Thursday, August 29, 2013

Alone Yet Not Alone Book Review And Giveaway

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Do you use historical fiction books in your homeschool? If you answered yes they you will love Along Yet Not Alone! Be sure to read our review, learn more about the soon to be released movie and enter the giveaway below!

A moms review:
I am a huge fan of historical fiction and living books and I would totally consider Alone Yet Not Alone a book that fits in both categories. What exactly makes a historical fiction and living book? Well a historical fiction book is a book that is set in the past. The setting is usually real and drawn from history, and often contains actual historical persons, but the main characters tend to be fictional. And a living book is a book that teaches about life, character and the human spirit. They also often teach an academic concept in a fun and engaging way.

I have been utilizing Alone Yet Not Alone as a read aloud with my 6 and 7 year old. When I read the synopsis for the book I was immediately intrigued and knew it would be a hit. The fist thing that caught my attention was that it is set in the Blue Ridge mountains of Pennsylvania. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania but sadly I never had the pleasure of learning all about the rich, exciting history that steeps in Pennsylvania. And I knew my daughter would love it because of the Native American characters.

The book is an easy read with fairly short chapters. It is 160 pages with no illustrations except for a map in the front of the introduction which shows trails, battles and massacre locations and boundaries of present day and colonial Pennsylvania. If you get the "Special Movie Edition" there are 8 pages of glossy, colored photos from the movie in the center of the book. Both of my kids loved looking at the photos and it really helped them visualize parts of the book. In the back of the book there are 10 great discussion questions. I love that this small addition was added, because it makes it very simple for parents to continue the learning after the book is completed. 

The book was written by Tracy Leininger Craven and published by Zonderkidz. I was fascinated to find out in the "Author's Note" that the story of Barbara and Regina was told to Tracy Leininger Craven by her grandmother Leininger. Her grandmother stumbled upon the store when she was studying the family's genealogy. Tracy wrote her first draft of Alone Yet Not Alone when she was only nine years old. The title of the book comes from the hymn Alone Yet Not Alone that the Leininger family sings throughout the book, Alone Yet Not Alone. You can listen to the hymn here.

The publisher recommends the book for children ages 8 and up! It is a very inspiring, adventure book that teaches many important lessons and values. Children will not only learn very important historical details but they will also learn about faith, love, miracles, survival and that God is always with us no matter what. We are not quiet finished with the book yet but it is definitely a family favorite and one will we certainly read over and over again!

Alone Yet Not Alone synopsis:
The story takes place in the Autumn of 1755. 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. 

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. 

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.

Links to follow:
-Zondervan Facebook page
-Zondervan Twitter page
-Zondervan Website

About Alone Yet Not Alone (THE MOVIE):
The movie releases in theaters Sept 27th, 2013. I am super excited and hope it comes to a theater near us. To find a theater visit Seatzy. The movie just link the book is for families and has a PG-13 rating. It received 5 Doves from the Dove Foundation. 

Kelly Greyson, Natalie Racoosin, Clay Walker, Jenn Gotzon, Joanie Stewart, Ozzie Torres, Tony Wade.

Links to follow 
-Bring Alone Yet Not Alone to Your City
-Alone Yet Not Alone Facebook page
-Alone Yet Not Alone Movie Twitter page
-Alone Yet Not Alone Movie Website

Movie Trailer:

Gwyns review (7 yrs old):
I like the book a lot. I love learning about Native Americans and I like learning about Pennsylvania where mommy is from. It's a good book filled with lots of history. 

Where to buy:

The paperback version can be purchased on Amazon right now for $8.48. It is also available in hardcover and eBook format as well as cassette.

Now time for the giveaway: 

Zondervan has graciously offered to giveaway a copy of the this amazing book to one lucky reader. Only the first entry is mandatory. Other entries are optional and give you extra chances. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. The winner will be posted on the blog and will be emailed. Winner must reply within 48 hrs with their contact information or another winner will be chosen. Prize will be mailed via the marketing company.

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tammy cordery said...

I would like to win the book because it would be a great read for our story time. Your 7 year old said that she enjoyed the book I have been looking for books to read to my 8 year old and 13 year old I think this is it.

Kayla Rice said...

I would love to because it looks like a wonderful read. Thank you for the review!

Kimberly R said...

Would love to win this to read to my three kids. We love historical fiction. Its so interesting to learn how people lived so long ago.

Jessica Reck said...

This looks like a great book and would love to read it with my 7yo boy who has found the love of reading!

Honey Rowland said...

I'd like to win because who doesn't love history! :) ~Honey

Sharon Dail Normark said...

I would like to read this book with my son.

Mindy @ DenSchool said...

I feel so behind - you are already planning for a movie that will come out this month! Usually I find out about book releases from my oldest daughter. Thanks for the tip

Bonnie Sue said...

would like to win because we have limited resources and would love to have a better materials to educate my girls with

Victoria said...

Hi Kathy,

I feel like I have seen the preview for this or something somewhere but I can't place it. Nonetheless, we are historical fiction junkies- it is so much easier to discuss historical events with your children while you are reading one to them. Thank you so much for this great giveaway, I look forward to reading this book with my little ones very soon.

Thanks again,


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