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Alone Yet Not Alone and I Am Regina Books

I noted in my last post that I was reading more. Well, two of the books I read were Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy M. Leiningerand I Am Regina by Sally M. Keehn.

They are the same story but written about different characters. It is the story of two sisters who became Indian captives, Barbara and Regina, who were taken from their family during the French and Indian War. They were separated and ended up with different tribes.

I Am ReginaI bought I Am Regina at a library sale and it has been sitting on my bookshelf  for about four years. The story intrigued me. We might have finished Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison as a read-aloud at this time, so this type of story was most likely still on my mind.

Anyway, during a sale at Vision Forum a few years back I bought Alone Yet Not Alone because the story sounded interesting. After receiving it and looking at it more, I realized it was the same story as I Am Regina.

So, I finally got to reading them. When I began reading them, it didn't occur to me that they would be written from each girl's experience. I read Alone Yet Not Alone first and after, wasn't sure if I wanted to read I Am Regina because it was the same story, but I decided to thinking that since this one was about Barbara the other book might be about Regina. Sure enough!

Alone Yet Not Alone is the story of Barbara's capture. I Am Regina is the story of Regina's capture.

They were both good books, but I felt Regina's story was better told as far as imagery, Indian life, and connecting with the characters go. I enjoyed reading Regina's story and felt myself feeling her pain, sorrow and even anger. The author of I Am Regina stayed true to their christian upbringing and included Bible passages within the text especially when things would trigger a memory.

Alone Yet Not AloneAlone Yet Not Alone I feel was written to the Christian as an encouragement that God is always with us even when we feel alone. In my simple and unhindered life, I cannot imagine the strength it took to hold onto that during this horrific time. It is only through God that they or we could get through the trials that we face in this imperfect life. The book was very encouraging in that respect.

In Regina's story you can sense her anger about the death of her father and brother. Who wouldn't be angry! You can sense her worry about her mother and other brother who were not home at the time of the attack. During her captivity you can relate to her loneliness, her fear of saying or doing the wrong thing, the fear of the unknown as to what will this day bring, the joy of making friends, the sadness of losing friends, the hope of the war ending or soldiers finding and rescuing her, learning to trust her captors and eventually loving them as family.

I found myself scared for her, crying with her, and also wanting her to be rescued, but at the same time torn between her new family and the one she was taken from. I can't imagine the emotional roller coaster she must have been on.

Through Regina's story, you got to see more of Indian life, their beliefs, struggles, pain, fear, hurt...their humanity. Regina also got to see them as people and not as 'savages' as they were called back then.

So, if you have read one of these books, I do recommend you read the other one too. Some of the details differ in each story, but the story line stays true in both.

I just found out today that a movie is set to release of Alone Yet Not Alone in June of 2014 according to their Facebook page. Joni Eareckson Tada sings the song that shares the title of this movie. I would love to see a movie of Regina's story too.






Donnie's ReadingList

Donnie will, like MaryEllen, read down the list this year, one book at a time. I am not sure if this will work for him because his attention span is shorter. He might like reading about a few different topics. We will try it and see how he likes it.

I just noticed that Donnie's pattern is textbook, literature, biography instead of textbook, biography, literature like I did MaryEllen's booklist. 🙂

I found some nice biographies at our local used bookshop. They are easy reads, but I wanted them more for the Godly example in these men and women.

Donnie's 7th Grade Reading List



The Story of Liberty - Finish Charles Coffin
Robin Hood J. Walker McSpadden
The Pilgrim Who Made Progress William Deal
Sweet Land of Liberty Charles Coffin
The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
A Man Sent of God Merle McClurkan Heath
A Beka Geography
The Prince and the Pauper Mark Twain
Air Adventures Graeme Cook
Notgrass World History Volume 1
The Case For Christ For Teens Strobel
The Case For a Creator For Teens Strobel
The Case For Faith For Teens Strobel
White Fang Jack London
Frontier of the Heart Reverend Ralph W. Beiting
God Can Move Mountains Reverend Ralph W. Beiting
Notgrass World History Volume 2
The Impossible Journey of Sir Ernest Shackleton William Bixby
A Beka Biology
Carry On Mr. Bowditch Jean Lee Latham
The Call of the Wild Jack London
Harriet Beecher Stowe Jean Fritz

Donnie's list is also long, but whatever he doesn't finish will also be rolled over either to the summer or next years booklist.

What is your 7th grader reading?



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One of my favorite places to shop for used books is Thriftbooks. Their prices are great and they include shipping, so I can get most books for 3.95 shipped, even hardbacks.

I also enjoy swapping books on Paperbackswap and Bookmooch. I find Paperbackswap to be more user friendly, but I have had good success at Bookmooch with a little more effort.

