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How Huge the Night

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  252 ratings  ·  70 reviews
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. ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 9th 2011 by Kregel Publications
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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
I'm finding lately that I really enjoy young adult fiction. I mean *really* enjoy it! When I was in my teen years, there was not much to choose from unless I wanted to read general market. Fifteen years later, there's tons of Christian YA fiction, and well...I gotta make up for lost time!

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
Jul 13, 2012 Pamela added it

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
Julien's story was decent, a story about a boy navigating school and how to deal with social pressure more than a story about a freedom fighter. It is also very much a story of a young boy becoming Christian. I felt it crossed the line from describing a person's religious beliefs to preaching a few times, but it was not the worst offender in that regard that I've come across. I could relate to a few of his dilemmas, such as his realization that the best way to convince someone to change is not t ...more
Kaity-Jane Culbertson
I've always loved learning about WWII, and my favorite way to learn is through fictional books based off of true events: so when I saw and looked into How Huge The Night, I knew if it had great characters and was well written I would love it. Love it I did! From page one, I was drawn into this remarkable, unique, and informative story about the impact of the war on several different young-adult characters. The writing style was easy to read and flowed quite nicely.

One thing that I found interes
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Sometimes we fail to see just how dark some parts of our life can be. Some times hate for one person's race can be just as dark, or how people can judge you based purely on the company you keep, while others will be blinded that all men are truly evil.

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
Excellent. Amazing for a first novel. Set mostly in soon-to-be-Vichy-France at the onset of World War Two, How Huge the Night follows several teens through the surprise, terror and personal challenge of that period. The Munns get the reader right inside the heads and hearts of their cast. That it is a redemptive process for many of them, as opposed to Rolfe's failure to reject the Nazis in "Sound of Music", may be attributed to the great persuasive force exerted on them than simple "You'll never ...more
Nora St Laurent
Most of the books I’ve read about the Nazi’s were from an adult point of view. I enjoyed the review copy of this book which had the reader experience the war through the eyes of adolescents.

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
Nancy Peifer
A very well done book of fiction based on the heroic activites of the people of Chambon-sur-lignon, France during WWII. The inner lives of the characters is so well done that the complexities and conflicting feelings that were surely a part of the Chambon experience, become unsettlingly real. I appreciate the authors' respect for the difficulties the French faced and their avoidance of a simple and unrealistic either-or approach to their story.
The Munns have really captured the characters of the principal players brilliantly. We feel Nina's agony and despair as one promise of help after another falls through, and her strength and will to live fails. And Julian's rejection as an outsider and his rivalry with the 'King of France' intermingle with his spiritual struggles.
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
Miriam Jacob
How Huge the Night
by Lydia Munn, Heather Munn

Growing up as a youth in war-torn, Nazi-occupied France, Julien Losier finds his very identity threatened by the horrifying and devastating effects of war. At the young age of fifteen, this can be extremely daunting for a teenager and can inflict huge psychological damage. In “How Huge the Night,” Heather and Lydia Munn portray the unseen and unsung heroes of World War 2, as they grapple with hunger, racism and war, in a world not of their own making,
How Huge the Night is very thought-provoking, serious, yet loving and caring all in one package. It's a story of God's grace and how people can use it to grace others around them who are in need. It's a story of choices. It's a story of growing up and making decisions that can affect the rest of your life. All of that said, it really isn't that heavy of a story where you don't enjoy it and get lost in the lessons. Contrary to that in fact, the lessons are subtle, but the story is first and forem ...more
Jun 23, 2011 Theresa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!
Recommended to Theresa by: Kregel
"How Huge the Night" fits well in this category of living history. It is beautifully written and is filled with facts and events that come alive through the eyes of children. To hear how France was taken over by Germany from an adult's point of view is usually what one hears about, but the Munn's take it to another level by seeing it as the children did.

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
Jun 18, 2011 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly by: Kregel
Holy moly, this was a FANTASTIC book! It's a light read by any means. With a subject line of Nazi's and WWII, it is FAR from light. In fact, it has more of a slower, dark feel to it. But, with that said, Heather and Lydia Munn have put their talented authoring skills together and created one captivating, emotional read!!!

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
I haven’t been much into reading Young Adult fiction, but after reading a few amazing, awesome, and wonderful books in the YA genre(such as The Healer’s Apprentice and Waterfall, to name a few), I find myself exploring more and more into this genre. So when I got the invite to join the tour for this YA book, I decided to try it. And I am glad I did!

