How Huge the Night

Young Adult - Non-Fiction
304 Pages
Reviewed on 06/30/2011
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Reviewed by Lynette Fowlston for Readers' Favorite

How Huge The Night by Heather Munn and Lydia Munn is a powerfully written novel based on true events of World War II. The storyline revolves around the lives of four teenagers, one French and the other three Jewish, and one family who helps hide them. When Julien Losier and his family move to Tanieux to escape Hitler’s menace, his life changes. He is not accepted at school, and his family takes in a Jewish boy to board. Across the region as war breaks out, Gustov and his sister Nina follow their dying father’s wish for them to escape Austria and head to France. When Nina, who is near death, and Julian eventually meet, he comes to realize what it feels like to have someone else’s life dependent on him, and the four teenagers grow a close bond with each other.

This is an outstanding novel based on Le Chambon, which was the only town in France to rescue Jews from the Holocaust. The characters are outstanding, as are the secondary characters who play a huge part in the novel themselves. This was a very hard book on which to write a review and to keep it short as there is so much in the plot to deal with. It’s a story about growing up, finding God and his grace, choices one needs to make that can affect their very life in the future and the bonding of different nationalities. It was a book that was impossible to put down once started. Even though there is so much packed into this book, it’s an easy read. The authors did an outstanding job. I recommend it for everyone, including teenagers.