Well, I was in search of Lee Strobel's Case For Christ books for kids, which I began my search at Amazon. When I was there, I noticed they have the same series but geared toward the teenager. After finding this out, I decided to go this route instead.

Being the deal hunter, I went to another favorite place to shop, Christianbook. They had them priced less than Amazon plus I have a coupon for free shipping. So I added them to my cart. I then decided to add the kid series too, minus the first book because I already own it.

Then I had the crazy idea to check Thriftbooks. Unfortunately they did not have the books I was looking for.

Another idea popped into my head, Paperbackswap and Bookmooch. After a few searches, I found ALL the Case for Christ Student Editions at Paperbackswap, saving me about $25. They didn't have the 'kid' series, so those are still in my cart at Christianbook.


I was excited.

In my Thriftbook shopping cart from earlier this week, I had five books in there. I thought why not try and see if Bookmooch has any. I have about 60 credits at Bookmooch, so I thought I would try there first. I found three there! I checked Paperbackswap for the other two and found those too. Yay! This saved me another $18.


So, today I saved $43. I just had to share.


This is MaryEllen's Book List for this coming year 2011-2012. We will add to it if necessary.

MaryEllen’s Book List



What Your 6th Grader Needs to Know E.D. Hirsch Jr.
McGuffey Fourth Reader McGuffey
Christian Conquests Charlotte Maria Tucker
In His Steps Charles M. Sheldon
Swiss Family Robinson Johann Wyss
Up From Slavery Booker T. Washington
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm Kate Douglass Wiggin
Gladyss Aylward Janet & Geoff Benge
Robert E. Lee Lee Roddy
Mahalia Jackson Evelyn Witter
Frontier Living Edwin Tunis
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
Susanna Wesley Sandy Dengler
Amy Carmichael Sam Wellman
Teresa of Calcutta D. Jeanene Watson
Corrie Ten Boom Janet & Geoff Benge

We use the Robinson Curriculum method, so she reads for 1 1/2 hours right now. The other half hour goes toward science, which she will be reading Exploring Creation With Human Anatomy and Physiology by Jeannie Fulbright.

Only about five books are actually from the Robinson Book List. I usually take away and add some others. I try to keep books that are both educational and well written. This year, I want MaryEllen to focus on Missionaries, so I will be adding more as she goes.



This is Donnie's Book List for this coming year 2011-2012. We will add to it if necessary.


Donnie's Book List



What Your 5th Grader Needs to Know E.D. Hirsch Jr.
Six O’Clock in the Evening Isabella Alden
Exploring With God Rod and Staff
McGuffey 3rd Reader McGuffey
A Head Full of Notions Andy Russell Brown
Alice In Wonderland Lewis Carroll
Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates Mary Mapes Dodge
Florence Nightingale David R. Collins
Louis Pasteur John Hudson Tiner
Stonewall Jackson Charles Ludwig
Johnny Appleseed David R. Collins
Samuel F.B. Morse John Hudson Tiner
A Hedge Fence Isabella Alden
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew Margaret Sidney
The Light and the Glory For Children Peter Marshall & David Manuel
From Sea to Shining Sea For Children Peter Marshall & David Manuel
Sounding Forth the Trumpet For Children Peter Marshall & David Manuel

We use the Robinson Curriculum method, so he reads for 1 1/2 hours right now. The other half hour goes toward science, which he will be reading Exploring Creation With Human Anatomy and Physiology by Jeannie Fulbright.

Only about four books are actually from the Robinson Book List. I usually take away and add some others. I try to keep books that are both educational and well written. I believe that was Mr. Robinson's intent when he looked for books for his own children.


With the kids into dragons because of the movie, How To Train Your Dragon, I bought this book from Answers In Genesis. When it arrived, I could only say WOW!!! It is absolutely gorgeous and VERY informative. We love it.

Here are some pictures.

Dragon Book

Dragon Book

It has these neat-o pockets throughout the book.

Dragon Book

There are books within the book! All full of information.

Dragon Book

Dragon Book

Cute windows. 🙂

Dragon Book

Dragon Book

Isn't this picture just beautiful?

Dragon Book

It has a nice Question and Answer section.

Dragon Book

Another gorgeous picture. You will find pictures like these throughout the book.

I was very impressed with the book. It was well worth the $14 I paid for it.





The last two days, we have been having a Read-A-Thon. With November so full of vacations and family, we got behind in our read alouds. So, I decided we would have a few days of catching up.

I read for an hour, then we took a break for an hour for lunch, snack, chores, etc. and then got back to reading for another hour. We did this throughout the day. I think we might have gotten in about 3 1/2-4 hours.

We had a lot to catch up on in Albraham Lincoln's World, plus we recapped on what we read and discussed some. After we got to where I wanted us to be, we began Abandoned on the Wild Frontier.

We enjoyed this very much that I think we will make Read-A-Thons part of our routine, maybe every 3 months or so.