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
Jordan Mierek
I received a copy of HOW HUGE THE NIGHT: A NOVEL by Heather Munn and Lydia Munn, from Kregel Publications. The front of the cover says, “A teenager’s choices in the shadow of WWII will change him forever…” Instantly, I knew this was a book I could sink my teeth into, because I have a special admiration for historical stories. I have read numerous accounts of WWII and the Holocaust, but this was the first that dealt with a strong, religious background. The main characters relied heavily on their ...more
Due to the threat of Hitler’s war, fifteen-year-old Julien Losier and his family moved from Paris to the small town of his father’s upbringing, Tanieux, France, but it is not to his liking. He’s treated like an outcast at school, but perseveres to make friends. The family opens their home to a Jewish boy, Benjamin Keller, who is also from Paris, and he, too, is immediately ostracized at school.

Nina Krenkel of Vienna follows her father’s death-bed command to take herself and her brother, Gustav,
Victor Gentile
Heather Munn and Lydia Munn in their new book, "How Huge The Night" published by Kregel Publications takes us to Tanieux, a little town in southern France during World War II.

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

Authors: Heather Munn and Lydia Munn
Publisher: Kregel Publications
April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8254-3310-8
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
I enjoy books that deal with WWII and especially books that tell a story of Jews who escaped Hitler and his death trap.
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
Maureen Timerman
I loved this book, we tend to forget what these poor people went through with Hitler coming to power.
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
Clockstein Lockstein
How Huge the Night by Heather & Lydia Munn is a compelling story of the German occupation of France during World War II through the eyes of two teenagers. Julien is angry when his family moves from Paris into the countryside of Tanieux to escape from Hitler's growing power. He resents the loss of his friends and what is familiar for hard farm work and a new school where the boys are led by arrogant Henri. He is even more upset when his parents take in a Jewish boy named Benjamin who will als ...more
Johanna Bouchard

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
Kevin Sorensen
This was a delightful book. I enjoyed the historical context very much. I've been going through many of my father's old slides and even some old 8mm film from his days while stationed in Germany in 1952-53. Even though it's fifteen years later, seeing and listening to stories about that time make it seem all that much more real to one who was born long after the fact.

The Munns do an excellent job of bringing pre-war France to life through description of both places and characters. Lydia (the mot
This book is unlike other historical novels I've read set during World War II. Not only does it's descriptions of war, racism, anger and compassion help define it as a strong book, the fact that it is written from the point of view of teenagers, sets it apart from others in its genre.

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
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I began this book, as I don’t usually find myself getting into young adults books, but this was one that once I got reading I couldn’t stop. I enjoy history and that is the main reason why I requested to join in on this tour and am so happy that I did – the book takes place as Hitler is rising to power and WWII has already began. Told from the perspective of a 15 year old boy and a young Jewish girl – the war brings them together in ways that otherwise wou ...more
Patricia O'Sullivan
Julien Losier knows war is coming, but he does not like living in the countryside and he especially does not like the Jewish boy that his parents took in. Julien misses Paris and his friends there and he dislikes how the boys at his new school rally around a blockheaded bully named Henri. At the same time, Nika and Gustav, two Jewish teens from Austria, travel in secret, often going for days without food. By the time Nika and Gustav cross over to France, the Vichy government is in control. Julie ...more
Julien Losier is a typical fifteen year old boy. He just wants to fit in. When Hitler invades Poland during World War II, his family moves from Paris to his father’s childhood home in Tanieux, in southern France, where they will be safer. The village boys call him names and won’t give him the time of day. Things get worse when Julien’s family takes in a German Jewish boy named Benjamin, who is Julien’s age. Any thoughts of Julien fitting in now are rapidly diminishing.

Concurrently, in Austria, N
Whenever I read a historical fiction story that is based on true events I always love the fact that I am learning a bit about history that perhaps I might never really know alot about otherwise. With How Huge The Night the authors do an amazing job of weaving together fact and fiction, to transport us back to the days of WWII, seeing the events of the time thru the eyes of two teenagers Nina and Julian, while I knew at some point their stories would meld I wasn't sure how they would connect.

Normally, I really enjoy books centered around the Holocaust. For some reason, this one just didn't do it for me. Maybe it's because I didn't have the time to sit and really read it through once I got started, I don't know. I really wanted to like this one! There were so many parts that confused me and I jumbled all the characters up. I don't like going for long periods and stretching a book out but alas, grad school took priority. I also do not tend to restart books once I've already started. T ...more
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