Author Chana Miller Introduces a Young Brave Heroine in Her Book

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“Holding the Fort” follows the story of Madeleine de Verchères who braves the Indian Fort invaders—a tale woven to amuse and inspire readers

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Fairbanks, Alaska – (May 22, 2012) – Author Chana Miller introduces a beautiful, inspiring, and daring tale to children of all ages with her vibrant book, Holding the Fort: The Story of Madeleine de Verchères. Made available through Xlibris since December 2011, this book tells an engaging story of young Madeleine, who takes on the responsibility of protecting her family’s fort and securing all the people inside while her parents are away. Readers will not only find amusement and thrill, but lessons and inspiration as well.

This book is based on the inspiring true story of Madeleine de Verchères. Here, Miller introduces readers to Madeleine, a young girl who unexpectedly undertakes a great responsibility. On a sunny day in 1692, Madeleine's parents are far away, leaving her in charge of their fort and all of the people inside. The story progresses when while taking a walk in the fields, Madeleine is caught by surprise when she finds an Indian tribe has come to attack the fort. Can Madeleine lead the people in the fort and fight off the Indians? Action and excitement will surprise readers as they turn the pages towards its amazing end.

Enhanced by the colorful illustrations of Briana Berner, this richly layered book will surely engross readers from start to finish as it presents a story of heroism in a fun and adventurous way. Delight awaits everyone in between its covers.

This book will be featured at the 2012 Beijing Book Fair in Beijing, China, on August 29-September 2, 2012.

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About the Author
Chana Miller is a 15-year-old freshman from Fairbanks, Alaska. Besides writing poetry, she enjoys writing
fiction and fantasy stories, scrapbooking, making yarn dolls, dancing, and sewing. You can often find her reading in a corner or at her computer, typing away on a new adventure.

About the Illustrator
Briana Berner is a 16-year-old high school junior. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, with her parents and her two brothers. Aside from everyday life as a high school student, she participates in community theater and works as an aide in the library of a local elementary school. Briana has always loved to draw and paint and is a self-taught artist.

Holding the Fort * by Chana Miller
The Story of Madeleine de Verchères
Publication Date: December 14, 2011
Picture Book; $21.99; 28 pages; 978-1-4653-0791-0

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