Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How Huge The Night

Thanks to Litfuse Group for providing this book in exchange for my honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. I have always been fascinated with the WWII era, especially when I was a teenager. This is a youth book but one that I was able to enjoy as an adult. I think I would have truly enjoyed this book then as well as now. There are also universal struggles that all teenagers face. 

I love that the authors are very familiar with the people and area the book is set in. I feel like this is a fresh look at the era, events and tragedies of that period. I definitely recommend it. Enjoy but don't just take my word for it! Check out what others are saying.

About How Huge the Night:

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. 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.

About the Munn's:
Heather Munn 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 Munn, daughter of missionary parents, 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.


  1. sounds really good. think i would like to read it ;)

  2. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing our book! I'm really glad you enjoyed it. If you are interested in anything more about the true story of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, you could have a look at

  3. I also reviewed this book and enjoyed it. Have a super week! :O)