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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (126 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harriette Gillem Robinet Narrator: Andrea Johnson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781436188586
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Twelve-year-old Pascal can hardly believe his ears. His older, run-away brother has returned to the plantation with an amazing story: President Lincoln has freed the slaves. Not only that, each newly-freed family can have forty acres of land and maybe a mule, just for the asking.

Now all Pascal and his brother have to do is sneak away from their angry master—and find out where the government is giving away farmland. But as they search, they still must hide from men who would force them back to slavery. Will Pascal ever know true freedom?

The granddaughter of slaves on Robert E. Lee’s Virginia estate, Harriette Gillem Robinet bases this story on research and oral stories of slavery. Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule sheds new light on the little understood time of Reconstruction in the South. Narrator Andrea Johnson vividly brings to life the adventures that could have happened to one small group of African Americans.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 1999 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/12/2014

    " An historical fiction book about slavery. It was good and evoked a lot of emotion. I felt it was slow in the middle and then just happened too fast at the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexis | 12/29/2013

    " if your not into history. then i wouldnt reccommend this book. history bores me, so this was boring "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty | 12/14/2013

    " Great historical fiction from Reconstruction era. 5/6th grade "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Njblack | 11/30/2013

    " This book was awarded the Scott O'Dell award for Historical Fiction. I would suggest this book to children from about 4th grade and up to read that were interested in the time period or were looking for a good book about growing up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 5/26/2013

    " This was the first book I read by Harriette Gillem Robinet. She's written a lot of great books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isaiah Robinson | 5/22/2013

    " This book was very bording and did not keep my intrest. I would have had a better ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Berry | 4/17/2013

    " This book exposes what it was like as a African American to live in the Post Civil War era and how major events affected everyone including slaves. A ovie should have been made for this i would have watched it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 11/29/2012

    " I thought thios was a pretty sad book. It showed all the reality of what slaves had to deal with after becoming "free". It made me so mad at idiot racist dummkopfs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/22/2012

    " Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule is the story of two brothers who have escaped from their master after the Emancipation Proclimation and tried to claim land to build a farm. I really enjoyed it because it is easy to relate to the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karina Tavarez | 11/29/2011

    " What i learned from this book is that slavery was a hard thing to deal with . Also that even after slavery things were difficult to deal with to . The characters in this book learned that land does not make you free but being somebody with a family is freedom . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bronx | 6/27/2011

    " This book showed the sadness of the time period in a way that Middle School students could understand. It made us all so sad to finish the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 5/15/2011

    " This book exposes what it was like as a African American to live in the Post Civil War era and how major events affected everyone including slaves. A ovie should have been made for this i would have watched it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isaiah | 2/7/2011

    " This book was very bording and did not keep my intrest. I would have had a better ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray | 7/18/2010

    " Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

    Grades 4-7

    Themes: freedom; challenges; racism

    Ways to use with children: lit circles; write journals of main characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karina | 9/2/2009

    " What i learned from this book is that slavery was a hard thing to deal with . Also that even after slavery things were difficult to deal with to . The characters in this book learned that land does not make you free but being somebody with a family is freedom . "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexis | 6/7/2009

    " if your not into history. then i wouldnt reccommend this book. history bores me, so this was boring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 2/16/2009

    " I thought thios was a pretty sad book. It showed all the reality of what slaves had to deal with after becoming "free". It made me so mad at idiot racist dummkopfs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 12/28/2008

    " This was the first book I read by Harriette Gillem Robinet. She's written a lot of great books. "

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About the Author

Harriette Gillem Robinet was born in Washington D.C. and she spent her childhood summers in Arlington, Virginia where her mother’s father had been a slave under General Robert E. Lee. She attended the College of New Rochelle in New York and received graduate degrees in microbiology from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She is the author of several award-winning children’s books of multicultural historical fiction, set with African-American characters in pivotal times of American history. Ms. Robinet makes her home in Oak Park, Illinois.

About the Narrator

Andrea Johnson is an actress and audiobook narrator that has played roles opposite Jack Nicholson and Chris Rock.