Alone Yet Not Alone is based on a true story and is set during the French and Indian war in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania. The area is not far from where I grew up.
On October 16, 1755, bands of Indians (led by Allegheny warriors) attacked pioneer farms in the Penn’s Creek settlement. They killed 13 people and burned their homes. Among the slain were men, old women and one little baby just 2 weeks old.
Eleven young woman and children were unaccounted for and it was assumed at the time that they were carried off. The raids would later be called the Penn’s Creek Massacre.
The Leininger’s log home was among those obliterated that day. When the Indian braves found Barbara (12) and her little sister, Regina (10), hiding in the tall grass, they carried them off.
Separated from her little sister, and taken over 300 miles west through the wilderness and mountains, Barbara ended up in present day Ohio.
Alone Yet Not Alone is Barbara’s story of faith, courage and hope. The book’s title, taken from the words of the family’s favorite hymn, reminded the girls that God was with them no matter what.
This was a great read! By the second chapter, I couldn’t put it down.
148 pages long, it’s a faith-based chapter book written for older elementary/middle school children. In keeping with the target audience, I felt the violence was handled very discretely. Although some children may have a hard time processing the things the girls lived through, and parents should pre-read it first, I think it would actually make a good story to read aloud with the family. I found it very inspirational!
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