Twin school bullies threaten to disrupt the peaceful, rural Vermont world of teen T.J. Flint at the beginning of Allen Johnson, Jr.'s new novel for intermediate readers, THE CHRISTMAS TREE EXPRESS. This tension sets the stage for a summer of adventure for T.J. & his best friend Sally. From their rescue of sled-dog Silver to a train ride with T.J.'s grandfather, a retired train engineer, to the rescue of the bullies themselves in a real cliff-hanger, to working alongside Dad on a real Christmas tree farm, T.J. & Sally's experiences define the depth of their rural life. Neither rich or privileged materially, T.J.'s prevailing thought on Christmas Eve is to count his blessings. At a glance, this book is a fun adventure story that offers a view of rural New England life. More importantly, at its depth, THE CHRISTMAS TREE EXPRESS is an invitation--to a place where family & community values not only still exist, but are shown to provide happiness, success & meaning to the lives of ALL of the characters. To order THE CHRISTMAS TREE EXPRESS, contact Southern Publishers Group by calling 1-800-628-0903.Johnson, Allen, Jr. is the author of 'Christmas Tree Express', published 1993 under ISBN 9781878561213 and ISBN 1878561219.