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How Huge the Night by Heather Munn
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Jul 13, 2012

Read in June, 2011

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 facts about the Maginot line, the occupation of Paris and the atrocities committed in hate. It's time to put away those boring text books and make the learning real. This book would be a wonderful resource for the study of World War II.

It's not a book that is easy to read, with topics such as Nazi occupation and war. This book is precisely what brings history to life. Teens will relate to characters their own age, hopefully opening up conversations about the horrors of prejudice and violence against others.

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