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Preview — How Huge the Night by Heather Munn
How Huge the Night
How Huge the Night is a different take on some aspects of WWII that aren't commonly written about in Christian fiction. There is a movie called Charlotte Gray (one of my favorites) that was based on a book about Vichy France and the resistance movement during the Nazi occupation. The fact that the French turned against their own people by aligning with Hitler is similar to when slaves were put in charge of other slaves and this was seen as a betrayal. What difficult times the ...more
How Huge the Night is an compelling and important book. The main character is a teenager named Julien, but in some ways the main character was the war. The politics and horrors of World War II shape the lives of all who come to live in the small French village of Tanieux. Through the eyes of Julien, readers learn about true events when a tiny group of people worked together to protect numerous Jewish refuges over the course of the war.
Each year school kids study World War II, learning important ...more
In addition to having not read a lot of YA books, I've also not read a whole lot from the WWII period. Frankly, it's just really difficult to read. I cannot imagine living in a world of persecution and hate, be ...more
One thing that I found interes ...more
In the novel How Huge The Night by Heather and Lydia Munn we are called as witnesses into the lives of three very unique children thrown together by the circumstances of World War II. This novel is based on actual events and you, the reader will be ...more
Not all parents were as helpful or took the time to explain life and events to their children like Julian Lozier’s parents did. He was fifteen-year-old and his parents wanted him to understand and process certain events so he could realize how it would impact their world.
Julian and his family fled to Souther ...more
We hear of the French capitulation in the face of the Nazi advance, betrayal by the Vichy puppet government and the terror and brutality experienced by fleeing Jews. Ev ...more
To say this book is amazing, is an understatement. It tore at my heart, and I found myself in tears more than once. From a parent's point of vi ...more
This book was written in a way that EVERYONE, young readers and old, can fully grasp the knowledge of the happenings during WWII. It truly amazes me that that time in history wa ...more
The cast of characters in How Huge the Night were all very fleshed-out and believable. Julien’s character was neat to get to know. He had his faults ...more
Nina Krenkel of Vienna follows her father’s death-bed command to take herself and her brother, Gustav, ...more
Fifteen year old Julien Losier has recently moved with his parents and younger sister from Paris to the town of Tanieux, a little town in southeastern France, where his father was born and his paternal grandfather still lives. He is very unhappy about this move as he would prefer to be back in Paris and does not see how he ...more
Title: HOW HUGE THE NIGHT
Authors: Heather Munn and Lydia Munn
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Genre: Inspirational/young adult
Julien Losier is fifteen years old. Hitler’s troops have just started their invasion, and his family feels they’ll be safer in the south of France than in Paris. But Julien doesn’t want to run. The boys in the town don’t accept him and won’t let him play soccer; he is made fun of in school. But things get worse when his family take in a fifte ...more
Not only was I enticed by the cover of this book but the title "grabbed" me. How Huge the Night seems to aptly describe how most people must have felt during this terrible time in history ~ like the night would never end!
Julien was quite "real" to me....maybe because I remember being 15 and all the changes that came into my life at that age. But mostly, I think, because he is "r ...more
This is Julien Losier story, a fifteen year old from Southern France, and Nina Krenkel [Niko] a Jewish girl from Austria. There is also the Losier family, and Benjamin Keller a Jewish boy who comes to live with them. The story includes every day life before the thick clouds of danger start to descend on the people of Tanieux.
The people of Tanieux show what it is to be a Christian. They give what ...more
Written from the viewpoint of a teenage boy in the French countryside during WWII, How Huge The Night is an honest look into the evil, and goodness, of man, in one of the darkest periods in history, and how having faith in God can get you through it all.
I was very impressed with this book, both with the writers' style and deep insightfulness into the emotions that people go through in difficult times. We read it in our history books, yet it is still so incredible to believe that people are capa ...more
The Munns do an excellent job of bringing pre-war France to life through description of both places and characters. Lydia (the mot ...more
I really liked the story. It made me think - it also made me want to pull the book it's based upon (Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed) off my shelf to re-read it. That book, based upon the experiences in Le Chambon, tells ...more
Concurrently, in Austria, N ...more