- Age Range: 8 and up
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Zonderkidz; Mti edition (January 5, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310730538
- ISBN-13: 978-0310730538
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alone Yet Not Alone: Their faith became their freedom Paperback – January 5, 2013
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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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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. Yet, isn’t it just like God? His stories are always amazing, and his provision for his children often leaves me speechless. The almost impossibility of this story is what is amazing.
Clearly, this book is targeted for youth. While young-adults and even adults might find it interesting, youth will get the most out of it. The style of the story is simple, yet never talks down to the youth it reaches.
The faith message is strong and the point of the whole story. It is about how, even when things are at their worst, God will never leave us. We are never alone. That concept is one all of us need to be reminded of from time to time.
Barbara was a character of great faith but also wasn’t perfect. She is a character that I think many girls can relate to. She is also a good example of a strong girl, a loving sister, and a devoted daughter of Jesus.
This would be a fantastic book for homeschool kids to understand the human cost of the French and Indian war. Many homes were burned by the Indians and many women and children carried off. Void of the graphicness of some books, this captures many of the emotions that the captives experienced.
I highly recommend this to young readers who enjoy history, faith-filled fiction, and courageous girls.
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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