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A miraculous survival. An extraordinary faith. Autumn 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. Until tragedy strikes with the beginning of the French-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 a band of Allegheny warriors. 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.
"Craven (Unfading Beauty) draws on her family history in this moving historical novel. In a 1755 raid on Pennsylvania settlers, Allegheny Indians kidnap two sisters, Barbara and Regina Leininger, ages 12 and nine, respectively. Told from Barbara's point of view, the story focuses on how her Christian faith helps her endure her four-year captivity. When the tribes separate the sisters, Barbara risks escape to find Regina, but is recaptured and nearly burned alive. The chief's son, Galasko, stays her punishment, but Barbara vows to one day escape and find Regina. Bolstered by her friendship with Marie, a fellow 'Yengee' (Yankee) captive, Barbara swears, 'Together with Christ's strength, we will continue on until we are free.' Throughout the story, thoughts of home, entwined with memories of learning the Bible, buoy Barbara's conviction that she will see her family again. This is a well-written adventure told from the point of view of an intelligent, observant, and mature girl on the brink of adolescence, with a knack for sharing relevant detail. A movie based on the book will be released in 2013. Ages 7 12." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.