Thursday, June 23, 2011

How Huge the Night

Genre- Teen Fiction
How Huge the Night by Heather and Lydia Munn
Published by- Kregel Publications
Copyrighted- 2011
Number of pages- 304 pages
Age Group- Teen
Description of book- paperback, list price $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-3310-8
Extra- "Historical Note" at the end by Heather Munn.
From the back of the book:
For fifteen-year-old Julien Losier, life will never be the same.  His family has relocated to southern France to outrun Hitler’s menace.  But Julien doesn’t want to run.  He doesn’t want to huddle around the radio at night, waiting to hear news through the buzzing static.  Julien doesn’t want to wait.
Angry, frustrated, and itching to do something, Julien finds a battle everywhere he turns.
Soon after his family opens their house to a Jewish boy needing refuge, Julien meets Nina, a young Austrian who has fled her home by her dying father’s command.  Nina’s situation is grave and Julien suddenly realizes the enormity of having someone’s life or death depend on…him.
Here is an expert to the book!

About the authors- Go here for an interview with the authors
Heather Munn has grown up in France with her missionary parents and now lives with her husband in Illinois in a Christian intentional community.  She went to Wheaton College where she has earned a BA in literature.  Heather was wanted to be a writer since she was five-years-old.


Lydia Munn and her husband have two children.  Lydia has been church planting and Bible teaching in France since 1983.  She has a BA in literature from Wheaton and has always enjoy reading books.

My thoughts-
Wow!  What a powerful book.  I couldn’t put it down.  I have studied World War II from textbooks when I was in high school, but all I can remember is facts about Germany, England and the invasion at Pearl Harbor.  Heather and Lydia Munn brought Southern France and Julien’s life as well as Nina’s to me so I was able to live vicariously through them.

It must have been very difficult to live in their time, being on the edge of adulthood, but not quite being there yet.  I remember being a teen and it was hard enough without a war, so I can’t imagine what it would be like with the threat of war and everybody choosing sides.    

God plays such an important role in a young adult’s life, especially during wartime.  I was glad to see the role that Julien’s grandfather played in introducing a just and forgiving God to Julien.  A young adult needs to know that God forgive us our sins and we need to make sure we forgive others, so we can help lead them to God.    

I would recommend this book to all teens as well as adults who wish to learn more about what life was like in southern France during World War II.
Disclosure of Material Connection- I received How Huge the Night by Heather and Lydia Munn for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for reviewing our book! I'm so glad you liked it. Yes, history coming to life is one of the reasons I enjoyed working on this book. Another blogger said, "The only reason people find history boring is when they fail to realize it happened to people just like you and me." That's how I feel about this book--I got to help show people that it happened to people like you and me.