Bug is studying United States history this year, so when I was given the opportunity to review the book Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven, I said yes, in the name of read-aloud research. Would this book be worthy of reading to my 10 year old son?
About Alone Yet Not Alone
Alone Yet Not Alone is the true story of the Leininger family, which was torn apart during the Penn’s Creek Massacre of 1755.
The Leininger family was a family devoted to God, living on their homestead in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania when the French and Indian War began. Two of the Leininger children, Barbara and Regina, are carried off when the Indians raid their homestead.
Holding fast to their faith in God, through the ordeal, Barbara and Regina hope that they will one day be reunited again, this side of heaven.
Alone Yet Not Alone is a story of faith in the midst of tragedy.
Published by ZonderKids, Alone Yet Not Alone (affiliate link) is recommended for kids ages 8 and up.
My Thoughts on Alone Yet Not Alone
Since it is a children’s book, Alone Yet Not Alone was a really quick read for me. It’s 143 pages and 15 chapters, so it’s a great length for it’s targeted age group.
The story was gripping. Sadly, I do not remember learning about the Penn’s Creek Massacre in history as a child. I was shocked at what Barbara and Regina had to endure. But what came through this book more than the shock of the circumstances, was the faith of this family.
In many ways, I thought this was a child friendly book akin to The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. The same theme, faith in the midst of adversity, runs through both books. But in Alone Yet Not Alone, there are just enough details to describe the gravity of the Leininger’s situation, yet not enough to mar the young mind of an 8 year old reader.
I would definitely recommend this book as a read aloud, because you will want to discuss the topic with your children. Sensitive children might be disturbed by the subject matter, even though there are no gory details given in the book. History loving children will especially enjoy this book.
I’ve decided we’re going to read this one aloud this year. Even though the main characters are females, I think my son will appreciate the history in this book. And hopefully because of Alone Yet Not Alone, he will know about the Penn’s Creek Massacre when he is an adult.
Alone Yet Not Alone – The Movie
Another good reason to read Alone Yet Not Alone this year is that a movie has been made about the book! It will be released in limited theaters on September 27, 2013! I would love to read the book and then take my kids (at least the older two) to the theater to compare the book to the movie.
Unfortunately, the movie is not scheduled to come to a theater near me. Local readers, perhaps we can change that. To find out whether the movie is coming to a theater near you (or to request the movie come to a theater near you), visit the Alone Yet Not Alone movie website.
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