Thursday, August 29, 2013

Alone Yet Not Alone Review and Giveaway

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 

One of my favorite ways to teach history is through the use of non-textbooks. I find that my small people understand history so much better when they can read "real" books about historical events. When I was offered the opportunity to review the novel Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven, I couldn't wait to read it.

About the Book
Rich in historical details, Alone Yet Not Alone is an inspirational, true story of a family caught in the cross fire of the French and Indian War.


Settled in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, deep within America's new frontier, the Leininger family celebrates the blessings of a beautiful homestead and bountiful harvest. That is, until tragedy strikes with the beginning of the French and Indian War and the devastating raid known as the Penn's Creek Massacre. 

The lives of this simple, God-fearing family are forever altered when Barbara and Regina, two young sisters, are carried away by the Delaware tribe. Driven by their faith in God and the powerful bonds of family, Barbara and Regina hold firmly to the belief that they are never alone, even in their darkest hour, and that they will be reunited again.
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 four children.

My Thoughts About the Book
The feeling of adventure and suspense captured me at beginning, and I couldn't put the book down until I finished. I just had to know what would happen next. The characters are written with depth; I found myself not just caring about Barbara and Regina and rooting for them to find their way home, but also caring about the relationships between the Indians and their captives.

Alone Yet Not Alone is classified as juvenile fiction and recommended for ages 8 and up. There are some rather intense scenes (like a burning at the stake) that may not be appropriate for younger children. I am definitely going to be adding this book to my read-aloud list for when we study the French and Indian War.

My Ballerina loves to read; in fact, it's rare that any juvenile book enters our house that she doesn't read it right away. So I thought I'd let her read Alone Yet Not Alone and share her thoughts about the book as well.

Ballerina's Thoughts About the Book
"I enjoyed the book very much. It felt like I was included in it because the word pictures were so strong. I liked the emotions in it because they're also strong and really show the characters' feelings. I would recommend this book because it's very good." - Ballerina, age 10

Alone Yet Not Alone (The Movie)
I was super excited to find that this novel is also being released as a movie. Set to be released in theaters September 27, 2013, it has been awarded 5 Doves from the Dove Foundation.

You can find out more about the book and the movie at the following sources:
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Movie Website

You can find which theaters will have the movie on September 27, 2013 here.

Not only was I offered the opportunity to review this book, but I also get to offer a copy to one of my readers. Enter the giveaway below for the opportunity to win your own copy of the book Alone Yet Not Alone.

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