Canterwood friends who lived in Union.

Lauren:

U almost home?

Brielle would have ridden with us, but space was tight, so her mom had picked her up. Bri and my other bestie from Union, Ana, would be joining my friends and me for the holiday. Ana attended my old school in Union—Yates Preparatory.

Brielle:

Couple of mins away! Sooo excited!

Lauren:

Me too! :D

“Lauren?”

“Huh?” I jerked out of my thoughts when I heard Khloe’s voice from the backseat.

“Is this your house?” Khloe asked.

I blinked twice and realized Mom had slowed the SUV in front of what was indeed our house. My mouth was dry—I had no idea what to say. Suddenly I was overwhelmed at having all of my friends here. I visualized having a cup of Peppermint Twist tea in front of the fireplace. Just thinking about tea calmed my nerves. I had to keep reminding myself that this Christmas wasn’t about us. We had some serious work to do. My nerves evaporated. I almost wanted to jump out of the Suburban and run up to my house.

“Welcome to my home!” I said.

The girls cheered from the backseat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Awesome book! I know Jessica personally and she's a really great person. Ha ha ha I fooled you! But any book by Jessica Burkhart will totaly rock!!!

    Whoo-hoo Jessica!

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I was really impressed on this book. Jessica did a great job of writing it!!!!!!!!! I was pleased that it had both Lauren and Sasha telling the story not just Lauren like the last few books. I finished it in two days. I am very sad that this was the last book in the series. I am going to miss reading them. I recomended this series to 10 year old to a teenager because it has some drama stuff and relationships that everyone needs to learn. You have to read the whole series before you can read this book.
    Canterwood Crest Fan,
    Kourtney Cox
    Age 17

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2014

    READ!!!.....

    OMG,this book is amaze!!*sad face* why does it end so quick!jess,keep writing or i will FLIP!!these books r $ mula)makers!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Im so sad:( the series is over:(

    I am OBSESED with this series! I could read each book a million times. I have every book in the series except for this one. I need this book so bad.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    So cool

    This book was amazing i just wish that jessica made another about if anybody from laurens crew made the advanced team or not but still a great read!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    Home for Christmas

    Just for starters this was an amazing book!
    I have read the WHOLE Canterwood Crest series now, starting with probably my favorite book Take the Reins. The series started when Sasha Silver leaves her hometown and her local stable to come to the elite campus of Canterwood, then it escalates from there with plenty of drama, boys, and HORSES!!!
    Soon we have to say good-bye to Sasha & Co. and move on to Lauren & Crew. Then they all come together in this super special!!! I know i am rambling but i am getting to the point. This book has everything! I am not going to spoil anything but just trust me, this book is definitly worth your time and money ecspecially if you are a Canterwood lover, drama lover, and/or horse lover!
    This book has plenty of Christmas cheer and surprises from candy-cane lipgloss to volunteering at Safe Haven (you'll learn more about that later if you already don't know what it is).
    Even though I am really sad that this series (one of my personal favorites) has ended I think it was one of a kind.
    Hope you all enjoyed my quite long review and GET THIS BOOK NOW!!! You will not regret it! :)

    XOXO,
    From a long time CCA lover-
    Skylar Larson & C.F Majestic Highlight
    (my beautiful POLISH
    ARABIAN)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Canterwood

    Love the series and the book ibwish it wasnt over

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Omigosh, I totally <3 this book!

    This book is totally amazing and my 2nd favorite Canterwood Crest book right after number nine, City Secrets. This book is amazing because its so nice that Sasha, Lauren, and both of their friends come together to help out for a horse charity. It is also such a coincedence that Sasha and Lauren end up having the same ideas. Like when, they both saw each other at Briar Creek, but that was just when they borh thought that it was just a coincedence. But then they saw each other at that horse charity thing? Totally NOT just a coincedence!! And Tedd Orson? I love that guy for just donating one hundred thousand dollars to the horse charity!!! So, for Sasha and Lauren, I guess great minds really think alike. This is all coming from a person who has read only Canterwood Crest book number's 1-13 and this book as well for Christmas. After all, what's Christmas without Canterwood Crest and the gang?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Canterwood crest is gone :(

    I have all of the books and read them all so quick too i loved them i wish there were more!!!!!!! I am looking for new books to read now but i cant find any that i like as much as canterwood crest...i need comments on what book i should read i want canterwood crest to come back and have like ten more books at least please!!!!!!!!!!! ~jessica your books are AWESOME write more!!!!!~ i got 87 points for AR on your books and a few different books but i got the most in my class thankyou so much:)
    It is sad that there r no more books :(:(:(:(

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    AHHHHHH!

    OMG OMG OMG I CANNOT BELEIVE THAT THE CANTERWOOD SERIES IS OVER!!!! I am so sad that there is not another book because i am totally obsessed with and love the series. This book was by far my fave because both sasha and lauren were narrating. I think that this series was perfecr or PARFAIT as Lauren would say. This book and series was well worth the money and i think that anyone who soesnt like these books is crazy. Thank you so much Jessica for writing one of my favorite series ever. I will neeever forget how good this series was!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2014

    To Sasha Should Be Expecting a Baby

    What the heck? Just no.

    Stick to fanfiction, my friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

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    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

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    Omg i am so sad that the series is ending. This is one if my fave book series and i am obsessed with it. The series is perfect for girls who love horses, drama, and lipgloss!!!!!! Like me! Btw my name is lauren so its cool that i have the same name as the main charactor!!! I wish she would write more. She is very talented!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Sad its done

    I wish there more books. I liked the lauren seriesbeter

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    Ahh-mazzing!!!

    This is an amazing series hope u like it as much as i do!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I ordered these for my grand daughter and she loves this series. She has of them. thank you for a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Sad:(

    Its so sad Canterwood Crest is over!!!!!!! Too soon :(.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Another 1

    I wish there were more canterwoodcrest books but this was so good to end the series with wait to go jessica:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Love it!!!!!!

    I was *the first* :D to get a custom canterwoodcrest tshirt!! Hehe

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Suggestion for nxt bk

    in the nxt bk i think they should try for the advanced team and 1 of the girls should not make it because their horse reared and they fell off and got hurt like break smethin bad that should be in the nxt book hopefully smething like that

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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