Fifteen-year-old Julien Losier just wants to fit in. But after his family moves to a small village in central France in hopes of outrunning the Nazis, he is suddenly faced with bigger challenges than the taunting of local teens. Nina Krenkel left her country to obey her father's dying command: Take your brother and leave Austria . Burn your papers. Tell no one you are Jews. Alone and on the run, she arrives in Tanieux , France , dangerously ill and in despair.
Thrown together by the chaos of war, Julien begins to feel the terrible weight of the looming conflict and Nina fights to survive. As France falls to the Nazis, Julien struggles with doing what is right, even if it is not enough-and wonders whether or not he really can save Nina from almost certain death.
Based on the true story of the town of Le Chambon-the only French town honored by Israel for rescuing Jews from the Holocaust-How Huge the Night is a compelling, coming-of-age drama that will keep teens turning the pages as it teaches them about a fascinating period of history and inspires them to think more deeply about their everyday choices.
Heather Munn was born in Northern Ireland and grew up in southern France where her parents were missionaries like their parents before them. She has a BA in literature from Wheaton College and now lives in a Christian intentional community in rural Illinois , where she and her husband, Paul, host free spiritual retreats for the poor, especially those transitioning out of homelessness or addiction. When not writing or hosting, she works on the communal farm.
Lydia Munn, daughter of missionary parents, grew up in Brazil . She received a BA in literature from Wheaton College , and an MA in Bible from Columbia Graduate School of Bible and Missions. With her husband, Jim, she has worked in church planting and Bible teaching since 1983, notably in St. Etienne, near the small town in the central mountains of France which forms the background of How Huge the Night. The Munns now live in Grenoble , France .
What an honor it was to review this book! It is written with such detail that the reader is instantly hooked. Although How Huge the Night is fiction the story is based on actual events. If you are a homeschooling family then you will want to consider incorporating this book into your studies of World War 2. History is only boring if you fail to realize that it happened to real people just like you and I. That is why this book would be great for your teens to read while studying WWII. It will enhance the textbooks and have those asking question, all the while making history come alive. What I found amazing about this story was the authors’ ability to make the reader able to see oneself in the main character Julien Losier. This is what made it such a great story for me, it is that I felt as though I were there. Beautiful, beautiful story a must read! I wouldn't be surprised for this book to win many awards. I am looking forward to anything else written by Heather Munn, or Lydia Munn. I would recommend this book to men and women as well as teens. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!
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