Available now... Defy the Night, the hard-hitting sequel to How Huge the Night.
In How Huge the Night, Julien witnessed the downfall of his country and learned to face the terrifying fact that in his new life, his choices could mean life or death for his most vulnerable friends. Now in Defy the Night, his younger sister Magali sets out with a burning desire to save the persecuted, and comes of age herself in a trial by fire.
If no-one will do anything, she'll have to do it herself
In so-called “free” France in 1941, food is rationed, news is censored, and the Vichy government is accomodating the Nazis by arresting refugees and locking them up in internment camps. Fifteen-year-old Magali takes it personally—most of her friends are refugees. She wants to do something about it. Someone has to—but it seems like no one has the guts. Till Magali meets Paquerette.
Smuggling refugee children is Paquerette's job. And she asks Magali to help.
The work is scary and exhausting, and Magali can't get enough of it. It's the chance of a lifetime: helping persecuted children—and defying the people who have ruined her country. But in the end, will her brash courage save lives—or put them in danger?
Praise for Defy the Night:
A beautifully written coming-of-age story, Defy the Night centers around sixteen-year-old Magali Losier’s desire to do something heroic during the Nazi occupation of France. Just as the deep chill of the burle wind whips through the village of Tannieux, the chill of the Nazi regime infiltrates Magali’s world. In her sincere, headstrong and sometimes misguided efforts to ‘do something’ against this impending doom, Magali learns through many painful experiences what true heroism looks like. Heather and Lydia Munn’s research is historically accurate and their writing breathtaking as they describe the rescue of children from internment camps by brave individuals who risked their lives to defy not only the night, but evil itself.
Elizabeth Musser, author
But maybe you still haven't read:
How Huge the Night
A teenager's choices in the shadow of World War II will change him forever...
For fifteen-year-old Julien Losier, life will never be the same. His family has left his childhood home in Paris and relocated to southern France as Hitler begins to threa
ten their country. But Julien doesn't want to run. He doesn't want to huddle around the radio at night, waiting to hear news through buzzing static. Julien doesn't want to wait.
Angry, frustrated, and itching to do something, Julien finds a battle everywhere he turns.
His family opens their home to a Jewish boy needing refuge. His country falls to the Nazis. And in the new life they all are forced to make for themselves in the aftermath, Julien meets Nina... a young Austrian who has fled her country by her father's dying command. Nina also is Jewish, and in grave danger. Julien suddenly realizes the enormity of having someone's life or death depend on... him.
How Huge the Night is a novel by Heather and Lydia Munn, inspired by the true story of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, the town in the south of France that became a refuge for Jews during World War II. A compelling story that will keep both teens and adults turning the pages, How Huge the Night explores both the darkness of the World War II experience in Europe and its moments of piercing light.
"Up there with Anne Frank and The Hiding Place." - Karla Cook, Ramblin' Roads
"The reader is instantly hooked... History is only boring if you fail to realize that it happened to real people just like you and I." - Rambles of a Stay-at-Home Mom
"How Huge the Night is easily one of my favorite books this year." - Tina Peterson, Family Literacy and You
"I love a book where the writing is so vivid you mirror the characters' emotions--and How Huge the Night does exactly that!" - Katie, Legacy of a Writer
"How Huge the Night is a different take on some aspects of World War II that aren't commonly written about in Christian fiction... very inspiring and compelling." - Michelle Sutton, Healing Hearts
"Told with poignant realism." - Pamela, Daysong Reflections
"You won't forget How Huge the Night. I don't think you are supposed to." - Julie Arduini, The Surrendered Scribe