Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Alone Yet Not Alone (novelization) by Tracy Leininger Craven (Review & Giveaway US & Canada)

ISBN 13: 9780310730538 
About the book: A true story of an American family. Pioneers in an untamed land, caught between two civilizations, a true test of survival, the ultimate test of faith. An ultimate story of survival. This book is the novelization of the movie by the same title which will release September 27, 2013.

My thoughts: This short book was written with the  middle school or older elementary reader in mind. But a parent must keep in mind when purchasing the book that the story portrays a real event with real horror that some children will find difficulty coming to terms with. It is, however, a true portrayal of a true story and a very real bit of history in the growth and expansion of America. The story begins at the cusp of the French an Indian War.

It opens with a sweet homesteading scene of the Leininger family in the early years of Pennsylvania territory. Then there is the feared Indian raid on the home, the slaughter of family, and the capture of the young daughters. Following is their trek across a vast amount of territory with their Indian captors to the home Indian village. The story portrays harsh Indian behavior as well as some with a more compassionate character. The story also brings out the faith of the young girls that sustained them and how they shared it with their captors.

I found this to be a good read and one that the age for which it is intended can gain a good amount of historical information of the times and peoples of the area in early American history. I highly recommend the book and encourage the publishers to continue publishing books of this nature and caliber.
GIVEAWAY:  A copy of the book Alone Yet Not Alone is being provided to one of Chat With Vera's readers. Begins August 20 & ENDS September 3 @ 12:01 a.m. ET. Open to US and Canadian addresses only.
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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from FlyByPromotions on behalf of the publisher ZonderKidz in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I received no compensation for this review.
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  1. Thanks so much for telling us about this book Vera. It is tough to portray in middle grade as we don't want to water down historical events including the negative parts. I guess it is how we teach the future generation to strive for a better solution. Thanks for joining us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

  2. Well, the fact is that there is a lot of brutality in history. It's difficult to balance the portrayal of events with the violence that went alongside it. You have to keep in mind the audience. Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

    1. Renee - you are so right! I think this little book was very well written and appropriate for the age group intended. Sometimes, though, an advanced reader that is much younger than the intended age might read it and be very frightened, etc. That is where parental guidance (or librarian guidance) comes into the picture.

  3. This looks like a good one! I'm sharing this on my facebook page as well as on Twitter and G+. Thanks for linking up with Booknificent Thursday! Hope to see you again soon.
    Tina from mommynificent.com


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