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How Huge the Night

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  323 Ratings  ·  72 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
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ww2-fiction
I was completely captivated by this story of a French village and the changes during the rise of the Vichy government during World War 2.

Julien, his sister and parents have left Paris and are living near his grandfather in southern France when the war begins. At first Julien has many adjustments to make. Previously, Julien has only visited his grandfather in the summer time. Now he has a new school to attend and he finds to his dismay that there is already a hierarchy set in place, one that does
Kaity-Jane Culbertson
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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
Nora St Laurent
Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Pamela (Lavish Bookshelf)

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
This was a fascinatingly real story of the Holocaust. There were people that went against it all and helped Jewish refugees, at the risk of their own safety. This was their story and it was a beautiful one. The bravery and selflessness was mesmerizing and the war was eye-opening to the teens central in the story. Perspectives switched between a pair of Jewish siblings and a French boy and how they came to be together. I really enjoyed this educational story of such a horrible time in human histo ...more
Nancy Peifer
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Andrea Schultz
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of my topics of great interest is the treatment of the Jewish people during World War II. My interest was spurred by the assigned reading of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ in sixth grade. So when I read the synopsis of ‘How Huge the Night’ by Heather Munn and Lydia Munn, my curiosity was piqued.
Here is the synopsis of this novel:
Based on Actual Events.
When Had God Ever Stopped A War Because A Teenager Asked Him To?
For fifteen-year-old Julien Losier, life will never be the same. His family has re
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-june-2011
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
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
Apr 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If there’s a young adult in your life, you can’t miss by introducing them to the talented mother/daughter writing team of Lydia and Heather Munn. Their debut novel How Huge the Night is a beautiful story of love and sacrifice among the teens in a small French village during World War II.

The main players in the story are Julien, Benjamin, Gustav, and Nina. Julien starts out with the typical goals, dreams, and fears of any fifteen-year-old boy. He resents being torn from his happy life in Paris to
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
Christy Lockstein
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Victor Gentile
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
May 17, 2011 rated it liked it
While I didn’t find myself hooked and unable to put the book down, I did enjoy How Huge the Night. It’s compelling, and it shares a story that (I’m guessing here) most people don’t know much about. According to the authors’ note at the end, there is a real town in central France that (at the time of the war) had 3,000 people. This town saved the lives of more than 3,000 Jews! What an amazing thing! I had no idea …

Anyway, not only was this a slightly educational story, but it was engaging, too. A
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Tina Peterson
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
How Huge the Night is easily one of my favorite books this year. The historical aspect of the story is amazing and the book was very engrossing from the very first page on. The book itself was written for 14-17 year olds but definitely goes beyond that age group.

Julien is a 15 year old boy, uprooted from his home and forced to share his family with an "outsider". Benjamin is Jewish, stand-offish, smart, rich and not friendly. The boys of the village Julien's family has moved to are unfriendly,
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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,
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When was the last time you had to make a decision that was really the difference between life and death? How about the choice between being popular and standing up for what's right? Did you make the right choice?

In Heather Munn's new novel How Huge the Night, the teen protagonist Julian faces both of those decisions, big decisions for a 15-year old who really just wants to play soccer. The novel is really broken up into two stories - the story of Julian as he learns the difference between right
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.

Patricia O'Sullivan
Jan 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jun 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Ann Saylor
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
How Huge the Night is a historical fiction novel that gives readers a glimpse into daily life in southern France as the Nazi's were coming into power. Written by Heather Munn and Lydia Munn, this book captures the tale of young boys facing the realities of war, and realizing that their actions can make a difference in the lives of people around them.

The story offers timely opportunities to explore values as characters face fear, deception, racism, gender discrimination, poverty and inequality.
Kevin Sorensen
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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