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The Leininger family settled deep within America's new frontier in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania. A sudden Indian raid changed their lives forever. This story retells the heroic and daring escape of Barbara Leininger, and the touching reunion with her sister, Regina, after nine years. It also gives us an endearing portrayal of the love between family members and the strength of childhood memories. Father and Mother Leininger's commitment to "hide" God's Word in the hearts of their children yielded the fruit of an enduring faith in their Savior. Barbara and Regina held firmly to the belief that they were never alone, even in their darkest hour.
I love fictionalized versions of real life stories because there is just something special about being let in to someone else's story. This young adult book is a story special to the author, as it is a story from her very own family told to her by her grandmother, who discovered the story of their relatives Barbara and Regina while researching her family's genealogy. I think it is awesome that Tracy Leninger Craven wrote her first version of this story at nine years old and she was able to see it come to light and share it with other people. Although this is a totally different time and type of historical fiction, Alone Yet Alone brought me back to my elementary school days and reminded me of reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowery. I think it is wonderful for elementary age children to have the opportunity to read novels that will teach them a bit about history. I know I always enjoyed books like that as a child.
This book is written well. The story of what happened to Barbara and her sister Regina flows well and keep's the reader's attention. It also makes one wonder what they might do being put in the same situation as these girls, kidnapped and forced to be a part of a tribe that is so different from what they are used to being around. The escape was exciting and suspenseful and absolutely loved the conclusion of the book. If you enjoy early reader historical fiction, you will love this book. If you have young elementary aged children, you might read it together and have a family book club meeting. After that, you can go see the movie that is based on the book together. It comes out June 12, 2014. Find out how you can bring the Alone Yet Not Alone movie to your city!
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