The Forty-Acre Swindle

The Forty-Acre Swindle

by Dave Jackson, Neta Jackson

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Overview

Introducing George Washington Carver

To fourteen-year-old Jesse Turner, being “free” in Alabama in 1898 doesn’t seem much better than slavery. The Turners’ forty-acre farm—given to them by the government following the Civil War—is exhausted from growing cotton, they face overwhelming debt, and trouble from prejudiced neighbors makes life difficult and frightening. It seems the only solution is to sell the land and begin sharecropping. But they find new hope in the teachings of George Washington Carver, a Christian agriculturist who travels the South helping fellow blacks with new farming techniques. Inspired by Carver’s advice to “hang on to the land at all costs,” Jesse takes a part-time job, and he and his father plant a promising crop of soybeans.

But as the Turners race to meet the deadline for repaying their debts, they run into a host of new problems. And when the levee suspiciously bursts one night and floods their land, can Jesse find a way to save the family farm?

An adventure story, ideal for readers 8-12 years of age.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015836288
Publisher: Castle Rock Creative, Inc.
Publication date: 11/14/2012
Series: Trailblazer Books , #31
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Dave & Neta Jackson are the authors of the 40-book Trailblazer series, enjoyed by 1.7 million young readers worldwide, as well as the Hero Tales series for families. For adults their books include the Yada Yada Prayer Group series, the House of Hope series, the Harry Bentley series, and the SouledOut Sisters series, as well as many stand-alone fiction and nonfiction books. They make their home in Chicago. Visit them at www.daveneta.com and www.trailblazerbooks.com and www.facebook.com/DaveNetaJackson.

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