How Huge the Night: A Teenager's Choices in the Shadow of Wwii Will Change Him Forever
15-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. ...
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15-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.
'The Munns have written an engrossing historical novel that is faithful to the actual events of World War II in western Europe during the tumultuous year 1940. But How Huge the Night is more than good history; it is particularly refreshing because the reader sees the conflict through the lives of teenagers who are forced to grapple with their honest questions about the existence and goodness of God in the midst of community, family, and ethnic tensions in war-ravaged France.'
Lyle W. Dorsett, Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
'Seldom have the horrors of war upon adolescents, or the heroism of which they are capable been so clearly portrayed. I loved this coming-of-age story.'
Patricia Sprinkle, author of Hold Up the Sky
'The book expertly weaves together the lives of its characters at a frightening moment in conflicted times. As we read of their moral dilemmas and of their choices, we too wonder, would I do as these in the story have done?'
Karen Mains, Director, Hungry Souls
Review By: Jill Pelaez Baumgaertner, Wheaton College
'This is a stunning piece of writing, a real page-turner. Not only does it present the grim realities of hunger, racism, and war, it also shows young people grappling with a world not of their own making and triumphing in the face of overwhelming adversity. The book should be on the must-read list for anyone interested in life's big questions, sensitively and compellingly addressed.'
Heather 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 was the daughter of missionary parents and 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.