Friday, May 20, 2011

How Huge The Night

How Huge the Night coverHow Huge the Night
Written by Heather Munn and Lydia Munn
Published at Kregel

About The Book

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.

Who are Heather Munn and Lydia Munn?

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.

My Thoughts

Even though this book is listed as a teen fiction, I am enjoying it.   It is based on historical events and the characters are believable.   I feel like I am drawn into the story as I “live” the day to day life of Julie as well as the one of Nina and her brother.   From chapter to chapter you will be transported from one situation to another.   You will be with Julien as he encounters the resistance of the young people of the town he is in.   You will follow Nina and her brother as they try to cross Italy to go in France.  

Based on the 2nd World War, I would not hesitate one minute to let my kids read this when we study the time of history.    I find it essential for them to understand and visualize the events of the war.   This book is giving you the opportunity to travel in time and discover how the Nazis invaded numerous countries.

The story is well written and will keep you wanting for more.    At one point Julien will encounter Nina and her brother and their lives will be intertwine as survival becomes necessary.     I literally can’t put the book down when I am reading it.  I have to force myself to put the book on  my night table  so I can sleep at night.  *grin*

If you want “experience” life during the invasion of the Nazis, I would recommend How Huge the Night!

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How Huge the Night is available at your favorite bookstore, even amazon.ca.

To read the reviews of the team of bloggers for this blog tour follow the links below.

5/12

Julie Arduini: The Surrendered Scribe

Sarah at Growing For Christ

Tina’s Book Reviews

Jami's Reviews

5/13

Becky at In the Pages

Anna at Goannatree

Debra at Footprints in the Butter

Jill at Book, Books Everywhere

5/14

SusieQTpies at Scraps of Life

Melissa at Books R Us

Heidi at Starts At Eight

Karla at Ramblin' Roads

5/16

Kari at Alas 3 Lads

Amy at The 160 Acrewoods

Judy at Seize the Book Blog

Tracye at A Heart Poured Out

5/17

Laura at The Book Tree

Diane at That's What I'm Here For

Kim at Window To My World

Crystal at My Reading Room

5/18

Mollie at The Gandy's Home Base

Heather at Proud Book Nerd

Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

Stacie at Hobbit Door

5/19

Laura at Lighthouse Academy

Kaylea at My Scrappy Life

Julie at My 5 Monkeys

Melinda Joy: Living, Laughing, Loving

Elana at The Twinners Reviews & Giveaways

5/20

Whitney at Rambles of a SAHM

Isabelle at Canadian Ladybug Reviews!

Charity at Giveaway Lady

5/21

Musings By Lynn

Katie at Legacy of a Writer

Lauri at Knits, Reads and Reviews

Pamela at Daysong Reflections

5/23

Marissa at The Review Stew

Laura at Day by Day in Our World

Tina at Family Literacy and You

Janet at Home is Where God Sends You

5/24

Tiffany at A Cozy Reader's Corner Reviews

Carrie at Farming On Faith

Renee at Doorkeeper

Kathleen at Reviews From The Heart

5/25

Mandie at Taking Time for Mommy

Jacqui at Single Parent Retreat

Maureen at Maureen's Musings

Stacie at Simply Stacie

5/26

One Desert Roses' Blog--Christian Book Reviews

Sharon at The Legacy of Home

Norma at Wakela's World

Patty at Broken Teepee

Sharon at I Dream Of Writing for God

3 comments:

  1. I'm so happy you're enjoying the book! I hope the ending also satisfies...

    If you get interested in finding out more about the true history behind the book (or even reading some deleted scenes) then come on over to www.howhugethenight.com. We even have a little webforum there, we'd love for you to drop in and say hi. (We're also encouraging teen readers--and adults if they want--to come & have a book discussion there, and we hope to post some additional history stuff maybe once a month or so that teens would find interesting--stories from the French resistance in the region, etc.)

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  2. I finished this book last night. I agree that it is great for teens to gain a better understanding and to experience by being part of the story. It really does suck you in!

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  3. I also reviewed this book and enjoyed it. Have a super week! :O)

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