I have read many a book that has Nazis in them. What they did to the Jews, and so many others, is one of the worst atrocities we hear of in history. I was sort of hesitant to read one more book about it, but found this one very different. Nina and Gustav are a sister and brother who have to flee home when their father dies. As Jews, they will soon be on the list to be killed. Nina disguise herself as a boy, and changes her name to Niko.
But gender alone doesn't keep one safe when the world you live in is being taken over by a mad man.
How Huge The Night follows two story lines, the travels and struggles of Nina and Gustav, as well as the day to day issues of a boy named Julien. Julien lives in France, but even France isn't safe from Hitler's reach.
In-between day to day chores and school, Julien just flat struggles to find out what God wants him to do, and what his life is about. He has to work hard to do the right thing, and he makes a few steps forward, and some backwards as well.
This is a book written to show how the wars effected teens growing up in this time frame. We have many books on how it effected adults, but this is the first one I have read showing how it changed the young people.
A good, but rather somber read, with God and scripture present through out.
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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
If you would like to read an excerpt from How Huge the Night, go HERE
“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 has these in the story have done?”—Karen Mains, Director, Hungry Souls
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The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/082543310X