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Alone Yet Not Alone: Their faith became their freedom Paperback – January 5, 2013
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Barbara and Regina Leininger were from a family of German immigrants who were living in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania in 1755, and they were captured by Indians during the French and Indian War. This novel, based on their experiences, focuses on the faith that sustained them during their captivity. Given to different tribes, the sisters are separated and do not see each other again for close to 10 years. Although Barbara is treated well by Galasko, the Indian brave who wants to marry her, life is hard. She never loses her determination to escape, and after several years, she and three other captives manage to flee successfully. What could have been an interesting story of survival is diminished by the book's simplistic tone and lack of nuance. The settlers are beautiful and compassionate, while many Indians are unattractive, cruel, and troubled because they don't believe in one god. The depiction of them is beyond biased and there is no attempt to provide any historical background or explanation for their actions. It will be difficult to find an audience for this book.-Kefira Phillipe, Nichols Middle School, Evanston, ILα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
About the Author
Tracy Leininger Craven loves history and retelling real-life stories in her historical fiction books. She also loves spending her free time in the great outdoors with her husband David and their three children.
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I don't usually like to pay as much for books as I did for this one, but having seen and loved the film adaption I badly wanted to read the actual story. And as it turned out, the book was worth every cent!
Alone Yet Not Alone is the story (based on true events that happened to ancestors of the author) of two young German sisters who settle with their family in Pennsylvania, during the French and Indian war. Their house is invaded by hostile Indian braves, their father and brother killed, and they themselves are captured, along with their best friend, Marie; separated, and adopted into various Indian tribes. The story is about their lives as Indian maiden, and how all they had to hold on to were the Scripture verses their father had used to teach them, and the song, Alone Yet Not Alone, that their mother used to sing.
I really loved this book, it's one of the best stories I've ever read, and I would highly recommend it.
I wish I could know more of the details that have long since been buried with the people who actually lived this out, but the story that remains for subsequent generations has so much of value that it should be given to every young person to read. Even though parts of the tale have been lost over the years, I'm glad the author stuck to the facts that are known without embellishing. It doesn't need to be completed.
I'm glad that this book has been made into a movie and look forward to seeing it when I get a chance.
The thing that impressed me most was the message of praying with and teaching children Scriptures and songs about Jesus while they are young. The strength that the faith of these children possessed helped them through unimaginably hard times in their lives. It is most satisfying that it is based on a true story.
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Best for Ages: 8-15
This is based on a true story. It is the kind of story one would expect to have been made up.Read more